August 12, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 12 AUGUST 1942
ALASKA (11th AF): A single B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over Amlia and Atka.
SWPA (5th AF): B-17s bomb shipping Simpson Harbor claiming hits damaging three vessels. Five Allied transport aircraft tasked with dropping supplies to Allied troops at Kagi, Kokoda and Wau.
71st Bombardment Squadron
(Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Batchelor Field to Breddan Field with B-25s; first mission is 15
USAAF: Damaged while taxiing at Hickam Field is B-26B "Irene" 41-17564 (damaged, used for parts)
SOPAC: Americans expland bases in New Hebrides to support Guadalcanal.
USMC: The "Goettge Patrol" of 25 Marines led by Colonel Frank B. Goettge, 1st Marine Division intelligence move west of the Matanikau River where they were ambushed and remain listed as Missing In Action.