Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
October 16, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 1 B-17, 6 B-26s, and 4 P-38s bomb Kiska and low level bomb and claim two destroyers, Oboro is sunk and Hatsuharu heavily damaged. B-26 Marauder 40-1478 is shot down. Duds hit Nozama Maru beached at Trout Lagoon.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): U.S. Navy Naval Construction Battalion "Seabees" on Guadalcanal repair the Henderson Field runways enough for use by fighter planes. US MarineCorps (USMC) fighters and AAF P-400s and P-39s continue to strike the Japanese reinforcements that landed between Kokumbona to Doma only 8 miles away. Meanwhile, the Japanese continue to bombard Henderson Field with artillery and air raids.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s and B-25s hit the village of Pawaia, the Kokoda Trail area, and villages on the Mambare River and at the mouth of the Mambare River. B-25s also bomb the Mubo-Salamaua trail. B-17s bomb the airfield at Rabaul and attack Buin Airfield, and shipping off Moila Point and the Shortland Islands. Lost is C-47 "Maxine" 41-18585 (KIA) droping cargo on the Kokoda Trail.

IJN: Nine D3A Vals attack tanker off Guadalcanal and destroyer. One is shot down by a Grumman, two lost over the target and a third D3A1 Val 3122 (MIA). Overnight, damaged Azumasan Maru sinks.

USN: Task Group 17 (TG-17) carrier planes from USS Hornet strike the Buin-Tonolei-Faisi area.

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram