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June 19, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (11th Air Force): B-24s taking off to bomb Kiska aborts due to fog. One B-24 ditches into the sea with two crew members lost. A B-17 is dispatched to attack a reported submarine but makes no contact.

IJN: Hit agan, Nissan Maru is bombed and sinks in Kiska Harbor.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s pound shipping and Vunakanau Airfield.

USN: Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley assumes command of South Pacific Area (SOPAC) and South Pacific Forces. Commissioned is USS Amberjack (SS-219).



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