In Reply to: Durand Field and Edward D Durand posted by John C Durand on December 07, 2002 at 14:51:23:
On 30 April 1942 a reinforcement of Airacobras of the 35th and 36th FS landed at Horn Island after a Japanese raid. The American fighters then refuelled before taking off again for Port Moresby, New Guinea. They landed at Seven Mile Strip around noon. The fighters took-off that afternoon to strafe Lae.|
The American fighters then moved on to Salamaua where three small seaplanes were claimed burned out and small ground targets strafed. A strong and well-organised force of Zeros had taken off from Lae and waited for the young Americans at a point they had to pass on the homeward leg. On the way home a furious dogfight erupted.
The Zero pilots put in claims for two of these fighters. One was Lt Edward Durand who was shot down, captured and executed.
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