By Dr William Wolf (Mi
Within the savage air strive against over Guadalcanal after which the both bloody air battles up Solomon chain, New Georgia and Bougainville, thirteenth Fighter Command took a again seat to Marine aviation in group of workers, gear, provide, operations, and exposure
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VMSB-231 had 16 SBDs under Maj. Leo Smith (succeeded by Capt. Ruben Iden MIA and then Capt. Elmer Glidden); landed on 30 August and was relieved on 16 October. VMBS-141 had an advance element arrive on 23 September, after which CO Maj. Gordon Bell landed with the largest squadron to operate from Cactus on 5-6 October. The squadron left the island by 19 November. Bell's successor, Lt. S. Ashcraft, was KIA on 8 November. VMBS-132, under Maj. Joseph Sailer, arrived on 1 November and left on 9 December without its able leader, who was killed in action on 7 December.
Now this Charlie guy, he flew so high We couldn't score a hit Until one night they set a trapAnd 'Magtag Charlie' bit. He saw a light and he flew down lowThe anti-aircraft guns let go. Gen. Gen. Kiyotake Kawaguchi on four destroyer transports down the Slot in the late afternoon. Two SBDs on recon spotted the force and bombed it without getting any hits, but 11 of Mangrum's SBDs took off from Henderson and hit three of the destroyers only 70 miles off Guadalcanal. They exploded the Asagiri and set the Yugiri on fire.
Since the reported aircraft were single-engine it was assumed that a divebombing attack on the shipping in Tulagi Harbor was imminent. At 1105 eight F4Fs and 11 (eight repaired that night) PAOOs took off Part Two, Chapter 2 - August 1942 to meet the dive-bombers. One flight, led by Capt. Thomas Christian and made up of Lts. Chilson, Dutton, and Wythes, was sent on CAP over the shipping at Tulagi, particularly the USS Burroughs, which ran aground trying to anchor for the night after unloading troops and supplies off Cactus.