Port Moresby Air Raid March 19, 1942
Japanese bombers hit Port Moresby (Raid #14)
Eight G3M2 Nell bombers attack Port Moresby. They bomb the town, pier and MV Wanaka in Fairfax Harbor. Seven of the bombers return with holes, but none are lost and no crew wounded or killed.
War Diary 1942 page 39
"14th air raid today - eight heavy bombers going for the harbour and shipping. One shot down beyond Tatana by our A.A.. Bombs dropped near wharf and a stick of 17 close astern of ship in harbour which dodged. Fish for tea tonight!"
New Guinea Force Diary: "Raid 14 1005 1040k/19. Eight serial 37 in formations 3 - 3 - 2 dropped bombs as follows. Run one - more than 20 bombs dropped all round wharf. Wanaka just slipped no damage either ship or wharf. Run 2 driven off by accurate A/A fire. Run 3 driven off again by by A/A. Run four dropped 18 bombs close astern Wanaka and along line of origins course. A/A claim one bomber hit in run one and later crashed vicinity Tovabara (about seven miles bearing 345 from Paga Point) Ack Ack engaged 20500 23200' firing 146 rounds. 53rd Bn patrols have left to investigate probable downshooting of plane. PAGA 'Paga observers definitely saw plane in vertical dive. Later cloud of black smoke.'
39 Battalion Diary: "Moresby Raid No 14 - Approx 100-1045 hrs by 8 bombers & dropped bombs Port Moresby area. 18 bombs dropped near stern of ship off Paga Point [Wanaka]. 20 near wharf in harbor & some near B____ [?] wireless station. No damage or casualties. Tuaguba 3.7' A/A Bty opened fire. Report that plane crashed - may have been struck by A.A. fire. Patrols from 53 Btn at present attempting to locate plane. Planes divided between Moresby & drome & appeared to make run at drome but A.A. turned formation of 7. D Coy preparing to mover to beyond Rouna for period of training & change."
53 Battalion Diary: "'0825. Single enemy bomber bombed 7 Mile Drome. A/A. opened fire. No damage or casualties. Morale of troops would be raised by appearance of fighter aircraft. Dengue fever outbreak in 'C' Coy. Picquets on duty in town area first to be affected."