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|Campaign and Dates|
|Eastern New Guinea operation
Lae occupation, 4 September 1943
"LCI 339 had dropped anchor about 150 yards from the beach and came in for the unwelcome attention of three VAL bombers and three ZERO fighters approaching on the starboard side. LTJG James Tidball, USNR, her Commanding Officer, ordered fire opened, but the fighters began strafing almost continuously, riddling her with holes from stem to stern and causing considerable damage amongst the troops." "Dr. Begor was treating the wounded until the bombers released their bombs at about 1,500 feet, bracketing the ship with near misses to port and starboard, but scoring a direct hit just forward of the pilot house, blasting a large hole in the deck. The 339, nonetheless, gained the beach to carry out her mission, though in a sinking condition."
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|37k||Officers of USS LCI(L)-339, on the left is ENS Harlan Moen, Executive Officer; in the center is thought to be LTjg James Tidball, Commanding Officer; and on the right is LTjg Fay Begor, M.D., the group medical officer. Photo courtesy of John Vickerman for his uncle, Harlan Moen. Photo is from the USS National Associations newsletter "The Elsie Item", October 2007 issue.||Ardie Hunt|
|76k||USS LCI(L)-339 crew members relaxing, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy John Vickerman for his uncle, Harlan Moen. Photo is from the USS National Associations newsletter "The Elsie Item", October 2007 issue.||Ardie Hunt|
|378k||The fatally damaged USS LCI(L)-339 after being strafed by Japanese Zeros and bombed by Betty and Val bombers on 4 September
1943 during the Lae, New Guinea landings. LCI(L)-339 was bracketed by 200 lb bombs, one on the starboard side, one on the port side, and a direct hit
forward of the pilot house.
Photo from USS LCI National Associations newsletter, "Elsie Item", September 2017 issue/
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