September 4, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1942
ALASKA (11th Air Force): Two bombers escorted by a single P-38 bomb and patrol Nazan Bay off Atka and Kuluk
Bays. Bombing Kiska is cancelled due to weather.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): P-40s bomb and
strafe forces in the Milne Bay area at Goroni, Wagga Wagga, Ahioma, and N of Lilihoa. B-25s search for Japanese ships off Milne Bay. Lost are B-25C "The Queen" 41-12472 pilot Captain Gustave M. Heiss (MIA) and B-25C Mitchell 41-12480 pilot 1st Lt. Hubert J. Rapp (KIA).
Miline Bay: Australian ground forces pushing east along Milne
Bay and reach Goroni as the Japanese begin evacuation of the area.
IJN: Six G4M1 from the 4th Kokutai escorted by nine A6M2 Zeros from the 6th Kokutai took off form Rabaul on a mission against Rabi (Milne Bay) but abort due to bad weather.
Australian Army: The crash site of P-40E Kitthawk A29-92 is located and the remains of pilot S/L Peter Turnbull recovered.