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June 1942
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MONDAY, 1 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): During June 1942, 11th Fighter Squadron, 28th Composite Group, moves from Elmendorf Field to Umnak with P-40s. During Jun, 406th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium), sends detachments to operate in Alaska with B-18s.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): Five heavy bombers attack the Rangoon dock and harbor, claiming 1 tanker sunk and another left listing. 436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Karachi to Lahabad with B-17Es; first mission is 4 Jun.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s attack Lae and Salamaua and Rabaul.

IJN: Three Japanese midget submarines attack Allied warships in Sydney Harbor. On May 31, 1942 at 10:35pm HA-14 (M27) was scuttled after tangled in a anti-torpedo boom net. At 12:30am HA-24b (M24) fires two torpedoes at USS Chicago CA-29, both miss with one impacting against the seawall and sinks HMAS Kuttabul killing 21 aboard. Afterwards, HA-21 (M22) is scuttled and HA-24b (M24) is lost.

TUESDAY, 2 JUNE 1942

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): 6 of 16 B-17s that have been on detached service at Midway return to Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s bomb the dock and military camp area at Rabaul. 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, moves from Woodstock to Port Moresby with P-39s; first mission is today.

AUSTRALIA - Australian Prime Minister John Curtin bouyed by the arrival of American forces challenges the Japanese, saying "I defy the enemy to land large forces in Australia".

WEDNESDAY, 3 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): In an attempt to divert forces from the Midway area, a Japanese carrier-based bombers and fighters bomb and strafe Fort Mears and Dutch Harbor in several waves inflicting little damage but killing fifty-two US personnel. P-40s from Cold Bay trying to intercept them arrive ten minutes after the last attack wave departs. Other P-40s from Umnak are notified too late due to communication failure. Nine P-40s and six B-26s fly a patrol but cannot find the fleet 180 miles south of Dutch Harbor but two of the P-40s engage four carrier-based aircraft, shoot down one and damage another.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): A flight of B-25s of the 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), earmarked for China, take off from Dinjan enroute bombing Lashio then onto Kunming, nine crash into an overcast-hidden mountain at 10,000' and another is abandoned when it runs out of fuel near Chan-i, China. Only two B-25's reach Kunming, one with the radio operator killed by a fighter.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): Preliminary action begins in the Battle of Midway. 9 B-17s, flying out of Midway , attack 5 large warships 570 miles (912 km) off Midway, claiming 5 hits and several near misses. 7 other B-17s leave Oahu, Territory of Hawaii and fly to Midway.

3-6--The Battle of Midway - A strong Japanese thrust in the Central Pacific to occupy Midway , was led by a four carrier Mobile Force, supported by heavy units of the Main Body (First Fleet) and covered by a diversionary carrier raid on Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): B-17s hit the wharf, warehouse area, and military camp at Rabaul.

USN: Lost is PBY Catalina (KIA, POW)

THURSDAY, 4 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): A carrier-borne force from carrier Junyō attacks Dutch Harbor with eleven Val bombers led by Lt. Zenji Abe, 10 fighters led by Lt. Yoshio Shiga and 8 torpedo bombers in several waves. 2 P-40s intercept 4 bombers just before noon over Umnak Pass and shoot down 3. During the afternoon P-40s intercept 9 fighters; a dogfight claims 1 enemy aircraft and 1 P-40, the Eleventh Air Force's first combat casualty. AA fire claims another Japanese bomber. In all, four Vals and a Zero were lost, and two P-40s. A6M2 Zero 4593 force landed on Akutan Island. During the afternoon 2 B-17s and 5 B-26s attack the carrier force, and 3 more B-26s strike the cruiser TAKAO; no hits are scored, returning B-26 40-1408 is lost; 1 B-24 and 1 B-25 fail to return. 36th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 28th Composite Group, based at Fort Greeley, Kodiak with B-17Es and LB-30s, sends detachments to operate from various bases in the Aleutians.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): Two heavy bombers bomb Rangoon but are attacked by 10 fighters; 1 heavy bomber is shot down and the other badly damaged. This raid ends two months of harassing strikes against Rangoon; soon all heavy bombers are grounded by the monsoons. 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), is established at Kunming with B-25s.

USN - Battle of Midway result in the Japanese Navy's first clear naval defeat in over 300 years and the loss of four carriers. All available aircraft were involved in the battle. The TBF Grumman Avenger flown by pilots of a shore-based element of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8), began its combat career with attacks on the Japanese Fleet. Lost is F4F 3989 (MIA).

USMC: VMSB-241 attack Japanese fleet aircraft carriers including sixteen SBD 2129 led by Major Lofton R. Henderson. Flying faster than the Vindicators, the Dauntless formation climbed to 9,000' and sighted the Japanese fleet at 7:55am including at least two enemy carriers. Henderson's formation circled to 8,500' in preparation for initiating a glide bombing attack from 4,000'. At roughly 8,000' the formation was intercepted by Japanese A6M2 Zeros. As lead aircraft, Henderson's SBD 2129 was one of the first targeted by Zeros and hit by gunfire causing his left wing burst into flames from enemy anti-aircraft fire, but he continued his attack until his plane crashed.

After Henderson was shot down, Captain Glidden took command of the rest of the formation and attacked despite heavy anti-aircraft fire and Zeros. Although the Marines claimed one of the carriers was burning and smoking heavily, they claimed three direct hits and two near misses. From the Japanese side, three SBDs from VMSB-241 likely scored near misses against Kaga at 8:30 and four near misses against Hiryū at 8:50am. Possibly, one of the SBDs (misidentified as a fighter by the Japanese) strafed Hiryū and killed four crew. Nagumo erroneously noted that Akagi and Soryu sustained bomb hits but this seems to have been reported in error as the damage caused to both carriers were likely caused by U. S. Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers later in the morning.

Eight VMSB-241 aircraft were lost including SBD 2129 (MIA) and SBD 2148 (pilot survived, gunner MIA). Also, eleven SB2U-3 led by Major Benjamin W. Norris.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): 4 B-26s, in conjunction with US Navy (USN) torpedo bombers, attack a carrier; 2 of the B-26s are shot down. In further morning action 14 B-17s attack a task force approaching Midway at a distance of 145 miles (232 km); they claim several hits on carriers and 2 Zekes shot down. After releasing its torpedo at Akagi, B-26 "Suzy-Q" 40-1391 flys down its flight deck escaping and force lands at Midway Airfield with heavy damage.

In the late afternoon 2 B-17s attack a carrier force at 31-40N 179-10W, claiming hits on a battleship and a carrier and 9 aircraft shot down; 4 other B-17s claim a hit on heavy cruiser 185 miles off Midway. Six B-17s, en route from Hickham Field to Midway Airfield bomb ships 170 miles from Midway, claiming hits on a burning Hiryu plus a destroyer, which is claimed as sunk.

FRIDAY, 5 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 18 B-26s, 10 B-17s and 2 LB-30s search and attack sorties are flown against the carrier force, the B-26s splitting into 3 missions, the B-17s into 2. No contact is made. The B-17s using radar bomb targets which look like ships, but later turn out to be the Pribilof s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): The Battle of Midway continues with the Japanese fleet retiring westward. In the morning eight B-17s hit a force 130 miles from Midway claiming hits on two large warships. During the afternoon six B-17s claim hits on a heavy cruiser 300 miles (480 km) from Midway. The last strike by Seventh Air Force aircraft during Battle of Midway is by five B-17s which bomb a heavy cruiser 425 miles from Midway. Lost is B-17E 41-9212 (MIA) and B-17E ditched due to fuel shortage and crew rescued. The battle ends with Midway installations heavily damaged by bombs but airfields are intact. During the fighting (3-5 Jun) Seventh Air Force aircraft carried out sixteen B-17 attacks (55 sorties) and 1 torpedo attack by 4 B-26s, claiming 22 hits on ships and 10 fighters shot down. 2 B-17s and 2 B-26s were lost. One of the decisive battles of naval history, Midway costs Japan the initiative and will become a turning point in the Pacific War.

IJN: Heavily damaged on June 4, 1942 Hiryu is scuttled sinking at 9:12am

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s hit wharves, a warehouse, and coal jetty at Rabaul.

SATURDAY, 6 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Various bomber search-attack missions are flown in an attempt to contact the fleet reported near Seguam. No contact is made due to weather. 8 P-38s enroute from Cold Bay to Umnak mistakenly attack a Soviet freighter. Japanese forces land on Kiska.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): B-17s maintain a search out of Midway . 6 B-17s mistakenly attack a US submarine, which later reports no damage. More B-17s arrive on Midway from Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. This attack was met by a greatly outnumbered United States carrier force composed of Task Force 17 (Rear Admiral F. J. Fletcher) with Yorktown, and Task Force 16 (Rear Admiral R. A. Spruance) with Hornet and Enterprise, and by Navy, Marine Corps, and Army air units based on Midway. Planes from Midway located and attacked ships of the Japanese Occupation Force 600 miles to the west (3 June), and of the mobile Force (4 June) as it sent its aircraft against defensive installations on Midway. Concentrating on the destruction of Midway air forces and diverted by their torpedo, horizontal, and dive bombing attacks, the Japanese carriers were caught unprepared for the carrier air attack which began at 0930 with the heroic but unsuccessful effort of Torpedo Squadron 8, and were hit in full force at 1030 when dive bombers hit and sank the carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu. A Japanese counter attack at noon and another 2 hours later, damaged Yorktown with bombs and torpedoes so severely that she was abandoned. In the late afternoon, U.S. carrier air hit the Mobile Force again, sinking Hiryu, the fourth and last of the Japanese carriers in action. With control of the air irretrievably lost, the Japanese retired under the attack of Midway-based aircraft (5 June) and of carrier air (6 June) in which the heavy cruiser Mikuma was sunk and the Mogami severely damaged. Japanese losses totaled two heavy and two light carriers, one heavy cruiser, 258 aircraft, and a large percentage of their experienced carrier pilots. United States losses were 40 shore-based and 92 carrier aircraft, the destroyer Hammann and the carrier the Yorktown, which sank 6 and 7 June respectively, the result of a single submarine attack. The decisive defeat administered to the Japanese put an end to their successful offensive and effectively turned the tide of the Pacific War.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): P-39F 41-7271 sufferes a crash landing and is written off.

SUNDAY, 7 JUNE 1942
AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (11th Air Force): Japanese troops invade Attu. More troops are put ashore on Kiska. An enemy airplane is sighted over Cold Bay but cannot be intercepted. The invasion was supposed to draw U.S. ships from the area of Midway, but failed in that respect.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force) Four LB-30s take off from from Midway on a predawn attack against the retreating Japanese fleet off Wake. Lost LB-30 AL589 (MIA) piloted by General Tinker. The other LB-30s are LB-30 AL611, LB-30 AL617, LB-30 AL626

MIDWAY - The Battle of Midway ends. Japanese losses include 3,500 men, four carriers, a cruiser, 332 aircraft, and many of their bravest, most experienced pilots. American losses include 307 men, USS Yorktown CV-5, one destroyer and 150 aircraft lost.

5th AF - Ditched is P-40E 41-5543.

 

MONDAY, 8 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): An LB-30 flies armed patrol over Kiska and Umnak, discovering Japanese ships off Kiska Harbor.

5th Air Force: P-400 piloted by Cantello (KIA) crashed after takeoff.

 

TUESDAY, 9 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Patrols are flown but encounter no aircraft.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): Brigadier General Howard C Davidson, Commanding General VII Fighter Command, also becomes Commanding General 7th Air Force.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s, B-25s, and B-26s attack Lae and Salamaua. Lost are B-26 "The Virginian" 40-1508 and P-400 piloted by Wahl. On the return to base, B-26 40-1363 force lands at 7-Mile Drome, its crew safe and is later repaired. That mission, future US President L. B. Johnson flys as a passenger aboard B-26 40-1588 that aborted the mission. Shot down is A6M2 Zero piloted by Yoshino. Also, lost on a ferry flight is B-17E 41-2667.

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Local patrol is flown at Umnak.

USN - PBYs of Pat Wing 4 discovered Japanese forces on Kiska and Attu, confirming news of Japanese landings that had taken place on the 7th.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s bomb aircraft and buildings at Rabaul. HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) moves from Amberley to Eagle Farms. Lost on a training flight is P-40E 41-5557 (KIA).

THURSDAY, 11 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): The 11th Air Force aircraft attack Kiska for the first time. 5 B-24's and 5 B-17s take off from Cold Bay and fly to Umnak to load bombs then bomb Kiska Harbor installations and shipping targets. Low-altitude runs score near misses on two cruisers and a destroyer. Lost to anti-aircraft fire is B-24D 41-1088. The other B-24s are pursued by four fighters back to Umnak where US fighters drive them away. Air echelon of 21st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy), begins operating from Umnak with B-24s.

USN - PBY Catalinas, operating from the seaplane tender Gillis in Nazan Bay, Atka , hit ships and enemy positions on Kiska in an intense 48-hour attack which exhausted the gasoline and bomb supply aboard the Gillis but was not successful in driving the Japanese from the island.

FRIDAY, 12 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 6 B-17s and 1 B-24 bomb shipping in the harbor at Kiska. A cruiser is heavily damaged and one destroyer is seen burning. B-24D 41-1090 pilot Rogers crashed on take off. 42d Fighter Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, based at Harding Field begins operating from Kodiak with P-39s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s bomb the building area and Vunakanau and Lakunai.

SATURDAY, 13 JUNE 1942

US Army - First issue of "Yank" is published

ALASKA (11th Air Force): An LB-30 flies a weather mission and for the third straight day. 5 B-17s and 3 B-24s take off on a bombing mission against Kiska Harbor. Two abort and the others bomb partially cloud-obscured targets. No effect is observed.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s bomb Lakunai Airfield. Lost is P-40E "Don't Worry" 41-25181 (pilot survived)

SUNDAY, 14 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 4 B-17s and 3 B-24s bomb shipping in Kiska Harbor from an altitude of 700'. Two cruisers are hit and one scout seaplane is downed. 2 B-17s are heavily damaged but return to base. The Japanese bomb Nazan Bay, Atka.

ZONE OF INTERIOR: 32d, 352d, 353d and 419th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 301st Bombardment Group (Heavy), cease operating from Muroc AAB, California and return to base at Alamogordo AAFld, New Mexico with B-17s and cease flying ASW patrols. 358th, 359th and 360th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 303d Bombardment Group (Heavy), cease operating from Muroc AAB, California and return to base at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with B-17s and cease flying ASW patrols.

New Zealand - First echelon of 1st Marine Division arrives at Wellington, New Zealand

MONDAY, 15 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): A bombing mission to Kiska by 3 B-17s and 2 B-24s is aborted due to weather.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 63d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Sydney to Charleville with B-17s.

Hawaii: Ditched is B-17C 40-2054 (2 MIA).

TUESDAY, 16 JUNE 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): FEAF was planning a joint strike against Lae and Salamaua similar to the operation of June 9. The morning schedule was interrupted by a fighter sweep of A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Kokutai over the Port Moresby area. 32 P-39 and P-400 Airacobra of the 39th Fighter Squadron and 40th Fighter Squadron were scrambled. They were hit hard and four were shot down and two heavily damaged. Tainan pilots claim 17 shot down and 2 probables and lost no aircraft damaged or shot down. Lost is P-39F 41-7204, P-39F 41-7136, P-39F 41-7222 and P-39 piloted by Lynch. Three of the pilots shot down returned while one went MIA.

In the afternoon, 22nd BG B-26s and 19th BG B-17s hit Lae and 3rd BG B-25s hit Salamaua hitting runways and buildings and starting several fires. They meet their Airacobra escort on the return flight. Intercepted by A6M2 Zero s of the Tainan Kokutai. Shot down is P-39 piloted by Magre (MIA) and A6M2 Hidaka (MIA).

WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): A Kiska Harbor bombing mission is cancelled due to weather as is a patrolling mission by heavy bombers.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): P-40s of 73d Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, aboard the aircraft carrier. USS SARATOGA (CV-3) are flown off the carrier at Midway to replace USN aircraft lost in the Battle of Midway. The P-40s begin dawn and dusk patrols which continue until the P-40s are relieved on 23 Jun 43.

THURSDAY, 18 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 1 LB-30, 3 B-17s and 4 B-24s make a precision high-altitude attack on Kiska Harbor. A transport is left burning and sinking, another is mauled, and two scout planes were claimed as possibly shot down. B-24D piloted by Wintermute ditches at sea; part of its crew is rescued.

RAN - Damaged the day before, the MV MacDhui is sunk in Fairfax Harbor near Port Moresby by Japanese bombing raid against

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Air echelon of 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), leaves Hickam Field with B-26s and proceeds to New Caledonia to join the ground echelon; the squadron will fly sea-search missions until Dec 1942. Lost is P-400 Airacobra BX169 (pilot survived) and P-400 Airacobra BX180 (pilot survived).

FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (11th Air Force): B-24s taking off to bomb Kiska aborts due to fog. One B-24 ditches into the sea with two crewmembers lost. A B-17 is dispatched to attack a reported submarine but makes no contact.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s pound shipping and Vunakanau Airfield.

USN - VAdm Ghormley assumes command of South Pacific Area and South Pacific Forces

SATURDAY, 20 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 1 LB-30, 1 B-17 and 7 B-24s take off on a search and bombing mission over Kiska. Three aircraft abort the mission due to weather, 3 bomb through an overcast with unobserved results, and 3 others search in vain for the B-24 lost yesterday. 56th and 57th Fighter Squadrons, 54th Fighter Group, based at Harding Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana begin operating from Nome and Elmendorf Field respectively with P-39s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): Major General Willis H Hale becomes Commanding General 7th Air Force, and Colonel Albert Hegenberger becomes temporary commanding officer of the VII Bomber Command.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s bomb the runway at Lae.

SUNDAY, 21 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): The War Department authorizes the XI Air Force Services Command, hitherto the Provisional Service Command, which is activated at Elmendorf Field. It is charged with maintaining and supplying all of the 11th's bases. Weather cancels all missions except an armed weather sortie over Kiska. Fighters fly local patrols.

MONDAY, 22 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): A B-17 weather reconnaissance aircraft flies over Kiska. Fighters fly air base patrols. A bombing mission is cancelled due to weather.

A Japanese submarine shells the military depot at Fort Stevens, Oregon. Damage from the first attack on a U.S. mainland is trivial.

TUESDAY, 23 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Weather cancels a bombing mission. A B-17 flies a reconnaissance mission over Kiska . A P-40 on defensive patrol crashes at Elmendorf Field.

RAAF - Wirraway A20-506 is lost on a training excercise.

WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Weather cancels bombing. 1 B-17 flies a weather reconnaissance over Kiska . Fighters patrol airfields. ZONE OF INTERIOR: 43d and 52d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 29th Bombardment Group (Heavy), cease flying ASW patrols and move from MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida to Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with B-17s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s hit Vunakanau Airfield on New Britain. Bomb loads include several bundles of incendiaries which cause intense fires.

THURSDAY, 25 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 2 B-17s, 4 B-24s and 1 LB-30 fly bombing and weather missions over Kiska, bombing the N side of the harbor.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): Brigadier General William E Lynd becomes Commanding General VII Bomber Command.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-25s bomb Salamaua. Lost on a take offf accidnet at 12 Mile Drome is P-39 piloted by Rose.

Washington - President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill conclude conference in Washington; decision reached for combined efforts to develop atomic bomb

FRIDAY, 26 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Five B-24s drop incendiaries and fire bombs on Kiska Harbor installations.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (10th Air Force): Brigadier General Earl L Naiden becomes Commanding General 10th Air Force, succeeding Major General Lewis H Brereton who departs for the Middle East with Brigadier General Elmer E Adler, Commanding General X Air Service Command, and several other key subordinates. The aircraft and crews of the 9th Bombardment Squadron follow. This move leaves the 10th Air Force almost a skeleton.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): 3 LB-30s bomb installations on Wake. The raid takes place during the night of 26/27 Jun and is staged through Midway .

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, moves from Karachi to Kunming with P-40s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 22nd BG B-26s bomb Lae and Salamaua.

SUNDAY, 28 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): A B-17 weather aircraft flies over Kiska. A solid weather front cancels bombing. On this and the following day US advanced reconnaissance parties land on Adak from submarines.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (10th Air Force): 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Kunming, sends a detachment to operate from Dinjan with B-25s.

New Guinea - Four Australian platoons land and attack Japanese position at Salamaua, killing about 100 enemy troops, bringing back three trucks and a portable bridge. Allied morale is boosted, but the attack fails to gain any signifigant ground from the Japanese.

MONDAY, 29 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (10th Air Force): Colonel Robert C Oliver assumes command of the X Air Service Command. 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (attached to USAMEAF) departs India for Palestine with B-17s. Ground echelon leaves from Lahabad, India and air echelon leaves from Baumrauli, India.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s hit Lakunai Airfield and Lae Airfield during the night of 28/29 Jun. 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Port Moresby to Woodstock with P-39s.

TUESDAY, 30 JUNE 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): A B-17 flies weather reconnaissance over Kiska.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (10th Air Force): 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Kunming sends detachments to operate from Kweilin, Hengyang and Nanning with B-25s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s attack Dili and Koepang and Kendari. Returning B-17E 41-9014 crashed in the early hours of July 1, 1942 killing three of the crew. B-25s and 22nd BG B-26s hit Lae. 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Port Moresby to Townsville with P-39s.

 

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