November 2, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 1942
(POA, Seventh Air Force): The 370th Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 371st Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 372d Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy) and 424th Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive at Kipapa Field, Wheeler Field, Kahuku and Mokuleia respectively from the US with B-24s and fly sea-search
missions off Hawaii until December 1942.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): The 68th Fighter Squadron,
347th Fighter Group arrives on New Caledonia from Tongatabu with P-40s (first mission
is November 12, 1942).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-26s bomb Dili. B-17s attack shipping NE of Buna while B-25s strike at a convoy S of New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago.
Australian ground forces seize Kokoda and Kokoda Airfield after long days of fighting; this will greatly facilitate
supply and reinforcement of troops in this area as they push over the mountains
toward the Buna-Gona area. Lost are P-40E Warhawk 41-5313 (ditched, survived) and B-26 Marauder 40-1493 (force landed, survived).