14th April 1943
Lunga Point was securely in the hands of the USMC and US Army. Port Moresby was now capable of defending itself as its fighter strips had been repaired and 9 raiding enemy bombers had been shot down over the base by a USAAF fighter squadron transferred from Cairns. Two quick operations that had been concluded successfully. Casualties would have been light if had not been for the loss of the two escort carriers at Lunga and the Nashville to enemy submarines. Overall high command was pleased with the results as two difficult operations were carried out right in front of the teeth of the enemy. No one, however, failed to notice the absence of the Japanese main carrier fleet. Where were they?