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26 Dec 1943

Pacific Ocean
  • The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Brownson was sunk by a Japanese dive bomber off Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Bismarck Sea | AC]
  • While supporting landing operations on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, destroyer USS Shaw was attacked by two Japanese D3A 'Val' dive-bombers. Shrapnel from three bomb near-misses created over one hundred holes in the hull and injured 36 men, 3 of whom later died of their wounds. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Shaw | Bismarck Sea | DS]
4 Jun 1944

Pacific Ocean
  • A group of United States and Australian cruisers came under Japanese air attack off Biak Island northwest of New Guinea. USS Nashville sustained serious hull damage from a near-miss aerial bomb off her starboard quarter. There were no serious personnel injuries but two compartments were flooded and the ship began bleeding oil. USS Phoenix sustained damage from two near-miss bombs that killed one sailor and injured four others while causing internal flooding and damage to her propellers. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Nashville | Phoenix | Bismarck Sea | DS]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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