July 1, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY 1942
ALASKA (11th AF): The XI Bomber Command (Provisional) comprising the 28th Composite
Group and its assigned squadrons is activated, Colonel William O. Eareckson in
command. A B-17 flies weather reconnaissance over Kiska and returns early due to bad weather.
WESTERN US DEFENSE (4th AF): 4th Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Squadron, 18th Bombardment Squadron and 391st Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 34th Bombardment Group (Heavy) move from Davis-Monthan Field
to Geiger Field and continue flying ASW patrols with B-24s.
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) (10th AF): Four
B-25s from Hengyang escorted by P-40s bomb docks at Hankow, bad weather handicaps
the bombardiers, and the effects of the raid are inconsequential.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th AF): B-26's bomb Salamaua. Other medium and heavy bomber strikes abort due to bad weather. B-17E 41-9014 crashed killing three of the crew returning from a mission against Kendari Airfield.