February 5, 1944 (Saturday)

Nouméa, New Caledonia

Took PB4Y to Nouméa for extended hop, on ComSoPac’s request (and against the admiral’s wishes). Diane is still in New Zealand. Stayed overnight with Bill Kitchell at Admiral Halsey’s house — the former Japanese consulate. Lt.Col. Len Ashwell, USMC, gave us some very interesting views on aviation — especially Naval Aviation. He and I agree wholeheartedly. 

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