October 13, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1942
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A search mission is not completed due to weather.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Six B-17s bomb Buka and Tonolai. Japanese aircraft from Rabaul pound Henderson Field during the day and
hit troops from the U.S. Army Americal Division disembarking at Lunga Point; Japanese artillery also
begins shelling Henderson Field. Lost in an aerial collision is B-26B Maruder 41-17590 and P-39D Airacobra 41-7043. During the Japanese bombardment of Henderson
Field damaged and written off is B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24528.
IJN: Overnight, Japanese warships including battleships Kongō and Haruna escorted by Isuzu and destroyers reach Guadalcanal to conduct a night bombardment against Henderson
Field in the early morning hours of October 14, 1942.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-17s bomb Vunakanau Airfield and Lakunai Airfield.
A B-17 bombs Buna. A pair of B-25s search for Japanese warships off Goodenough, but fail to locate them. Instead they hit the Japanese landing party at Waytutu Point. On the return flight, lost is B-25C Mitchell 41-12501. The 6th Troop Carrier Squadron, 63d Troop
Carrier Group, arrives at Port Moresby from the US with C-47s. The 65th Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Torrens Creek to Iron Range with B-17s.
U.S. Army: 64th Infantry Regiment, Americal Division arrives at Lunga Point on Guadalcanal to reinforce
1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV).