1/2 February – This was the last fight between the Tokyo Express and the PT’s at Guadalcanal and it was the most violent. Three boats were sunk – the 37, 111 and 123, with a total of 6 enlisted men killed, 3 officers killed, 6 enlisted missing and 6 others wounded. Five PTs fired 19 torpedoes, claiming 2 destroyers sunk and 2 damaged.
The Makigumo was either damaged by the PTs or by one of the 300 mines laid that day. Two more Japanese evacuation trips were made on 4/5 and 7/8, but the boats did not attempt to intercept. During this time, Japanese Gen. Hyakutake and his remaining troops were ferried off Guadalcanal 6 months after the US troops arrived on the island.
In the Bismark Sea, the 5th Air Force spotted a convoy and performed the first “skip-bombing” technique. Mitchell bombers…
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