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Table of Contents
Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service
Chapter 1: Growing Up
Chapter 2: Port Moresby Before Pearl Harbour
Chapter 3: Port Moresby After Pearl Harbour
Chapter 4: Allied Air Force HQ and RAAF Command, Brisbane
Chapter 5: Japan Surrenders and We Are Demobilised
Appendix 1: References
Appendix 2: Milestones
Dec 1941Jan 1942
Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins
Appendix 4: Radiosonde Observations 194146
1942 (continued)1217 May: W. J. Gibbs in Port Moresby field hospital with dengue fever.
13 May: 48th Japanese air raid on Port Moresby by Zeros which became involved in fierce dogfights with USAF Airacobras.
14 May: 49th & 50th Japanese air raids on Port Moresby. After 13 Zeros made decoy raid, 26 bombers and nine Zeros made further raid.
30 May: Japanese submarine off Sydney launches float plane 2.47 am which flies undetected at low altitude over Sydney Harbour sighting ships including USS Chicago and HMAS Australia.
31 May: Japanese mother submarine launches three midget submarines in evening which enter harbour between 8 and 10 pm. Two pass boom undetected and launch torpedo attacks which damage naval quarters but narrowly miss USS Chicago. Two midget submarines destroyed.
3 Jun: Japanese navy suffers heavy losses to US fleet in battle of Midway.
8 Jun: Japanese submarines shell eastern Sydney suburbs and city of Newcastle inflicting only minor damage.
16 Jun: 60th air raid on Port Moresby. Strong force of Zeros raid Seven-mile airstrip.
17 Jun: 61st air raid on Port Moresby. 18 Betty bombers escorted by nine zeros. MV MacDhui received direct hit by bomb but remained operational.
18 Jun: 62nd air raid on Port Moresby. While under way in harbour MV MacDhui received four direct hits from flight of 18 bombers and is run aground on reef in harbour.
26 Jun: 65th air raid on Port Moresby. 18 bombers 12 Zeros driven off by USAF Airacobras.
5 Jul: 68th air raid on Port Moresby. High level raid by 18 bombers. Zeros and Airacobras in fierce dogfight
6 to 24 Jul: Japanese make five air raids on Port Moresby with number of bombers in individual raids between 18 and 26. Escorting Zeros engaged by USAF Airacobras.
17 Jul: W. J. Gibbs posted to Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane.
20 Jul: MacArthur moves headquarters from Melbourne to AMP insurance building, Brisbane. His family and staff occupy Lennons Hotel.
22 Jul: Japanese occupy Gona on north coast of New Guinea.
28 Jul: General George C Kenney USAF takes over from General Brett as CO of Allied Air Forces, AVM W Bostock in charge of RAAF Command, Brisbane. AVM George Jones Chief of Air Staff, RAAF Melbourne.
17 Aug: 75th air raid on Port Moresby by 24 bombers inflicts severe damage on Seven-mile airstrip.
26 Aug: Japanese landing at Milne Bay comes under attacks by Kittyhawks of RAAF Squadrons Nos 75 and 76.
29 Aug: Japanese occupy Kokoda, 90km in direct line from Port Moresby, and begin spectacular advance across Owen Stanley Range to attack Port Moresby.
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