Raiding Rabaul

These researchers help us to see the war from the air as well as the ground.

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Fifth Air Force sent 100+ B-25s and Beaufighters and 87 B-24s in a decisive blow against Japanese air power in Rabaul on October 12, 1943. This was to be the first in a series of strikes that would last until mid-November to render ineffective Japanese air power in the area for the remainder of the war. The entry below was taken from the diary of Kenneth Rosebush, a 3rd Bomb Group pilot with the 90th Squadron.

October 12, 1943

The Attack on Rabaul. It was a big one: Rabaul. Rabaul was the Japanese Bastille of the southwest Pacific. Its very name struck fear into your heart. We had numerous false reports that Japanese Tokyo-express, aircraft carriers, and warships (only), were either leaving or going into Rabaul. Each time, over several months, we would be alerted and hat to sweat it out. This time it was a “go” for several Rabaul…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 6, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Hey, thanks for another reblog! A nice surprise on a Monday morning. 🙂

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  2. Wow, 20 feet off the ground. That seems incredibly low. There certainly wasn’t any room for error. –Curt

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    • Sort of like the crazy stunts the helicopter pilots in Vietnam used to pull. You have wonder how they do it!
      (I noticed you telling Andrew Petcher about walking 4 mph – you ARE a speed demon!)

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      • Laughing about the speed demon. And one of my best friends was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. I’ve heard many stories. Also, our son Tony did some really wild things in Iraq with his Helicopter, most of which he has avoided telling Peggy. –Curt

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        • Tell Tony I said thank you for all he’s done for us, plus – listen to your father and don’t tell your mother the Iraq stories!!
          I’ts good to have a laugh once in a while, isn’t it Curt?!

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          • Yes it is GP. Here’s one that I don’t think I relayed. It was the beginning of the Iraq War and Peggy gets a message to report to the office of the elementary school where she is a Principal. It’s about Iraq. Scary stuff, right? Anyway its a phone call from KGO in San Francisco and they want to patch Peggy through to a reporter in Iraq who was embedded on Tony’s helicopter. The reporter just returned from a mission with Tony. Under close to white out conditions from a dust storm, Tony had flown out on a rescue mission to pick up wounded marines and Iraqis. The reporter described how Tony flew down between high power lines, set the helicopter down, and then had his helicopter loaded with wounded, including one child who had lost a leg. The reporter described how he (the reporter) had held onto the child to keep him from slipping out the door because of the angle Tony had to fly out to avoid the high power lines. It was definitely the type of tale to set a mother’s heart to racing and not calm her fears over the dangers her son faced. KGO had intended to have Tony talk to Peggy, but Tony wasn’t aware of the call and had headed out for other duty. –Curt

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  3. That was an exciting first-hand account of a combat mission indeed. We are lucky to have such personal memoirs to look back on.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Ganduri bune pentru o zi minunata!!

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  5. 20 ft above the ground with a 500 gallon jerry can in the back, interesting 😀

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  6. That is so great that diaries and journals were kept and shared. So much we would never have known about. Thanks.

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    • Having the diaries, letters and memories saved is a blessing for those of us who wish to know what happened, very true, Toni. Frankly, we would otherwise we at the mercy at whatever the ‘historians’ and ‘governments’ tell us.

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  7. I googled b-24, b-25, and p-38 to see what they look like. Darn, I’m really sometimes at a loss when it comes to figher planes used in ww2. Hahaha!
    P-38 looked like the b-wing fighters in Star Wars. Why did they designed p-38 in such a manner? I hope you can also delve a little bit more on war machines used in ww2. 🙂

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  8. Fantastic! I can only imagine the satisfaction and elation that they felt.

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