On this day- March 2nd, 1943 during the second World War in the pacific, it’s known that 137 American bombers attacked a Japanese fleet as the Battle of Bismarck Sea began. 7,000 Japanese soldiers were advancing to New Guinea.

The convoy included eight transports and eight destroyers. During the attack all eight transports and four destroyers submerged, causing 3,500 Japanese soldiers to drown.

As a result, this shattered the Japanese efforts to send additional troops to New Guinea.