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November 1, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF): During November 1942, the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Tenth Air Force, based at Karachi with F-4s, sends a flight to operate from Kunming until July 1943 (first mission is 1 Dec).

(POA, Seventh Air Force): HQ 307th Bombardment Group arrives at Hickam Field from the United States.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): The 431st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Viti Levu, Fiji to Espiritu Santo with B-17s. During Nov, the 98th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based on Espiritu Santo, begins operating from Guadalcanal with B-17s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s bomb Lae Airfield and dump area at Lae. B-17s strike shipping in the Buin-Faisi, Shortland-Tonolai. Kahili Airfield is also attacked. Lost is B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2635 (MIA). Also, A-20s escorted by P-40s attack Lae. Lost is P-40E 41-36173 (MIA). Airacobras from the 41st Fighter Squadron (41st FS) take off on a mission to escort three C-47s bound for Pongani. Returning, the fighters encounter bad weather and two are lost: P-400 Airacobra AP367 pilot 1st Lt. Thomas S. Ingram (MIA) and P-400 Airacobra AP266 pilot 2nd Lt. Joel Dean Zabel (MIA). Force landed is A-20A "Little Hellion" 40-166 at 7-Mile Drome. A detachment of the 33d Troop Carrier Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Group, begins operating from Cairns with C-47s (squadron is enroute to Australia from the US).

IJN: Imperial Japanese Navy Air Group Kōkūtai (Air Group) are redesignated with three digit codes based on their role.

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