September 22, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 1942
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Nine B-24s, two B-17s, and a single LB-30, accompanied by
fifteen P-39s and twenty P-40s, abort a Kiska bombing mission due to weather;
photo reconnaissance suggests that Chichagof Harbor on Attu is abandoned.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s bomb and
strafe occupied areas at Menari, Efogi, Nauro, Yodda, and Kokoda; P-40s strafe
AA positions, huts, and barges at Buna and Salamaua and bomb and strafe Wairopi bridge, strafe buildings at Yodda, Buna Airfield, and AA positions and
other targets along the trail from Buna-Kokoda; One B-25 bombs the north end of Buna Airfield and the coastal end of Sanananda
Track. B-17s bomb Lakunai Airfield and shipping
off Rabaul. A week after it landed on the beach, B-17E "Frank Buck" 41-2659 took off from an improvised runway on Hood Point.