commandos lost in a Second World War raid: Guns of Muschu
by Don Dennis.
book led to a recent
expedition to Muschu Island and the discovery of the remains of four of the
commandos lost in the raid
commandos landed on Japanese-held Muschu Island, off the coast of New Guinea.
Their mission, to confirm the location of two concealed naval guns commanding
the approaches to Wewak Harbour.
Nine days later, on the New Guinea mainland, the only survivor staggered back
through the Japanese lines to safety…
This is the remarkable, true story of that survivor.
the hills giving way to the neat squares of palm plantations near the coast.
Sighting a road, Smith checked his course, then saw the harbor ahead and lined
up on a row of warehouses. There was no sign of the freighter mentioned in the
briefing – it had probably left the harbor before dawn. The dock area was
stacked with cargo, a line of trucks suddenly breaking ranks as warning of the
approaching aircraft sounded.
Howling low over the dock, he heard the navigator call “bombs gone” and felt
the aircraft lurch as the load fell clear. Behind him the dorsal gunner’s twin
303s were hammering away and in the nose the navigator joined in with his .50
calibre, the stench of cordite filling the cockpit. Banking further right to
track along another line of warehouses, he sensed rather than heard the impact
of the bombs behind them. Flicking off the gun safety, he pressed the yoke fire
button and opened up with the two wing mounted fifty calibre machine guns.
Using tracer to aim he marched the rounds into the waterfront buildings before
banking left over the port and swinging into a wide turn that took them out to
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