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October 16, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1942

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.



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