September 15, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1942
ALASKA (11th Air Force): One B-17 and one B-24 fly armed reconnaissance over Kiska and at Amchitka blast buildings in the Constantine Harbor area;
fighters strafe Kiska Camp area and down 4 intercepting aircraft.
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) (10th Air Force): 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), HQ Squadron, 490th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) and 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium) are activated at Karachi with B-25s; also assigned are the 11th and 22d Bombardment Squadrons (Medium)
at Kunming and Karachi respectively with B-25s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-25s hit Buna and Sanananda and attack
camps at Efogi and Myola; and the first US Army infantry, elements of the
32nd Infantry Division, arrive at Port
Moresby. B-17s bomb Simpson Harbor and airfield at Rabaul. Force landed is B-17E "Frank Buck" 41-2659, but it is later repaired and returns to service. Lost is B-17F 41-24427 (MIA). The 19th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 22d Bombardment Group
(Medium), moves from Woodstock to Iron Range with B-26s.
IJN: Japanese submarine I-19 fires a spread of six torpedoes at USS Wasp (CV-7) with two or three hitting, another hits USS North Carolina (BB-55) causing damage and another hit USS O'Brien (DD-415).
USN: A Task Force including USS Hornet (CV-8) and USS Wasp (CV-7) plus ten warships were escorting a convoy with the U.S. Marine Corps 7th Marine Regiment bound for Guadalcanal was targeted by Japanese submarine I-19 that fired a spread of six torpedoes. USS Wasp (CV-7) was hit by two or three torpedoes and sank. Another torpedo hit USS North Carolina (BB-55) causing damage. Another torpedo hit USS O'Brien (DD-415) causing structural damage.