From: Bratislava, Slovakia
Ship Logbook 5/3/1942
Position: 120 miles NE of Nauru island
Damage sys/flt/fire: 1/0/0
Orders: Escort Yorktown to Gilbert islands
Today, our carriers launch another strike against Gilberts in spite of the weather, claiming many ground installations destroyed and damaged. One Dauntless was lost due AA fire, another one landed with one landing geer out and gunner wounded. Our recon aircraft reported no signs of enemy shipping in the area...
Same time, another place:
After Action Report ,3/3/1942, A-III-Ld-AA battalion:
We are in our positions instantly for 72 hours yet as the japanese landed in Merak and their bombers are visiting us daily. I want to highlight courage of cpt. Alex der Saar and his AA-gun crew. They were on most exposed position, on the high ground NE of Batavia bay with 40mm Bofors Gun.
Today, in morning hours enemy planes were bombing Batavia Airfield (24 bombers and 14 fighters observed). Flight of enemy fighters spotted position od cpt. der Saars gun and made several starfing runs. Cpt. der Saar and his crew were firing constantly despite enemy fire, damaging one of the starfing fighters before his position was directly hit. For his courage I propose him and his crew to Kruis van Verdienste (Cross of Merit) posthumously...
Ammo expended: 246x 40mm, 1320x12,7mm, 34x76mm
Casualities: 8x soldiers, 1x low-rank officier, 1x 40mm Bofors AA gun
Claims: 1x bomber destroyed, 2x damaged, 1x fighter damaged
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