VICTORY IN THE BISMARCK SEA
An Australian squadron played an important role in one of the most decisive battles in the southwest Pacific, as Andrew Thomas recounts
THE BOSTONS OF 22 SQUADRON, RAAF, PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN THE DESTRUCTION OF A JAPANESE TROOP CONVOY, LAUNCHING DIVE BOMB AND SKIP BOMB ATTACKS
“Sailing in two divisions each of four transports and four destroyers – but sailing at a speed of just seven knots – it was a tempting if not necessary target”
By February 1943, the Japanese campaign in the southwest Pacific had reached a crucial point. Guadalcanal was over and both sides were left smarting. However, the action on New Guinea, more than 600 miles to the west, was far from over.