Still sick or rather sea sick. “What a salt”, hanger deck watch 00-0400.
Sighted more islands. Three fighters and eight scout bombers took off flight deck for the Fiji Islands. Three planes damaged. Hanger deck watch. International date line – Skip a day.
Fiji Islands. Rest of planes took off. Dropped anchor in bay – no harbors or piers – unloaded all gear into landing barges. Landed on island 1500. Many natives. Traveled fifteen miles to our camp, Army style – cots, mess kits, and pitched camp. Islands are very beautiful, natives still wear primitive clothing, but speak English very well. All cars and trucks drive on the opposite side of the road. No blackout rules.
Location: Serua District, Fiji
Two T.B.F.’s wrecked in air! Both planes returned safely – no one hurt. Went up on a test hop in my plane and flew all around the island. VG5-16 flew in from Guadalcanal with battered up planes.
Collected $500.00 from the entire Air Group Eleven for a Trust fund for Mike O’Malley’s baby girl – Diane Shannon. VG5-11 flew in with a few boys from 9/24 class. Lost an F4F in the Sea – Pilot was killed. Went night flying.