August 1, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 1 AUGUST 1942
ALASKA (11th Air Force): Weather and photo reconnaissance is flown by one B-24
and one LB-30 over Korovin Bay and North Cape in the Aleutians.
USCG: J4F Widgeon piloted by Ensign Henry C. White of Coast Guard Squadron 212,
based at Houma, Louisiana scored the first U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) kill of an enemy submarine
sinking U-166 off the passes of the Mississippi River.
WESTERN DEFENSE COMMAND (WDC, 4th Air Force): During Aug, 47th Bombardment
Squadron and 396th Bombardment
Squadron (Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium), stop flying ASW patrols
from Hammer Field, California and MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina respectively.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): During August 1942, forward echelon
of 26th Bombardment Squadron and 431st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy) begin operating from Bomber 1 with B-17s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17s attack installations
at Gona and shipping 75 miles east of Salamaua in Huon Gulf. HQ 43d Bombardment
Group moves from Sydney to Torrens Creek.