Monday, March 4, 2013

Mar

4

1943

Japanese force destroyed in the Bismarck Sea

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea, 3 March 1943: A bomb explodes off the port bow of a Japanese destroyer during the Bismarck Sea Battle.

Both tactically and strategically, this was an outstanding operation. Besides the ships sunk, from 59 to 83 planes had been shot down and at least 9 others damaged. The Army Air Forces lost 1 B-17 and 3 P-38’s in combat, and a B-25 and a Beaufighter through other causes. Total Army Air Forces personnel losses came to 13 while the Japanese lost approximately 12,700 officers and men.