General Kenney reports by George C Kenney

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I said we would do everything possible to help him carry out his commitments, but that I would prefer to tell him what that “possible” was when I got back. ’’ W e shook hands and I left. MacArthur looked a little tired, drawn, and nervous. Physically he was in excellent shape for a man of sixty-three. H e had a little less hair than when I last saw him six years ago, but it was all black. H e still had the same trim figure and took the same long graceful strides when he walked. His eyes were keen and you sensed that that wise old brain of his was working all the time.

Furthermore, 37 General Kenney Reports-August, 1942 that from then on we would have a definite primary, secondary, and tertiary target assigned for every mission. About noon the Japs raided Seven Mile with twelve bombers escorted by fifteen fighters which came in at twenty thousand feet and laid a string of bombs diagonally across one end of the runway and into the dispersal area where our fighters and a few A-24 dive bombers were parked. A couple of damaged P-39s didn’t need any more work done on them, three A-24s were burned up, and a few drums of gasoline were set on fire, shooting up huge flames that probably encouraged the Jap pilots to go home and turn in their usual report of heavy damage to the place.

A colonel named Frye, who was running a small air depot in Brisbane, came in and I told him to report what requisitions from my list he had in stock and also to give me a forecast right away on how many B-I 7s then undergoing repair and overhaul a t Amberley Field and Eagle Farms, two airdromes a few miles out of Brisbane, would be ready that day, the next day, and each day for the rest of the week. Brett came in and asked me if I had any objection to his taking T h e Swoose, his private B-17, for the trip home as far as Hawaii, as it was hard to get air transportation that far by air.

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