July 27, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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MONDAY, 27 JULY 1942
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Major General Millard F.
Harmon arrives at Noumea to assume command of US Army
Forces in South Pacific Area (USAFISPA) with responsibility for training all
Army (air and ground) personnel. Air units in the theater are under operational
control of Commander Aircraft South Pacific Forces (COMAIRSOPAC).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th AF): B-26s and A-24s hit Gona and targets along the
Buna trail, suffer no losses, but cause no damage. 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th
Fighter Group moves from Woodstock to Garbutt with P-39s and
P-400s. Nine B-17s bomb Buna: B-17E 41-2435, B-17E 41-2460, B-17E 41-2536, B-17E 41-2650, B-17E 41-2657, B-17E "Frank Buck" 41-2659, B-17E 41-2662, B-17E 41-2668 and B-17E 41-9011.