September 13, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 1942
ALASKA (11th Air Force): 14 B-24s of the 21st and 404th Bombardment Squadrons
move up to Adak. An LB-30 escorted by two P-38s fly a photo reconnaissance, antisubmarine
coverage and strafing mission over Kiska lakes and Kiska Harbor; a tender in the harbor is slightly damaged, 1 float fighter
is downed; a P-38 is hit by AA fire and fighters damage the LB-30.
GUADALCANAL: Marines repulse second major Japanese ground attack during the Battle of Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-26s pound Lae Airfield. Returning, B-26 "Kansas Comet II" 40-1433 (one KIA) crashed landing at Iron Range Airfield.
B-17s unsuccessfully attack a cruiser southeast of Rabaul. P-40s strafe buildings on Goodenough. During take off B-17F "Hoomalimali" 41-24391 explodes at Mareeba Airfield.