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June 9, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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ALASKA (11th Air Force): Patrols are flown but encounter no aircraft.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): Brigadier General Howard C Davidson, Commanding General VII Fighter Command, also becomes Commanding General 7th Air Force.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s, B-25s, and B-26s attack Lae and Salamaua. Lost are B-26 "The Virginian" 40-1508 (MIA) and P-400 piloted by Wahl (survived). On the return to base, B-26 "Southern Cross" 40-1363 force lands at 7-Mile Drome, its crew safe and is later repaired. Future U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a passenger aboard B-26 40-1588 that aborted the mission he was awarded the Silver Star for his role on this mission. Shot down is A6M2 Zero pilot Yoshino. Also, lost on a ferry flight is B-17E 41-2667.

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