February 16, 1944 (Wednesday)

Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands

We’ve lost our first airfield in almost two years to the Japs. The 500 foot strip (Cubs) at Ibu was abandoned by the Fijians to a superior force of Japs. The Jap trap was successfully circumnavigated and the Fijians are headed for the coast above Torokina.

(My four-year Navy flying contract is up today! Feb. 16, 1940, I entered Pensacola for four years of Naval Aviation. If this were peacetime, I’d be out!)

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