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Sunday, January 4, 1942

Tempers are short! There are lots of amateur strategists on the job – and prima donnas everywhere. I’d give anything to be back in the field!

It’s hard to get anything done in Australia. Dive bombers arrived minus essential parts – base facilities are meager – other expeditions, directed by politicians, interfere, notably MAGNET AND GYMNAST. But we’re getting some things on the road to Australia. The air plan is 4 pursuit, 2 heavy bomber, 2 medium bomber, 1 light bombardment groups. We’re trying to ship staff and personnel needed. But we’ve got to have ships! and we need them now!