May 1, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 1 MAY 1942
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (10th Air Force): X Air Service Command is activated under
command of Brigadier General Elmer E Adler.
(5th AF): P-39 Airacobras on a ferry flight from Townsville via Cooktown to Port Moresby. They ran into a heavy storm near Horn Island and force landed. Lost are P-39D 41-6951 (survived), P-39F 41-7215 (survived), P-39F 41-7216 (survived) and P-39F pilot Love (KIA).
Three B-26s including B-26 40-1446 from the 22nd Bomb Group armed with either incendiary clusters or 100 pound bombs on a mission to bomb Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul but inbound to the target experienced bad weather and diverted to bomb the alternate target Gasmata. Without opposition, the bombers made a second pass to strafe the area and before midday returned to 7 Mile Drome.