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September 19, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) (Tenth Air Force): In China, B-25s strike Lungling; the raid is ineffective due to bad weather but results in the discovery of much Japanese activity which further reconnaissance reveals as part of a heavy movement of enemy and supplies along the Burma Road toward the Salween front.

USN: Commander Patrol Wing 1 (PatWing-1) departs Kaneohe bound for the South Pacific to direct the operations of patrol squadrons already in the area. Headquarters were first established at Noumea and subsequently at Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, and Munda.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s and B-26s strafe and bomb the airfield at Lae; and the 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group moves from Batchelor to 14 Mile Drome with P-40s. B-17s attack cargo vessels near Umboi Island (Rooke) between New Guinea and New Britain. A whaling vessel is strafed by fighters off Goodenough.

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