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June 7, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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-30 Liberators including LB-30 AL589, LB-30 AL611, LB-30 AL617, LB-30 AL626 take off from from Midway on a predawn attack against the retreating Japanese fleet off Wake. Returning from the mission, lost is LB-30 AL589 (MIA) pilot by Major General Clarence L. Tinker, Commanding Officer (C. O.) 7th Air Force.

MIDWAY: The Battle of Midway ends. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) 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 (survived).



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