October 12, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1942
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s abort bombing of Kiska due to overcast
and instead fly shipping search west of Attu.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Five B-17s bomb installations at Buka.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Two A-20s from the 3rd BG, 89th BS hit Isivita dropping fragmentation bombs from 2,000'. They drop 8 x 20 lb frags and fire 400 x .50 caliber and 500 x .30 caliber rounds. B-25s bomb Buna, Wairopi bridge,
and targets along the Buna-Kokoda Trail. The 64th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at Fenton from Iron Range with B-17s.
RAAF: Wirraway A20-51 is lost on a strike to Buna before reaching the target.
USN: Battle of Cape Esperance (Second Battle of Savo Island) in the early morning, sunk is USS Duncan (DD-485).
IJN: Battle of Cape Esperance (Second Battle of Savo Island) at 2:28am heavily damaged Heavy Cruiser Furutaka sinks from a torpedo hit and the rougly 90 shell hits. Murakumo is sunk off Guadalcanal by U.S. planes.