October 5, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1942
(11th Air Force): Six B-24s, three P-38s
and three P-39s abort a bombing, weather, and photo mission over Kiska due
INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF): The 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment
Group (Heavy) returns to Karachi from Lydda, Palestine.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s attack
a convoy off Buna, lost is B-25D "Battlin' Biffie" 41-29701; A-20s hit AA positions at Sanananda Point and bomb the village of Sanananda;
B-17s bomb airfields at Buna. Six B-17s bomb Vunakanau Airfield and are intercepted by Zeros. Several are damaged. Lost is B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9196 (MIA).
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA: B-17F "Aztec's Curse" 41-24457 bombs Gizo on Ghizo Island.
USN: F4F Wildcat piloted by Lt. Cdr. H. G. Sanchez and F4F Wildcat Lt(jg) W. V. Roberts Jr. escorted SBD Dauntless dive bombers and TBD Devastators bomb Tonolei Harbor then fly 20 miles south to Faisi (Korovou) in the Shortlands where they strafed two lines of Type 97 / H6K5 Mavis flying boats moored in Tuha Channel. Sanchez estimated there were 10 and they probably destroyed 4. He noted they didn't burn so hadn't been refueled. The main strike of Avengers arrived less than an hour later and destroyed or damaged a number of ships in Shortland Harbor. This main strike was intercepted by up to eleven Type 2 floatplanes / A6M2 Rufes but either due to very bad weather (squalls) or good fortune very few were able to engage the carrier bombers and no planes were lost.
IJN: At Shortland Seaplane Base, strafing attacks result in the loss of three badly damaged Type 97 / H6K5 and a single Type 0 / E13A Jake destroyed.