Monday, July 19, 1943
JFK was sent out on a nighttime mission to hunt Japanese barges. He was accompanied by PT 105 and PT 163. Around midnight, while the small squadron was lying off Gizo a Japanese float plane was heard overhead. All three boats opened fire but missed the mark. The plane flew off without dropping any bombs, but there was another action yet to come that night.
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