24 November 1942

Heavy casualties force Australians to break off contact at Gona and withdraw as requests for air support to suppress the Japanese defences are answered at last.

Diggers get a respite as Allied fighters strafe and drop light bombs on Jap positions throughout the morning, followed by heavy bombers in mid afternoon.

The flood of earlier Aust casualties is stemmed and only one Digger, Pte Kevin Flaherty of 2/33rd is lost, dying of wounds received earlier.