September 7, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 1942
ALASKA (11th Air Force): Three B-24s patrol and bomb Kiska Harbor and camp area and also patrol Tanaga; they are attacked by three sea fighters
of which at least one is downed.
USN: Air Transport Squadron 2 based at Alameda established a detachment
at Pearl Harbor and began a survey flight to the South Pacific as a preliminary
effort to establish flight routes from San Francisco to Brisbane.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): A-20s and P-400s
bomb and strafe positions at Myola Lake and Efogi. P-40s and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hudsons, Beauforts, and Beaufighters
attack a cruiser and destroyer 17 miles ENE of Cape Karitahua; organized
Japanese resistance in the Milne
Bay sector ends, with the last Japanese bombardment of Milne Bay.
IJN: 27 G4M1 Bettys depart Rabaul to attack Port Moresby covered by 24 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai, 2nd Kokutai and 6th Kokutai. Over the target they meet Allied fighters. Returning, G4M1 Betty PO/1 Kinnosuke Ogawa from the Kisarazu Kokutai was badly damaged and crash landed on a beach with the crew returned to Japanese control.