September 27, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 1942
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Shore and harbor areas of Kiska are bombed. 8
B-24s and 1 B-17, escorted by 1 P-38, 13 P-39s and 4 P-40s take off first, and
are followed by 6 unescorted B-24s; weather turns back 13 of the fighters. A
LB-30 flies photo-weather reconnaissance over Attu, Buldir, Semichi, Agattu,
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) (Tenth Air Force): 4 B-25s over SW China blast Mengshih, claiming about 30 trucks
and 400 troops destroyed; The B-25s also bomb Tengchung, leaving it aflame;
3 flights of P-40s strafe targets of opportunity along the Burma Road, claiming
15 trucks destroyed and 5 barracks groups damaged.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s continue
to pound forces north of Ioribaiwa in the area between Kagi and Efogi and the Myola and Menari areas; the Japanese abandon Ioribaiwa Ridge and are in full
retreat under heavy pressure from Australian ground forces.
USCG: Landing craft transport U.S. Marines to a landing at Kokumbona west of Point Cruz on Guadalcanal to expand the perimeter. Defending the Marines as they landed, boat group leader U.S. Coast Guardsman Sig 1c Douglas A. Munro was Killed In Action (KIA) and earned the Medal of Honor, posthumously. He was the only member of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to earn the Medal of Honor.
Companies A, B and D of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines land at Kokumbona west of Point Cruz on Guadalcanal to expand the perimeter.