Sparrow Battalion arrived at Tennant Creek; ordered to rest, it joins the 2nd cavalry regiment digging in. Gull battalion is ordered to move to Tennant Creek.
The first, large, convoy bearing supplies and fuel from the US arrives at Sidney. The papers, with the tacit complicity of Government, make a lot of this show of support. On the harbor, two oilers, Bishopdale and Victoria, load up with fuel to resupply Car 3.
At Pago Pago the 47 Construction regiment unloads and begins building.
After the arrival of a large task force of support ships, sub and destroyer tenders, seaplane destroyer tenders, repair and auxiliary ships, and a mine tender, Tahiti becomes a functional base of sorts, and the Southern Submarine base is operational. AS Pelias will service SS Narwhal, Nautilus, Dolphin, Cuttlefish and Tuna, as well as S-27 and 28. The S boats, completely inadequate for operations from this distant base will, eventually be sent back.
Narwhal, commanded by Lcdr Wilkins, C will patrol off Ndeni, Nautilus Lcdr Brookman W. H, to the ESE of Rennell Is, Cuttlefish LCDR Hottel M. P. NW of Koumac, Dolphin, Lcdr Rutter R. L. NW of Vaitapu. Defensive deployment, not something these submarines are good at, but at least, it is hoped, advance warning will be received, if the enemy moves towards the growing US bases.
Slowly, so slowly, a chain forms between the US West coast and Australia’s East.
At Aden, the 6th Australian Division, reformed, is ordered to prepare for Alice Springs, Government’s red line, and to pack up for travel.
Montes packs his gear again. The enemy forces are on the outskirts of Toungoo, with the airfield coming occasionally under mortar fire. Two of the AVG echelons are ordered back to China despite protests of the British high command.
“They still belong to China,” Boyngton explains to the irate British brass, “I, of course, shall remain here with a third of my planes, but, barring new orders from my government, I must return the aircraft to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.”
AVG 1 moves to Meitkila.
Manado and Toungoo both fall to Japan during the night.
Appear at places to which he must hasten; move swiftly where he does not expect you.