The Black Cats offset this tactic by finding and attacking many. At about 0200 on the morning of September 23, Lieutenant (j.g.) Andersons Cat picked up two barges making their way carefully along the long coast-line of Choiseul Island. He made twelve strafing runs scoring many hits. The Japanese attempted to escape by beaching the craft. A coastwatcher later reported that upon reaching shore, the survivors "ran screaming and screeching into the jungle." Later that month Lieutenant Erhard and his crew located ten of these barges also moving dawn the coast of Choiseul. It was a rerun of Andersons experience. After repeated strafing, the barges were beached and those occupants who were able fled into the bush.
The barges were not completely unprotected and often responded with a barrage of machine-gun fire. Lieutenant J. T. Caseys plane was hit several times by irate Japanese gunners on the night of October 6 before it drove two of these vessels ashore, killing and wounding a number of their occupants. About two weeks later Lieutenant Anderson found a group of twenty-eight barges which he strafed repeatedly, doing a considerable amount of damage. Then he proceeded up the coast of Choiseul until he came upon a large cargo vessel which he bombed and strafed, leaving it sinking by the stern.
(The above section of text was taken from "Black Cat Raiders of WWII" by Richard C. Knott, 1982)(now out of print)
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