Planes and the Pacific
MARINE air operations in the South Pacific islands continue to be interesting but inconclusive. Complete data on the forays in the Gilberts as well as Bougainville is not yet available.
There are some facts, however, worth noting. In the original landing at Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville, the air umbrella was reported to consist of more than 200 Marine planes. Other squadrons neutralized the nearby base of Kahili and other Japanese airfields in the vicinity.
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