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Harmon asked the Gen. g. " (Harmon to Marshall, 8 September 1942) But the P-400 did have a role in the Cactus Air Force, and soon it flew its first mission in that new role. During the night of 1 September, two Japanese transports and two destroyers stood off Tasimboko, a village about 20 miles east of Henderson. 12) was a PAOa of Patsy Flight flown by Lt. Richard Johnston that flew with Brannon's original group on 22 August. Not long after this photo was taken she was caught on the runway and destroyed by strafing Zeros.
Allan Sewart attacked another carrier. The B-17 formation claimed hits on the carrier that were later confirmed as misses, while gunners claimed five Zeros downed. All eight B-17s returned safely to base through heavy rainstorms. IIBG B-17s flying from "Buttons" (Espiritu Santo) were to continue to playa large role against the Japanese in the South Pacific. Unaccountably, that night the major Japanese warships withdrew, but Adm. Raizo Tanaka in his flagship, the cruiser Jintsu, and eight destroyers and destroyer transports of the landing force continued on toward Guadalcanal.
It was good to climb to altitude, as you could finally get cool and you didn't want to come back down. Even though we flew at 20 to 30,000 feet I don't ever remember being cold in my flight suit. When we arrived in Fiji, we had been issued long sleeved shirts and long pants, so we went down to the tailor shop and had the locals make us short-sleeved shirts and short pants. " The air defense of Henderson was under the control of VMF223 and a single battery of 90mm AA guns and 58 automatic weapons located around the field.