October 6, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1942
AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-24s, one B-17,
ten P-39s, and eight P-38s fly bombing and weather missions over Kiska; a large
transport is bombed in the harbor which is left sinking; hits are scored on a
corvette and on a large freighter at Gertrude Cove and on a hangar in Main Camp;
the radio station is damaged; a float fighter is strafed and set afire, and 6
Zekes are hit on the water.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): C-47 Skytrains from the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron (21st TCS) and 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron (22nd TCS) complete the air lift of the reinforced Australian Army 18 Brigade to Wanigela Airfield; this is part of the move aimed at capture of the Buna-Gona area.