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September 11, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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ALASKA (11th Air Force): A weather, photo, and patrol aircraft draws AA fire over Chichagof Harbor on Attu and also covers Tanaga, Amchitka, and Semichi. HQ 343d Fighter Group is actived at Elmendorf Field.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Combat control groups are authorized for New Caledonia and Fiji; these units, under immediate control of the Commanding General of US Army Forces in the South Pacific (COMGENSOPAC), are to take over local operational direction of fighter aircraft and all other units in the combat team. Lost after an escort mission against Guadalcanal is A6M2 pilot Murakami.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-26s hit Efogi and Menari in the Owen Stanley Range. 3rd BG A-20s strafe Buna Airfield. Ditched is A-20A "The Comet" 40-167 and A-20A "Little Ruby" 40-3145. B-17s, along with RAAF Hudsons, attack two destroyers 20 miles east of Normanby. A B-17 scores a direct hit on the stern of Yayoi which later sinks. Lost is P-40E 41-24874 (MIA).

IJN: Yayoi is bombed by B-17 Flying Fortress roughly 20 miles east of Normanby Island that score a direct hit near the stern and near misses that sink the destroyer.

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