August 29, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 29 AUGUST 1942
ALASKA (11th AF): A USN PBY reports a force of three cruisers and four destroyers
northwest of Umnak. All available aircraft from the 11th Air Force go on attack alert until the surface
force identifies itself as friendly.
CBI (CATF): B-25s pound Lashio, scoring numerous hits on Lashio Airfield and starting three large fires in the warehouse area southeast of Lashio.
SWPA (5th AF): B-26s and P-400s hit Buna Airfield; P-40s hit facilities in the Milne
Bay area as enemy ground forces continue their drive over the Owen Stanley
Range toward Port Moresby. B-17s pound Lakunai Airfield. A C5M Babs piloted by Shigetoshi Kudo chased eight B-17s, flying up to 7,500m then dropped an aerial burst bomb to break up the formation. He aimed for the B-17s on the left of the formation and claimed the no. 1 plane was hit and went into clouds, so he claimed an unconfirmed. He claimed the no. 2 caught on fire and also went down. In fact, none were lost.
HMAS Arunta drops depth charges on an enemy submarine sinking Japanese submarine RO-33.