June 29 (Fri) 1945, Coral Sea

June 29 1945We are now in a position about 21 S Lat & 400 miles from the Australian coast. Our meeting with the BPF [British Pacific Fleet] tomorrow is intended to begin at dawn with mutual air strikes against one another.

Exercises carried out during the week include firing at smoke bursts by defence watch crews, & repelling dummy air attacks. Also dive bombing of smoke floats, exercising blind fire procedure and the usual radar calibrations and HFX, etc. Yesterday [HMS] Implac. oiled the Destroyers. This morning one of the Carrier’s Seafires failed to come out of a dive during runs at a smoke float. The plane began to fall to pieces & then blew up. The search for the pilot was unsuccessful.


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