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Skarper03 Apr 2021 4:01 p.m. PST

Operations room video.

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14Bore03 Apr 2021 4:35 p.m. PST

Knew the story but a good video explanation

Skarper03 Apr 2021 5:25 p.m. PST

Indeed – Operations Room videos usually provide a very clear explanation and overview. Balanced too.

Wolfhag19 Apr 2021 8:21 p.m. PST

Great video. I once had lunch with Lt Besby Holmes. IIRC he said his guns jammed on the first burst.

Holmes successfully flew P-39's at Guadalcanal before transitioning to P-38's. My Father-in-Law had related a story of when he was a crew member on a Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) on Guadalcanal (Airfield #2, not Henderson Field). On the day of the big dogfight, a Jap Zero attacked their airfield and singled him out for a strafing run (the third time this had happened to him in the war). A P-39 swooped in and chased the Zero off. I related the story to Besby and he said he remembered chasing a Zero off at low altitude but could not be sure of exactly where. He said there was only a few P-39's airborne that day and it very well could have been him that saved my wife's dad. I paid for lunch.

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