Bloody Tuesday


Here are more thoughts on 2 November 1943.


Weather, another constant foe of aircrews, once again put a damper on Fifth Air Force’s plans to attack Simpson Harbor on October 26, 1943 and then again on the 29th. Everyone was on edge. The Third Marine Division was slated to invade the beaches of Bougainville on November 1st, covered by a strike from the air. With the weather still not letting up, the Marines’ plan went on as scheduled without the strike. After days of waiting, the weather finally cleared up on November 2nd.

This raid would target the shipping in the harbor instead of Rabaul itself. 57 P-38s and 75 B-25s (covered by other P-38s) were sent out to take out the harbor’s shoreline defenses and drop “Kenney’s Cocktails” (phosphorus bombs) to hinder the enemy’s view of the attack, then hit all the shipping possible. There were hundreds of guns on the shore to protect the harbor. When…

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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 20, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. And now ships would sit miles away and send in missiles, possibly guided from the US. This doesn’t make war any less scary, but much less personal. –Curt

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  2. Sad. 57 plus P-38’s !, perfectly suited for strafing attacks; some of them could have softened up those ships AA guns before the bombers went in; known but to God why Wilkins and other brave crews had to die.
    Also left this comment on source site…

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  3. More tales of brave men going about their tasks steadfastly, and with great bravery. Sobering stuff, GP, and nice that they are remembered here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Thank you for linking, Kathy.

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