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Re: Question regarding strafing men in war at Guadalcanal
I don't know if the pilots were sickened, but the point of strafing the men in the water at Guadalcanal and the Bismark Sea was to stop the Japanese Army troops from reaching the islands. Just sinking the ships and allowing their troops to reach where they were going would have still been a problem for the US Marine and Army troops. However, you could also argue that even had the rescued troops reached their destinations they would have been in shock from their ordeal and been more of a burden since they would have been unarmed and without supplies.
I recall as a young fellow reading Jablonski's AirWar volumes and in the one dealing with the Tokyo Express and the night of Dec 13th, I guess it is, when seven transports were sunk and four beached at G. Cactus Airforce pilots strafed the ships as sinking to target the men in the water. Jablonski's indicates some of the pilots were sickened and threw up in their cockpits.
...but the thought had occurred to me to ask Graham about the term 'human manure' wrt the rubber plantations in SEA. Then again, I'll bet he hasn't the slightest clue.
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