May 28, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 28 MAY 1942
ALASKA (11th Air Force): A B-17 flies the first armed reconnaissance from the
secretly constructed airfield at Unmak, but
finds no sign of the enemy. XI Fighter Command elements are not deployed at
Unmak (P-40's and P-38's), Cold Bay (P-40's), Kodiak (P-39's), and Elmendorf
Field [P-38's and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Kittyhawks].
USA: Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson warns Americans along the
west coast to expect a Japanese attack as retaliation for the April 18, 1942 "Dollittle Raid" against Japan.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): B-26's attack Lae Airfield. Shot down is B-26 40-1467 (MIA). Meanwhile, at 7:50am fourteen Airacobras from the 36th FS and 35th FS took off from 7 Mile Drome to intercept twenty A6M2 Zeros over Port Moresby. Four aircraft were lost, but all pilots survived and later returned to duty: P-39D 41-6970 (survived), P-39F 41-7190 (survived), P-39F pilot Andres (survived) and P-39F 41-7126 (survived). During the air combat, the 36th FS pilots Connell, Egan, Erickson claimed 3 Zeros shot down. In fact, no Japanese planes were lost.
New Hebridies: U.S. forces arrive on Espiritu
Santo and begin development of the island into a major base area with airfields and Naval anchorage in the South Pacific.