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09/01/42

USAMEAF

B-24's attack harbor at Candia, Crete, scoring several direct hits on 1 vessel and hitting 2 others. 2 sqs of 57th Ftr Gp fly escort missions and sweeps with AF. B-25's, in conjunction with RAF Lbs, hit trucks and tanks in battle area of Alam-el-Halfa.


09/01/42

Fifth AF

P-40's hit Japanese HQ at Wagga Wagga on Milne Bay while P-400's strafe Kokoda and Kokoda Pass in the Owen Stanley Range. Australian ground forces continue slow retreat over the range but make progress in Milne Bay offensive.


09/01/42

Eleventh AF

US forces complete occupation of Adak.


09/02/42

Twelfth AF

Col Claude E Duncan becomes CO XII BC.


09/02/42

USAMEAF

B-24's hit docks and jetties at Tobruk harbor. B-25's bomb aircraft and landing ground and, with RAF, attack troops and vehicles in battle area around Alam-el-Halfa ridge. P-40's fly escort and sweep missions over battle area in conjunction with RAF.


09/02/42

Tenth AF

P-40's hit barges and junks carrying rice in the Poyang Bake region, strafe HQ and runways at Nanchang A/F, attack railroad stations and warehouses at Hua Yuan, and sink a launch, damage 4 junks, and wreck a train on Wuchang Peninsula.


09/02/42

Fifth AF

P-400's bomb and strafe forces in Kokoda and Alola areas as Japanese continue to push toward Port Moresby.


09/02/42

SOPAC

The mission of the 67th Ftr Sq P-400's on Guadalcanal is shifted from air def to close spt for Marine ground forces and attacks on shipping, tasks for which they are better suited.


09/02/42

Eleventh AF

6 bmrs and 12 P-38's fly cover and photo rcn over Nazan and Kuluk Bays, and Amchitka and Semisopochnoi Is.


09/03/42

USAMEAF

B-24's attack convoy at sea. B-25's hit troop concentrations, vehicles, and A/F installations in battle area of Alam-el-Halfa and behind enemy lines. P-40's, mostly operating with RAF, escort bmrs and engage ftrs in combat, claiming at least 1 shot down.


09/03/42

Tenth AF

1 B-25 dumps bombs and pamphlets on Hanoi in first US raid against that city. Munitions, supplies, and several parked aircraft are destroyed or damaged. 9 interceptors pursue the MB for about 30 mi but fail to make contact. For the next 3 weeks, bad weather and inaccurate Chinese weather forecasts severely limit bmr operations.


09/03/42

Fifth AF

Gen Kenney assumes cmd of Fifth AF in Brisbane, where the Fifth's HQ is remanned. Gen Kenney retains cmd of Allied AF. P-400's bomb and strafe Kokoda Pass area, hitting A/F at Kokoda and in the vicinity of Alola, Isurava, and Missima. B-25's and A-20's pound Mubo-Busama-Salamaua area. A B-17 strafes seaplanes at Faisi I.


09/03/42

Eleventh AF

The 21st Bomb Gp arrives at Umnak. Of 6 bmrs and 5 P-38's off to bomb Kiska and flying air cover over Kuluk Bay, 5 bmrs and 3 ftrs abort due to weather. The others strafe seaplanes and boats in Kiska Harbor and nearby installations. Between 1 and 4 seaplanes are claimed destroyed on the water. This is the longest over-water attack flight thus far in World War II. The 2 ftrs which reach the tgt area return from the 1,260 mi round trip with only 40 gals of fuel.


09/04/42

USAMEAF

B-24's, in conjunction with RAF and RN, attack convoy at sea. 2 merchant ships are reported sunk and 1 left burning. B-25's and RAF Bostons, repelling counterattacks during Alam-el-Halfa battle, hit troop concentrations and vehicles, while P-40's, operating with RAF, escort bmrs and engage in combat over battle area, claiming 1 ftr destroyed.


09/04/42

Fifth AF

P-40's bomb and strafe forces in Milne Bay area at Goroni, Wagga Wagga, Ahioma, and N of Lilihoa. Australian ground forces pushing E along Milne Bay reach Goroni; Japanese begin evacuation of the area.


09/04/42

Eleventh AF

2 bmrs and 1 P-38 bomb and patrol Nazan and Kuluk Bays, but bombing of Kiska is canceled due to weather.


09/05/42

Eighth AF

Because of Gen Spaatz's convincing protests, Gen Eisenhower changes his mind concerning his recent orders to suspend Eighth AF operations from UK in order to devote total air effort to spt of Twelfth AF an the forth coming African campaign. Gen Eisenhower informs Gen Marshall that he considers air operations in UK and in Africa mutually complementary. 31 B-17's bomb the locomotive depot at Rouen-Sotteville M/Y. This is largest force of Eighth AF HBs to attack to date. Almost 1/5 of the HE bombs burst within the M/Y.


09/05/42

USAMEAF

B-24's strike shipping and dock area in Candia Bay. P-40's escort RAF bmrs over battle area SE of Alam-el-Halfa ridge near Rayil Dayr Ar Depression as enemy offensive falters and is pushed back.


09/05/42

Fifth AF

Gen Walker becomes CG V BC. P-400's strafe Kokoda, Kaile, Isurava, Alola, Buna, Sanananda, and Buna-Kokoda trail. A/F at Buna is strafed and bombed by P-400's and A-20's. As Japanese withdraw from Milne Bay area, Australian ground forces capture Wagga Wagga supply dump.


09/05/42

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's abort bombing of Kiska due to overcast.


09/06/42

USSR

Germans announce capture of Novorossisk, key Soviet port on Black Sea since fall of Sevastopol.


09/06/42

Eighth AF

30 B-17's strike Avions Potez aircraft plant at Meaulte, while a smaller force bombs 2 A/Fs near Saint-Omer. 12 DB-7's attack Abbeville/Drucat A/F. 2 B-17's are shot down over Meaulte by ftrs, marking VIII BC's first loss of aircraft in combat.


09/06/42

USAMEAF

P-40's fly offensive sweep over battle area near Rayil Dayr Ar Depression, claiming 3 Ju-87's shot down. P-40's also escort RAF bmrs and fly 2 interceptor missions.


09/06/42

Fifth AF

P-400's, A-20's, and B-17's strafe and bomb positions, troops, and shipping at Myola, Mubo, Kokoda, Myola Lake, Eora Creek, and Milne Bay. Australian ground forces continue to clear enemy from Milne Bay area while Australian troops in the Owen Stanley Range fall back to vicinity of Efogi Spur beyond Gap Mountain here defensive positions already established.


09/06/42

Eleventh AF

A B-24 flying patrol and armed rcn over Tanaga sinks a mine layer and strafes a tender as well as nearby tents and buildings.


09/07/42

Eighth AF

7 B-17's of 29 dispatched, ineffectively raid the Wilton shipyards at Rotterdam in bad weather. 2 HBs seek T/Os in vicinity of Utrecht. Heavy ftr opposition is successfully repulsed with bmr crews claiming 12 destroyed.


09/07/42

USAMEAF

B-24's bomb convoys at sea, hit other shipping, and attack Maleme A/F and Suda Bay.


09/07/42

Fifth AF

A-20's and P-400's .strafe and bomb positions at Myola Lake and Efogi in Owen Stanley Range. P-40's and RAAF Hudsons, Beauforts, and Beaufighters attack cruiser and destroyer 17 mi ENE of Cape Karitahua. Organized Japanese resistance in Milne Bay sector ends.


09/07/42

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's patrol and bomb Kiska Harbor and camp area and also patrol Tanaga. They are attacked by 3 sea ftrs of which at least I is downed.


09/08/42

Eighth AF

'Joint British American Directive on Day Bomber Operations Involving Fighter Cooperation' is issued. Worked out between Gen Spaatz and the RAF, it consigns night bombing to the RAF and day bombing to the Eighth AF. Purpose is to achieve continuity in the bombing offensive and secure RAF ftr spt for US bmrs. Gen Spatz orders all tac operations to give way to activity in spt of TORCH. Processing of units of newly created Twelfth AF destined for N Africa takes priority over combat operations for the present.


09/08/42

USAMEAF

B-24's attack shipping and harbor at Suda Bay.


09/08/42

Fifth AF

P-400's bomb and strafe Efogi area where Australian forces are hard pressed by the Japanese. B-17's and RAAF Hudsons attack cruisers and a destroyer N of the D'Entrecasteaux Is.


09/08/42

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 and 1 B-26 fly photo rcn over Agattu, Attu, and Kiska.


09/09/42

US

Japanese airplane, launched from sub off coast, drops incendiary bomb on mountain slope near Brookings, causing small forest fire. This comprises total bombing of continental US by enemy aircraft during World War II.


09/09/42

AAF

Gen Arnold submits to the CoS a plan (AWPD-42) estimating size of air force necessary to attain air ascendancy over the enemy and outlining suggestions for use of these forces in the several theaters. This plan, which by 17 Nov has been approved by WD and the President, includes buildup of depleted Eighth AF in UK and contains the seeds of the CBO.


09/09/42

USAMEAF

B-24's attack Tobruk harbor and shipping.


09/09/42

Fifth AF

P-40's strafe Galaiwa Bay area on Goodenough I. A-20's, in spt of encircled Australian ground forces, strafe and bomb troops in Efogi Spur area.


09/09/42

Eleventh AF

1 B-26 patrols Tanaga and Adak."


09/10/42

Eleventh AF

Weather, photo rcn, and patrol missions are flown during morning over Tanaga, Nazan Bay, Adak, and Amchitka. Poor weather is encountered at Kiska, Attu, and Agattu."


09/11/42

USAMEAF

P-40's fly uneventful sweep with RAF during lull after Battle of Alam-el-Halfa.


09/11/42

Fifth AF

A-20's and B-26's hit Efogi and Menari in the Owen Stanley Range and A/F at Buna. B-17's, along with RAAF Hudsons, attack 2 destroyers 20 mi E of Normanby I. A B-17 scores a direct hit on stern of the destroyer Yayoi, which later sinks.


09/11/42

SOPAC

Island combat control gps are authorized for New Caledonia and Fiji. These units, under immediate control of COMGENSOP AC, are to take over local operational direction of ftr aircraft and all other units in the island combat team.


09/11/42

Eleventh AF

343d Ftr Gp, constituted on 3 Sep, is activated on this day and immediately begins to operate. It is composed of the 11th, 18th, 54th, and, ax of 10 Oct, 344th Ftr Sqs. A weather, photo, and patrol aircraft draw AA fire over Chichagof Harbor and also covers Tanaga, Amchitka, and Semichi.


09/12/42

Eighth AF

HQ VIII AF Comp Cmd arrives in N Ireland and is temporarily stationed at Long Kesh. HQ 3d Bomb Wg arrives in UK and is established at Elveden Hall. HQ 4th Bomb Wg is established at High Wycombe but soon loses its personnel to XII BC and is not manned again until Jan 43. 4th Ftr Gp is activated in UK to be manned by US pilots who formerly flew with RAF Eagle Sqs.


09/12/42

Twelfth AF

HQ of Twelfth AF, XII FC and XII AFSC arrive in UK.


09/12/42

USAMEAF

P-40's fly 3 uneventful scramble missions along front-lines.


09/12/42

Fifth AF

P-400's, B-26's, A-20's, and B-17's bomb A/F and strafe barges at Buna. P-40's strafe Gadaibai on Goodenough I. A B-17 strafes vessel in Bismarck Sea S of Kavieng."


09/12/42

Eleventh AF

A weather and patrol rcn aircraft finds overcast at Kiska but takes photos over Tanaga, Kanaga, and Attu. The runway at Adak is completed.


09/13/42

USAMEAF

During 13/14 Sep, B-24's attack Tobruk and shipping in Bengasi harbor while B-25's hit landing grounds SE of Matruh.


09/13/42

Fifth AF

B-26's pound A/F at Lae. B-17's unsuccessfully attack cruiser SE of Rabaul. P-40's strafe buildings on Goodenough I.


09/13/42

Eleventh AF

14 B-24's of the 21st and 404th Bomb Sqs move up to Adak. I LB-30 and 2 P-38's fly photo rcn, antisub coverage and strafing mission over Kiska lakes and harbor. A tender in harbor is slightly damaged, 1 float ftr is downed. A P-38 is hit by AA fire and ftrs damage the LB-30.


09/14/42

Twelfth AF

HQ of Twelfth AF, XII FC, XII AFSC, and XII BC are attached to corresponding units of Eighth AF in UK. The Eighth subsequently handles the buildup of the Twelfth by assigning a large number of its own units to the new AF (appropriately dubbed JUNIOR) and supervises its trg. The first increment of tac and serv units includes 2 HB gps, 3 MB gps, 1 LB gp, 4 ftr gps, 3 TC gps, and several engineer, signal, and serv units of varying sizes.


09/14/42

USAMEAF

B-24's attack shipping at Suda Bay, setting 1 vessel afire, while other HBs hit Tobruk P-40's fly sweep with RAF over front-lines.


09/14/42

Fifth AF

A single A-20 bombs ground forces and installations at Myola.


09/14/42

Eleventh AF

In the first combined heavy mission over Kiska 13 B-24's, 1 B-17, 14 P-38's, and 14 P-39's fly low-altitude and photo runs. The P-39's shell 3 subs in the harbor. The other aircraft bomb and strafe many installations including AA guns and the submarine base. A single aircraft also strafes Segula. Enemy losses are 5 float planes shot down and 1 flying boat destroyed on the water; 2 mine sweepers sunk and another vessel slightly damaged; while a large cargo vessel and several small barges and vessels sustain hits. 2 P-38's are lost, colliding head-on while after a ftr.


09/15/42

USAMEAF

57th Gp is first ftr gp to arrive in Egypt from Palestine. A lone B-24 drops 1 bomb on tanker in Suda Bay. B-24's bomb behind enemy lines while P-40's, along with RAF, fly escort and carry out scramble missions over area W of El Alamein."


09/15/42

Fifth AF

MBs hit Buna and Sanananda and attack camps at Efogi and Myola. B-17's bomb harbor and A/F at Rabaul. First US inf troops, elements of 32d Div, arrive at Port Moresby.


09/15/42

Eleventh AF

1 B-17 and 1 B-24 fly armed rcn over Kiska, and at Amchitka blast buildings in Constantine Harbor area. Ftrs strafe Kiska Camp area and down 4 intercepting aircraft."


09/16/42

Eighth AF

VIII AFSC selects Honington and Watton as sites for BC adv depots. Site for FC awaits final settlement of question of location and mission of FC.


09/16/42

USAMEAF

Gen Brereton is officially assigned to the ME as a result of pressure from Gen Bissell, new CG Tenth AF, for clarification of status of Brereton and other key staff officers and combat crews who had gone from India to ME in Jun and Jul 42.


09/16/42

Fifth AF

B-17's bomb wharf and A/F at Rabaul and A/F at Gasmata. A lone B-17 attacks landing barges in Sanananda area while a single A-20 bombs and strafes positions at Nauro and Menari in Efogi area. Japanese ground offensive toward Port Moresby comes to a halt at Ioribaiwa. Australians are entrenched on Imita Range where they are preparing a counteroffensive.


09/16/42

Eleventh AF

Enemy completes transfer of Attu garrison to Kiska, begun on 27 Aug. 1 B-17 and 1 B-24 fly photo and rcn runs over Adak.


09/17/42

USAMEAF

During 16/17 Sep, B-24's bomb Bengasi harbor. During the day, tgts for B-24's are in Greece: shipping in Pylos Bay and shipping and piers near Sphakia, and in Khalones and Pylos I. P-40's make offensive sweep with RAF over front lines.


09/17/42

Fifth AF

B-17's, carrying out single-bmr attacks, bomb A/Fs at Rabaul and Lae, and hit a beached cargo vessel at Salamaua. P-400's, P-40's, and P-39's strafe and bomb landing barges at Buna and Sanananda Pt. Japanese ground forces, halted within sight of Port Moresby, are unable to attack without reinforcements and supplies, neither of which is available.


09/17/42

Twelfth AF

XII GASC is activated at Birmingham, Ala. The only Twelfth AF cmd to be completely organized in US, it eventually will proceed directly to N Africa as part of WTF.


09/18/42

Eighth AF

VIII GASC is redesignated VIII A Spt Cmd.


09/18/42

Twelfth AF

12 British units-- signal, observer, radar, and air warning--are attached to XII FC in UK. Col Rosenham R Beam becomes CO XII GASC.


09/18/42

Fifth AF

1 B-17 bombs Salamaua while a B-25 strafes pack trains on Kokoda trail in Andemba-Wairopi-Kokoda area."


09/19/42

USAMEAF

B-24's bomb Pylos Bay area, Pylos I and Khalones during 19/20 Sep.


09/19/42

Tenth AF

B-25's strike Lungling. The raid is ineffective due to bad weather but results in discovery of much Japanese activity which further rcn reveals as part of heavy movement of enemy and supplies along Burma Road toward Salween front.


09/19/42

Fifth AF

A-20's and B-26's strafe and bomb A/F at Lae. B-17's attack cargo vessels near Umboi (Rooke) I. Whaling vessel is strafed by ftrs off Goodenough I.


09/20/42

Fifth AF

In Owen Stanley Range, A-20's bomb and strafe troops and installations at Sangara, Arehe, and along the Popondetta-Andemba road, and P-40's strafe A/F at Kokoda, bridges on trail near Wairopi, and troops at Myola, Efogi, and Kagi.


09/20/42

SOPAC

Adm Fitch becomes COMAIRSOPAC.


09/21/42

Fifth AF

P-40's bomb and strafe bridges and T/Os along Buna-Kokoda trail.


09/21/42

Eleventh AF

The 21st Bomb Sq begins to operate from Adak. Bmrs fly rcn over Kiska and bomb and fire Constantine Harbor installations at Amchitka.


09/22/42

Twelfth AF

Gen Cannon takes cmd of XII GASC."


09/22/42

USAMEAF

B-24's bomb shipping in Bengasi harbor. Direct hits are made on 1 large vessel while a smaller vessel and other tgts receive lesser hits.


09/22/42

Fifth AF

A-20's bomb and strafe occupied areas at Menari, Efogi, Nauro, Yodda, and Kokoda. P-40's strafe AA positions, huts, and barges at Buna and Salamaua and bomb and strafe Wairopi bridge, strafe buildings at Yodda, A/F at Buna, and AA positions and other tgts along Buna-Kokoda trail. 1 B-25 bombs N end of Buna A/F and coastal end of Sanananda track. B-17's bomb A/F and shipping at Rabaul.


09/22/42

Eleventh AF

9 B-24's, 2 B-17's, and 1 LB-30, accompanied by 15 P-39's and 20 P-40's, abort Kiska bombing mission due to weather. Photo rcn suggests that Chichagof Harbor is abandoned.


09/23/42

Twelfth AF

Gen Doolittle assumes cmd of Twelfth AF in Great Britain.


09/23/42

Fifth AF

P-40's, P-39's, P-400's, and B-17's hit tanks, buildings, and A/F at Buna, Wairopi bridge and T/Os on Buna-Kokoda trail, and Taupota Mission near Goodenough Bay.


09/23/42

SOPAC

72d Bomb Sq (B-17's) of 5th Bomb Gp joins 11th Bomb Gp on Espiritu Santo.


09/23/42

Seventh AF

Movement of 72d Bomb Sq to SOPAC, plus subsequent movement of other sqs of 5th Bomb Gp to SOPAC, makes it difficult for some time to maintain the minimum force of 35 HBs considered necessary for def of the Hawaiian Is. This situation is relieved by 90th Bomb Gp, which stops in Hawaii while en route to SWPA, and by 307th Bomb Gp, which is assigned to Seventh AF for a time.


09/23/42

Eleventh AF

Weather causes mission abort to Kiska. Photo rcn over Attu confirms abandonment by enemy. A Navy PBY escorted by 2 P-38's lands off Amchitka with a scouting party which determines that the island is unsuited as an A/F. The P-38's also bomb a radio shack and sink a submarine at Amchitka.


09/24/42

Twelfth AF

XII GASC is redesignated XII A Spt Cmd.


09/24/42

Fifth AF

B-17's bomb shipping at Rabaul. P-40's and A-20's hit Mubo while B-17's bomb wrecked vessel at Gona. P-40's hit A/F at Kokoda and tgts along Kokoda-Wairopi trail, including bridge at Wairopi.


09/24/42

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's bomb Main Camp, storage dumps, and dock areas, starting several fires.


09/25/42

USAMEAF

B-24's fail to locate shipping convoy S of Crete and return without bombing. Other B-24's bomb Bengasi."


09/25/42

Tenth AF

4 B-25's, with escort of 10 P-40's, attack Hanoi. The strike force is intercepted by 10 ftrs but the MBs place several bombs on the runway at Gia Lam A/F. The P-40's claim at least 9 ftrs shot down. CATF bmrs fly 11 missions during remainder of Sep and early Oct to spt Chinese ground forces attempting to hold the Japanese on W bank of the Salween.


09/25/42

Fifth AF

P-40's again bomb bridge at Wairopi, scoring direct hit on NE end, which is demolished. Australian ground forces open counteroffensive, attacking strongly toward Ioribaiwa to drive enemy back along Port Moresby-Kokoda trail.


09/25/42

Eleventh AF

9 B-24's, 1 B-17, and 1 B-24 photo airplane, escorted by 11 P-39's and 17 P-40's, fly first of 2 missions to Kiska. RCAF Kittyhawk, participate in this first combined Canadian-American mission of the Eleventh. Later 2 B-24's and a B-17, escorted by 15 P-39's, pound Little Kiska and Kiska. Radar installations at Little Kiska are destroyed and explosions and fires are caused in the Main Camp area. Other tgts include shipping, stores, and tents. The P-39's also strafe 2 subs. 2 float planes are downed. 5 to 8 biplanes are probably destroyed on the water. 1 large transport vessel is hit and lists badly. 150 personnel are believed killed.


09/26/42

Eighth AF

Approximately 75 HBs are dispatched to attack Cherbourg, Maupertus and Morlaix/Poryeau A/Fs and to execute diversionary sweeps. All bmrs return without bombing their tgts due to adverse weather.


09/26/42

USAMEAF

B-24's of 3 sqs sent on shipping strikes fail to locate tgts.


09/26/42

Tenth AF

4 B-25's devastate village of Luchiangpa in SW China.


09/26/42

Fifth AF

A-20's bomb and strafe forces N of Ioribaiwa and along Efogi-Menari trail in spt of Australian counteroffensive in Papua. A B-17, along with RAAF airplanes, bombs A/F at Buna. B-17's strike shipping and A F at Rabaul.


09/26/42

Eleventh AF

1 destroyer and 1 freighter are bombed at 53-30N 174-20E. 2 near misses are scored on the freighter."


09/27/42

Twelfth AF

Following a series of cmd changes between 16 and 27 Sep, Col Thomas W Blackburn becomes CO XII FC. WD assigns to XII A Spt Cmd the units which are to constitute its force for the invasion of N Africa, a ftr wg (2 gps), a bomb wg (1 LB gp and 1 obs gp), and 10 signal, serv, and engineer units of various sizes.


09/27/42

USAMEAF

B-24's are dispatched to attack an 8,000-ton vessel at Bengasi. No bombs hit tgt but several straddle a jetty in the harbor.


09/27/42

Tenth AF

4 B-25's over SW China blast Mengshih, claiming about 30 trucks and 400 troops destroyed. The MBs also bomb Tengchung, leaving it aflame. 3 flights of P-40's strafe T/Os along Burma Road, claiming 15 trucks destroyed and 5 barracks groups damaged.


09/27/42

Fifth AF

A-20's continue to pound forces N of Ioribaiwa in area between Kagi and Efogi and in Myola and Menari areas. Japanese abandon Ioribaiwa Ridge and are in full retreat under heavy pressure from Australian ground forces.


09/27/42

Eleventh AF

Shore and harbor areas of Kiska are bombed: 8 B-24's and 1 B-17, escorted by 1 P-38, 13 P-39's and 4 P-40's take off first, and are followed by 6 unescorted B-24's. Weather turns back 13 of the ftrs. An LB-30 flies photo-weather rcn over Attu, Buldir, the Semichis, Agattu, and Amchitka.


09/28/42

Fifth AF

P-40's and P-400's bomb and strafe Wairopi bridge, village of Kagi, Myola Lake area, and T/Os along Buna-Kokoda trail. 1 B-17 bombs A/F at Lae. Main body of 126th Inf, US 32d Div, arrives at Port Moresby and is assigned to New Guinea Force to join Australian adv on Wairopi.


09/28/42

Eleventh AF

2 bombing missions are flown to Kiska and Attu by 7 B-24's, 1 B-17, and 1 LB-30, escorted by 17 ftrs. Installations on Kiska and a freighter nearby are bombed. 1 of the B-24's and the LB-30 bomb village and Chichagof Harbor on Attu and on returning silence AA guns on a freighter. 5 float-planes are shot down, and 1 submarine is sunk. 1 P-39 is shot down.


09/29/42

Eighth AF

US pilots who had been members of 3 RAF Eagle Sqs are taken over by VIII FC and organized into 4th Ftr Gp.


09/29/42

USAMEAF

B-24's hit harbor installations at Suda Bay. P-40's fly offensive sweep over battle area, and carry out interception mission against Stukas over front-line near 11 Alamein."


09/29/42

Fifth AF

B-17's bomb AA positions at Buna and A/F at Salamaua. A single A-20 bombs Menari area.


09/29/42

Eleventh AF

Morning armed rcn mission is flown by an LB-30 over Semichis and Attu. It strafes a ship at Attu. 3 B-24's bomb and strafe sea transport, scoring no hits.


09/30/42

Twelfth AF

Gen Dunton assumes cmd of XII AFSC.


09/30/42

Fifth AF

B-17's, A-20's, and P-40's pound occupied areas at Menari, Myola Lake, Kagi, and Efogi and bridge at Wairopi.


09/30/42

Eleventh AF

Of 9 B-24's off to bomb Kiska and Attu, 2 turn back. The others blast Attu Camp area, and at Kiska Harbor score at least 1 direct hit and near misses on a ship. 8 ftrs intercept over Kiska and Little Kiska but inflict no losses.


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