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August 1942
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SATURDAY, 1 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Weather and photo reconnaissance is flown by 1 B-24 and 1 LB-30 over Korovin Bay and North Cape, Aleutian.

A J4F Widgeon, piloted by Ensign Henry C. White of Coast Guard Squadron 212, based at Houma, La., scored the first Coast Guard kill of an enemy submarine with the sinking of the U-166 off the passes of the Mississippi.

WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND (WDC, 4th Air Force): During Aug, 47th and 396th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium), stop flying ASW patrols from Hammer Field, California and MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina respectively.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): During August 1942, forward echelon of 26th and 431st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), begin operating from Espiritu Santo with B-17s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s attack installations at Gona and shipping 75 miles east of Salamaua in Huon Gulf. HQ 43d Bombardment Group moves from Sydney to Torrens Creek.

SUNDAY, 2 AUGUST 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS [CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF)]: In China, a detachment of 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Kunming with B-25s, begins operating from Nanning.

SWPA (5th AF): A of a flight of B-17s searching for a convoy near Buna is attacked by 10 Zeros. Lost is B-17E 41-2435. 41st FS Airacobras escort 22nd BG B-26s on a mission against Cape Ward Hunt and shoot down J1N1-C piloted by Tokunaga. 1 B-17 flies an unsuccessful strike against a cargo vessel 5 miles south of Salamaua while another bombs Gona. 64th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Daly Waters to Fenton with B-17s; first mission is 13 Aug. Lost are P-400 AP 290 and P-400 BX 232.

USN: USS Tucker is damaged after accidentally hitting an American sea mine in Segond Channel.

MONDAY, 3 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): 3 B-17s, 2 B-24s and 1 LB-30 fly a bombing and photo reconnaissance mission to Tanaga and Kanaga and also bomb Kiska; four of the aircraft have mechanical trouble but all return.

SWPA (5th AF): P-400's strafe Oivi and Kokoda. 63d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Charleville to Torrens Creek with B-17s; first mission is 14 Aug.

TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): 1 LB-30 flies a photo mission and 2 B-17s and 3 B-24s covered by 8 P-38's escort US Navy (USN) tenders to Nazan Bay, Atka; Two 4-engine flyiingboats and a possible third are downed near Atka by two of the P-38's, in their first aerial combat in any theater; weather cancels bombing mission to Kiska.

CBI (CATF): P-40's sweep Japanese HQ at Linchwan and bomb HQ buildings and barracks and strafe transports.

(5th AF) Lost due to mechanical is P-39D 41-7165

IJN: Lost is C5M2 Babs.

USN: Damaged USS Tucker sinks off Malo Island in Segond Channel.

WEDNESDAY, 5 AUGUST 1942

CBI (CATF): Japanese aircraft attack Kweilin Airfield; notified well in advance by the Chinese warning net (previously set up under Brigadier General Claire L Chennault while he was head of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), P-40s meet the Japanese over the target, shooting down 2, and another is downed by ground fire.

SOLOMONS - USN attack beached Japanese transports and supply dumps on Guadalcanal; destroyed a concentration of seaplanes at Rekata Bay.

RAAF: Lost in near the peak of Mount Disappointment is Beaufighter A19-12.

THURSDAY, 6 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): 3 B-24s, 2 B-17s and 10 P-38s provide air coverage for USN tenders to Nazan Bay, Atka; photo reconnaissance is flown over Attu.

CBI (CATF): B-25s bomb Tien Ho Airfield causing heavy damage to the runways and destroying several parked aircraft. Detachment of 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), operating from Nanning with B-25s returns to base at Kunming.

SWPA (5th AF): B-25s and 22nd BG B-26s Lae Airfield and Salamaua Airfield.

USN - PBY Catalina 2389 went missing, all aboard died in the crash.

FRIDAY, 7 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): Three B-24s sent to bomb Kiska return with their bombs due to solid overcast; four more B-24s also depart for Kiska; one turns back with mechanical trouble, the others abort the mission over the target due to undercast; 1 B-24, 4 P-38s and an LB-30 fly 2 air coverage missions at Nazan Bay, Atka for USN tenders.

USN: VF-71 F4F Wildcats strafe Japanese seaplanes off Tanambogo, Gavutu and Halavo Bay. Lost is F4F "Junior" 5192.

Guadalancal - First Marine Division (reinforced) invade Tulagi and Guadalcanal. 10,000 Americans vs 2,200 Japanese troops. Air support for the U.S Marines' first amphibious landing of World War II was provided by three carriers of Air Support Force (Rear Admiral L. Noyes), and by Navy, Marine, and Army units of Aircraft, South Pacific (Rear Admiral J. S. McCain) operating from bases on New Caledonia and in the New Hebrides.

SWPA (5th AF): 13 B-17s of the 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), led by Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Carmichael bomb Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Lost are B-17E 41-2617 (survived), B-17E "Why Don't We Do This More Often" 41-2429 (POW/MIA). 22nd BG B-26s attack Lae and a B-17 and a B-25 each attack a submarine in the Gulf of Papua. HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) and 405th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) move from Eagle Farms and Ballarat respectively to Breddan Field with B-25s; first mission is 17 Sep. On a ferry flight to Port Moresby lost are B-26 "Dixie" 40-1496 (crew rescued). Also lost was B-26 "Yankee Clipper" 40-1521 (crew bailed out, two MIA).

South Pacific: Lost are B-17E 41-2426 and B-17E "Kai-O-Keleiwa" 41-9224

RAN - MV Mamutu is sunk in the Gulf of Papua by Japanese submarine RO-33

SATURDAY, 8 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): 1 LB-30, 3 B-24s and 8 P-38s on photo and bombing missions over Kiska cannot attack but Navy PBYs also operating off Kiska hit freighters and a transport, claiming 1 transport sinking, and score many hits on North Head and Main Camp.

CBI (CATF): B-25s hit the Canton area, bombing Tien Ho Airfield and other targets in the vicinity and claiming two interceptors shot down.

Guadalcanal - From this date through 23 Aug, B-17s fly search missions covering the lower Solomon in order to detect any attempt to make a surprise attack on the forces consolidating the Guadalcanal beachhead. The first premeditated Kamikaze attack is delivered by two Aichi VA1 dive bombers off Guadalcanal. An American troop transport is destroyed.

USMC: On Guadalancal, the Japanese incomplete airfield at Lunga Point (later known as Henderson Field) is occupied.

USN: Just before noon, the formation of twenty-three G4M1 Betty bombers attacked from minimum altitude and eight were shot down due to anti-aircracft fire and others were interepted by F4F WIldcats only a few managed to release their torpedoes. In total, seventeen were shot down including G4M1 Betty piloted by Sasaki that crashed into the USS George F. Elliott (AP-13).

During the night of August 8-9th is the Battle of Savo Island. Lost are HMAS Canberra, USS Astoria, USS Quincy.

SWPA (5th AF): P-400s dive-bomb Kokoda and Yodda; B-17s, B-25s and B-26s bomb runways and targets of opportunity at Lae and Salamaua.

RAAF: Lost off Daru is Short S23 "Calypso" A18-11 attempting to rescue survivors of MV Mamutu

SUNDAY, 9 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): Six bombers fly armed reconnaissance over Kiska and Attu and bomb Kiska.

CBI (CATF): In China, P-40s of the 23d Fighter Group continue to support Chinese ground forces by harassing the Japanese at Linchwan; 4 B-25s and 3 P-40s from the Kweilin-Hengyang area, staging through Nanning, bomb docks and warehouses at Haiphong, causing considerable damage and claiming a freighter sunk in Haiphong Harbor; this is the first CATF raid over French Indochina.

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s bomb shipping and Lakunai Airfield and Gasmata. Lost are B-17E 41-2643 and B-17E 41-2452. B-26s hit the harbor area at Salamaua.

Guadalcanal - US Carrier forces withdrew from direct support but remained in the area to give overall support to the campaign. 9 Vincennes is sunk.

MONDAY, 10 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): Five B-17s and three B-24s bomb Kiska targets; fighters and AA shoot down one B-24 and only the pilot is rescued.

Guadalcanal - Kako is sunk off New Ireland by US submarine

CBI (CATF): B-25s bomb Hankow; afterwards the P-40 escorts, led by Colonel Robert L Scott, strike ammunition dumps and military warehouses at Sienning, causing heavy destruction of material which the Japanese have accumulated to use against Hengyang and other US bases in central China.

TUESDAY, 11 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): One B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over west Semichi and the north coast of Attu.

CBI (CATF): P-40s hit Yoyang Airfield and Nanchang Airfield from which the enemy has been attacking Hengyang.

SOPAC (Joint Chiefs of Staff): 98th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Hickam Field to Espiritu Santo they have been operating B-17s from Plaine Des Gaiacs since 21 July.

WEDNESDAY, 12 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over Amlia and Atka.

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s bomb shipping Simpson Harbor claiming hits damaging three vessels. Five Allied transport aircraft tasked with dropping supplies to Allied troops at Kagi, Kokoda and Wau.

71st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Batchelor Field to Breddan Field, Australia with B-25s; first mission is 15 Sep.

Vanuatu - Americans build additional bases in New Hebrides to support Guadalcanal operation

THURSDAY, 13 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over Kiska.

SWPA (5th AF): A Japanese convoy, headed toward Basabua near Gona, with 3,000 construction troops, is attacked first by B-17s 76 miles NE of Gona, followed by B-26s 20-25 miles north of Gona and another B-17 attack as the convoy approaches landing position. Lost are B-26 40-1492 and F4 Lightning 41-2125.

Japanese ground forces attack at Deniki, driving Allied forces back about 5 miles.

FRIDAY, 14 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 trying to fly photo reconnaissance over Tanaga and Adak aborts over Kiska due to weather.

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s attack shipping off Gona. Lost on a recon mission is B-17E "Chief Seattle" 41-2656.



SATURDAY, 15 AUGUST 1942

SWPA (5th AF): 65th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Williamstown to Torrens Creek with B-17s; first mission is 12 Nov.

Guadalancal - 1st Marines, 7th Division lands, including the 28th Inf Regt, detached and 7th Engr Regt, detached


SUNDAY, 16 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 aborts a photo reconnaissance flight over Adak due to mechanical failure. Lost is B-26 40-1370.

WDC (4th AF): 82d and 110th Observation Squadrons, 71st Observation Group, stop flying ASW patrols from Salinas AAB, California.

5th AF: Lost is B-17E 41-2434.



MONDAY, 17 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over Buldir, Kiska and Amchitka despite heavy rain.

CBI (CATF): The 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, from Kunming to Chungking with P-40s; 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, from Hengyang to Chanyi with P-40s.

USN - U.S. air raids on Japanese at Gilbert

SWPA (5th AF): A single B-17 bombs Kavieng. Japanese bomb 7-Mile Drome and destroys several aircraft on the ground including: DC-5 Tail Code VH-CXA. Damaged are C-49 Dakota 44-83228.

IJN: Lost is A6M2 piloted Tokushige.



TUESDAY, 18 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 takes oblique photos of Amchitka and Tanaga; Heavy fog over Kiska and Attu precludes armed reconnaissance.

CBI 10th AF: Major General Clayton L Bissell becomes Commanding General 10th Air Force, relieving Brigadier General Earl L Naiden who now devotes full time to command of India-China Ferry Command under the 10th Air Force

USMC - Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, for a raid to divert Japanese reinforcements to the Guadalcanal area. After killing 83 Japanese and destroying installations, ships and flying boats, the Marines were evacuated and forced to leave behind their dead, which were later buried by the islanders and Japanese in a mass grave.

CATF: 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Kweilin to Kunming with P-40s.

SWPA (5th AF): For a second consecutive day a single B-17 attacks Kavieng Airfield; bombs fall in the airfield dispersal area.

Japan - General Horii arrives at Buna.



WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): Mechanical failure prevents a B-24 from flying reconnaissance over Tanaga .

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s bomb shipping off Faisi.



THURSDAY, 20 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over Kiska; a patrol is flown over Shumagin.

WDC (4th AF): 25th Observation Squadron, 71st Observation Group, stops flying ASW patrols from Salinas AAB, California.

SWPA (5th AF): 63d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Torrens Creek to Mareeba with B-17s. LB-30 Liberator AL-818 force lands at No 1. Strip (Gurney).

Guadalcanal - Henderson Field goes into operation after being captured from the Japanese, and completed by US forces. By this date, there are 10,000 American, 3,600 Japanese troops on the island. First fighter aircraft arrive on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Marine Fighter Squadron 223 and Scout Bombing Squadron 232, delivered by the escort carrier Long , initiated operations from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal (20 Aug) and were joined within a week by AAF fighter elements and dive bombers from the Enterprise, and by other elements as the campaign progressed. Until the was secure (February 9, 1943), these forces flew interceptor patrols, offensive missions against shipping, and close air support for the Marines and for Army troops relieving them (13 Oct). Marine air units carrying the major air support burden accounted for 427 enemy claimed during the campaign.



FRIDAY, 21 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A B-24 reconnaissance over Kiska aborts due to weather.

Guadalcanal - Battle of the Tenaru (Ilu River).

 

SATURDAY, 22 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A photo reconnaissance mission over Kiska is aborted due to overcast.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): First AAF aircraft, 5 P-400s of the 67th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group, based on New Caledonia arrive at Henderson Field, joining USMC aircraft which arrived earlier; these P-400s, which operate under control of Marine Aircraft Wing One (MAW-1) prove no match for Japanese Zekes or bombers at high altitudes.

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s bomb airfields at Lae and Lakunai Airfield.

Buna - 11,430 Japanese troops at Buna

Guadalcanal - Marines turn back first major Japanese attack on Guadalcanal in Battle of the Tenaru

IJN - A6M3 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai led by Lt. Jôji Yamashita made seven sorties over Rabi (Milne Bay) and seven cover sorties over friendly positions at Basabua. A6M3 Zeros of the 2nd Kokutai led by Lt. Yoshiô Kurakane made seven sorties over Rabi (Milne Bay) and five over Basabua.

 

SUNDAY, 23 AUGUST 1942

POA (7th AF): 333d Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, is activated at Bellows Field and equipped with P-39s.

SWPA (5th AF): A lone B-17 bombs Buka.

South of Darwin, soon after midday Hughes Field was bombed by 27 G4M1 Betty bombers escorted by 12-15 A6M2 Zero fighters. 49th Fighter Group P-40s intercepted, claiming four bombers destroyed along with eight fighters, for the loss of just one defending aircraft. Hughes was bombed and destroyed Wirraway A20-599 and Buffalo A51-6 both from the newly arrived No 1 Photo Reconnaissance Unit (PRU). Fuel and ammunition dumps were also hit, 250 drums of aviation fuel destroyed and the runway cratered. Although General MacArthur was prompted to signal to his air commander, Major General Kenney, his ‘heartiest felicitations’ at the stout defense mounted, this was actually the last occasion on when American P-40s intercepted a Japanese air raid.

USN - Lost on take off is PBY Catalina 23-P-11.

(IJN) Sixteen A6M3 perform a fighter sweep over Milne Bay.

 

MONDAY 24 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): 404th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 28th Composite Group, begins to operate from Umnak with B-24s. A photo reconnaissance sortie is cancelled due to overcast.

USN (Night of August 24-25) Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 7 B-17s and USN dive and torpedo bombers from the carriers USS Enterprise (CV-6) and USS Saratoga (CV-3) attack a task force covering a transport formation heading for Guadalcanal; USN aircraft sink the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo; during the night 4 Japanese warships shell the airstrip on Guadalcanal. Lost are TBF Avenger 00418 (MIA), TBF Avenger piloted by Taurman (rescued), TBF Avenger piloted by Fayle (rescued).

IJN - Ryujo launches aircraft against against Guadalcanal. Six Ryujo Zeros escort Vals. In the ensuing fight over Guadalcanal, the Japanese lost four Aichi D3A Val dive bombers and three Zeros. VMF-212 and VMF-223 suffered three aircraft shot down of the 10 that rose from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal to do battle. In the meantime, Ryujo, left with only seven fighters to protect itself, was sunk in an attack by 30 Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers and six Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers from the carriers USS Enterprise and USS Saratoga. The surviving planes of the Ryujo were diverted to land at Rabaul. Lost is D3A piloted by Hikiune. The USS Enterprise was hit by carrier-based bombers and forced to retire

Fourteen G4M1 Betty bombers (7 from Kisarazu Kokutai and 7 from 4th Kokutai) take off from Rabaul and bomb Milne Bay, destroying LB-30 Liberator AL-818 that force landed two days prior. Eight D3A2 Val from the 2nd Kû Bomber Buntaï led by Lt Fumitô Inoue arrive at Buna Airfield.

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s hit Gasmata and airfields at Rabaul. Japanese amphibious forces leave Buna in barges and New Ireland in transports, heading for Milne Bay; the barges are detected by an Australian coastwatcher during the afternoon.

TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A photo reconnaissance mission is flown over Kiska, Attu and Adak, then turns back because of mechanical failure.

USN - Lost is PBY 04469.

Guadalcanal - "Battle of the Eastern Solomons " U.S. Army, Navy and USMC aircraft attack Japanese transports carrying reinforcements to Guadalcanal and force them to turn back. Hit hard by dive bombers 125 miles away, begining at 0835 hours; B-17s from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides sink the destroyer Mutsuki as it is attempting to sink the damaged transport Kinuru Maru; by 1200 hours the force is heading N in retreat; the enemy has lost about 90 aircraft in the battle.

SWPA (5th AF): Japanese amphibious forces bound for Milne Bay from Buna are stranded on Goodenough when P-40s from Milne Bay destroy all of their beached barges. P-40s also attack a convoy proceeding from New Ireland toward Milne Bay but are hampered by bad weather and fail to halt landings at three points east of Rabi during the night of 25/26 Aug. 3rd BG B-25 attempt to bomb Japanese shipping at Milne Bay, but fail to locate them due to bad weather. Lost is B-25C "Boomerang" 41-12499.

P-400s hit the Buna Airfield and destroy on the ground 4 A6M3 and 1 G6M1 transport of the Tainan Kokutai. Also they hit AA positions at Buna.

WEDNESDAY, 26 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A photo mission is aborted over Atka due to weather.

CBI (CATF): B-25s which have moved temporarily from Central China to Yunnani, bomb Lashio, an important rail center, highway junction and Lashio Airfield; covering P-40s strafe numerous targets of opportunity and shoot down at least 2 Japanese fighters.

SWPA (5th AF): At 4:00am, eight B-17s from the 19th BG, 98th BS took off from Mareeba Airfield on a bombing mission aganinst a Japanese convoy off Milne Bay. Weather inbound to the target was horrible with a ceiling of only 2,000' or less. Between 6:30am to 7:45am, the formation bombed from roughly 1,500' and experienced accurate anti-aircraft fire from the ships, damaging several of the bombers. Over the target, B-17F 41-24354 was lost. Returning from the mission, B-17E "The Daylight Ltd" 41-2621 crash landing at Mareeba Airfield.

P-40s, B-25s and B-26s plus RAAF Hudsons, pound Japanese forces in Milne Bay; a large transport is damaged and most of the supplies on the beachheads east of Rabi are destroyed.

P-400s strafe Buna Airfield and caught japanese fighters while they were taking off and destroyed (shot down) 6 A6M3 (3 from 2nd Kû and 3 from Tainan Kû), killing 3 pilots of 2nd Kû (PO/1 Kiichi Iwase, PO/3 Daïzô Ihara and PO/3 Kiyochi Nakano). Lost is P-400 BW112.

RAAF - Ditched due to bad weather is P-40E A29-110.

Guadalcanal - 18th Division, 35th Inf Brig, detached and 27 August 124th Inf Regt, detached land.

IJN - Eight D3A2 Val bombed Rabi (Milne Bay) covered by six Tainan Kokutai A6M3 Zeros.



THURSDAY, 27 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): 4 B-17s, 6 B-24s, and 2 P-38s fly weather, reconnaissance and patrol missions over Kiska and Atka. The Japanese begin to transfer the Attu garrison to Kiska, which is completed by September 16.

SWPA (5th AF): 22nd BG B-26s and P-400s bomb Buna Airfield while P-40s strafe the beachhead and fuel dumps at Milne Bay. 403d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Laverton to Torrens Creek with B-17s; first mission is in Oct.

IJN - Eight D3A2 Val bomb Rabi (Milne Bay), escorted by seven A6M3 Zeros (five from Tainan Kû and two from 2nd Kû). The Tainan Kokutai Zeros strafe No. 1 Strip (Gurney Field). Allied fighters shot down 2 D3A2: D3A Val Koyamada and D3A Yoshinaga and four Zeros from the Tainan Kû were lost including: A6M piloted by Lt. Yamashita, A6M3 piloted by PO1C Yamashita and A6M3 piloted by NP Ninomiya were shot down. A6M3 piloted by PO2C Kakimoto ditched and was later taken prisoner. Also, while flying cover over Buna, 3 Tainan Kû A6M3 were opposed to B-26 and P-39. Lost is A6M3 Zero piloted by PO/3 Takeô Matsuda, shot down and killed and another Zero was damaged.

RAAF - 76 Squadron P-40s intercept attacking Japanese aircrraft. Lost on a strafing attack on Milne Bay is P-40E A29-92.

FRIDAY, 28 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): Three B-17s bomb Kiska, lost is B-17E 41-9126. All available B-24s and two flights of P-38s fly naval cover at Nazan Bay, Atka. An attack mission to Attu is cancelled due to weather.

CBI (CATF): In French Indochina, 8 B-25s hit barracks and ammunition dumps at Hoang Su Phi and a fuel dump at Phu Lo; this is the largest force of B-25s used by CATF to date, and the first B-25 mission flown without escort.

SWPA (5th AF): B-26s bomb forces at Milne Bay.

Guadalcanal -Asagiri sunk off Santa Isabel by American planes

Miline Bay - Additional Japanese land at Milne Bay.

RAAF - P-40E A29-109 is lost returning to Port Moresby.


SATURDAY, 29 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): A USN PBY reports a force of 3 cruisers and 4 destroyers NW of Umnak ; thereupon all aircraft of the 11th go on attack alert; the surface force then identifies itself as friendly.

CBI (CATF): B-25s pound Lashio, scoring numerous hits on Lashio Airfield and starting 3 large fires in warehouse area SE of the city.

SWPA (5th AF): B-26s and P-400s hit the airfield at Buna; P-40s hit facilities in the Milne Bay area as enemy ground forces continue their drive over the Owen Stanley Range toward Port Moresby. B-17s pound Lakunai Airfield. A C5M Babs piloted by Shigetoshi Kudo chased 8 x B-17s. flying up to 7,500m then dropped an aerial burst bomb. He aimed for the B-17s on the left of the formation. The #1 plane was hit and went into clouds, so he claimed an unconfirmed. #2 caught on fire and went down.



SUNDAY, 30 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): US troops occupy Kuluk Bay, Adak amidst a terrific storm and start building a runway. Five B-24s photograph Kiska but do not bomb due to overcast, and then fly patrol and photo reconnaissance over Amchitka and Tanaga. P-38s fly patrol between Great Sitkin and Little Tanaga. Seaplane Tender Teal provides forward air cover. The occupation puts North Pacific forces within 250 miles of occupied Kiska and in a position to maintain a close watch over enemy shipping lanes to that and to Attu. The tender Casco, conducting support operations from Nazan Bay, was damaged by a submarine torpedo and temporarily beached.

CBI (CATF): Eight China based B-25s bomb Myitkyina Airfield for the first time.

POA (7th AF): 6th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, moves from Wheeler Field to Kahuku with P-40s.

SWPA (5th AF): B-17s attack shipping in Saint Georges Channel

Miline Bay - Additional Japanese land at Milne Bay 1/124, anti-tank 6.

USN: Sunk by bombs is USS Colhoun APD-2 into Iron Bottom Sound.

MONDAY 31 AUGUST 1942

ALASKA (11th AF): Two B-24s fly weather reconnaissance and patrol missions over Tanaga, one returns due to bad weather.

CBI (CATF): B-25s from China bomb Myitkyina for the second consecutive day.

New Guinea - Japanese thrown back from No. 3 Strip (Turnbull) at Milne Bay. 2/124, engineers 7

SWPA (5th AF): B-26 bomb Lae escorted by Airacobras of the 80th FS. Lost are P-400 BX147.

USN - Saratoga was damaged by a submarine torpedo (31 Aug) and forced to retire.

IJN - A6M2 Zeros from the 2nd Kokutai fly seven sorties over Rabi (Milne Bay).

 

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