November 10, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 1942
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Reconnaissance is flown over Attu, Semichi, Segula, Alaid,
and Kiska. Five B-24s and one B-17
bomb Kiska submarine base, but are unable to release all their bombs. Two P-38s and an OA-10 fly local air coverage.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, B-26s bomb AA
positions and supply dumps along the Sanananda-Soputa Trail. A-20s hit positions
at Soputa as Australian ground forces push the Japanese from Oivi toward the
mouth of the Kumusi River. The 30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment
Group (Heavy), begins a movement from Mareeba to the US (the squadron
will convert to B-29s and return to the Pacific in Jan 45). Lost is C-47 "Flying Dutchman" 41-18564 (seven die in the crash, seventeen survive with only six rescued).
RAAF: Lost on a training flight is DB-7 Boston A28-12 when it suddenly exploded mid-air over the shipwreck of SS Pruth.