26 Dec 1943

Pacific Ocean
  • While supporting landing operations on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, destroyer USS Shaw was attacked by two Japanese D3A 'Val' dive-bombers. Shrapnel from three bomb near-misses created over one hundred holes in the hull and injured 36 men, 3 of whom later died of their wounds. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Shaw | Bismarck Sea | DS]

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