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October 20, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s take off for Kiska but return due to weather; reconnaissance is flown to 70 miles east of Attu; a negative search is made for a missing C-53. The detachment of the 56th Fighter Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, moves from Nome to Elmendorf Field with P-39s (the squadron is based at Harding Field, Louisiana).

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA: The 19th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group moves from Kualoa Field to Bellows Field with P-40s.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Admiral William F. Halsey orders the U.S. Army 147th Infantry Regiment to Guadalcanal and orders the construction of a new bomber strip to be located inland from Koli Point that becomes Carney Field (Bomber 2).


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