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-HH- Beebop
03-12-2005, 11:38 AM
Available at airwarfare.
Researched by woofiedog.

From the ReadMe:
Bismark Sea/A Co-Op Mission for FB/AEP/PF
"The Goodenough Slot"
A semi-historical mission by ~HH~ Beebop, inspired by research done by Woofiedog

A Japanese convoy of soldiers that had set out to invade New Guinea was attacked by superior Allied forces on March 3rd and 4th, 1942 in the Bismark Sea. Poorly protected by outdated pre-WWII aircraft, the convoy and it's destroyer escort was sunk after two days of attacks by both American and British forces. As a result of the attack Japan never again tested the might of the Allies in large troop movements by sea.
This mission represents the second day's attacks by B-25's and Bristol Beaufighter's.

This mission is "semi-historical" due to the limitations of Forgotten Battles/Aces Expansion Pack/Pacific Fighters.

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03-12-2005, 11:43 AM
Go on MSN please http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

03-12-2005, 04:19 PM
Hmmm. Research could use a little extra checking. The convoy was attacked by US and Australian forces, not British. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

03-13-2005, 12:57 AM
RAC_Pips... Sorry if my post isn't to your standard. woofiedog

posted Mar 4, 1:22 AM
On this day of March 4 1943...

Battle of the Bismarck Sea


March 3-4 1943

At the same time as the Guadalcanal campaign was raging, an equally bitter series of battles was occurring on the island of New Guinea. In early march, a convoy set out from Rabaul to land much-needed reinforcements in the Buna - Gona area. It was composed of eight transports escorted by eight destroyers, and screened by an inadequate light combat air patrol.


Unbeknownst to the Japanese, the American air force had been experimenting with a new aerial tactic called skip-bombing, wherein the attacking airplane drops a bomb with a long-delay fuze close to the surface and lets it skip into the side of the target ship. This was the first occasion in which the Americans would use this new tactic. As soon as the Japanese came under the radius of American airpower, the convoy was attacked relentlessly. The first day's attack (by high altitude B-17s) sank two transports and damaged a third. Two destroyers were tasked with rescuing the survivors and making a high speed run to New Guinea to deposit them. This they did, and returned to the plodding convoy before dawn the next day.

March 4 proved to be a disaster for the Japanese. Coming within range of American and Australian medium bombers, the convoy was savaged by skip-bombing and strafing. By noon, all six remaining transports and four of the destroyers were sinking or sunk. The remaining four destroyers recovered what few survivors they could and fled north to Rabaul. After this, the Japanese would never again attempt to run slow transports into the face of American airpower.

at the Madang, New Guinea, after being bombed and strafed by USAAF B-25 Mitchells and RAAF Beaufighters. Six Japanese aircraft are destroyed along with damage to buildings, fuel dumps, and barges.

A B-25 and Japanese Oscar fighter mix it up at Hansa Bay, New Guinea. Both planes survive the action and return to their bases.


A low flying B-25 catches a "Helen", a Japanese medium bomber, on the ground while crews were preparing it for a bombing mission. They leave it a smoking wreck at Wewak, New Guinea.

A Japanese cargo ship is spotted and attacked by low flying Allied aircraft near Wewak, New Guinea.

A Japanese cargo ship is strafed and skip bombed near Wewak, New Guinea.

Three Japanese fighters are left burning after a low level attack by Allied aircraft at Madang, New Guinea

Allied aircraft bomb and strafe the Japanese airfield at Wewak, New Guinea.

Manokawari, New Guinea: strafing Japanese shipping.

Karas, Dutch New Guinea: a Douglas A-20 Havoc is caught by Japanese flak and swerves out of control.



This is an enlargement of the 12th April 1943 air-raid taken from a trench at 14-Mile as the main Japanese formation flew overhead at 25,000 feet. The top right-hand arrow shows the direction of flight, whilst the lower left indicates the lead G4M1 flown by Commander of the 751st Kokutai, Masaichi Suzuki. Only thirty-six bombers can be counted in this photo, the reason being that one chutai of the 705th Kokutai was assigned to bomb Kila Drome and hence split up prior to the bomb run.

-HH- Beebop
03-13-2005, 10:50 AM

The error was mine not woofiedog's. I wrote the ReadMe and take full responsibility for the error. As you can see in the above documentation it clearly states "...Autralian medium bombers..."
I am correcting the error in the ReadMe and will be asking airwarfare to to exchange the current mission for the corrected one.

My apologies to woofiedog. You did top notch work sir.

-HH- Beebop
03-15-2005, 04:38 PM

ReadMe and flies updated. Thanks Jim.

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03-18-2020, 03:37 AM
Bismarck Sea, section of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, bounded to the southwest by the northeast coast www.walgreenslistens.com (https://www.walgreenslistens.website/)
of New Guinea and to the northwest through to the southeast by the Bismarck Archipelago.