August 13, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 13 AUGUST 1942
ALASKA (11th AF): A single B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over Kiska.
SWPA (5th AF): A Japanese convoy bound for Basabua with 3,000 construction troops, is attacked first by B-17 Flying Fortresses 76 miles northeast of Gona, followed by B-26 Marauders 20-25 miles north of Gona and another B-17 attack
as the convoy approaches landing position. Lost are B-26 40-1492 (crew WIA, one MIA). Also lost is F-4 Lightning 41-2125 pilot 1st Lt. Paul O. Staller (WIA, died).
IJA: At 9:50am the Japanese Army begins attacking Deniki by opening fire to discern the Australian positions then attacked up the trail for the entire day and continued with probing attacks into the night.
Australian Army: Defending Deniki, the Australians are dug into fox holes including Bidstrup's company in the right forward position. Jacob's company at center front and Merritt's company to the left under the commanded by Major Alan Cameron.