June 7, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 7 JUNE 1942
AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (11th Air Force): Japanese Army soldiers land on 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: LB-30 AL589, LB-30 AL611, LB-30 AL617, LB-30 AL626 took ooff from from Midway on a predawn attack against the retreating Japanese fleet off Wake. Lost is LB-30 AL589 (MIA) piloted by Major General Clarence L. Tinker, Commanding Officer (C. O.) 7th Air Force.
MIDWAY: The Battle of Midway ends. 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 150 aircraft, 307 men. Damaged USS Yorktown (CV-5) sinks at 7:01am.
5th AF: Ditched is P-40E 41-5543 (survived).