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November 15, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): The 21st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group (under control of the 28th Composite Group), ceases operating from Adak and returns to base on Umnak with B-24s. The 406th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium) (attached to 28th Composite Group), arrives at Elmendorf Field from the US with A-29s and B-18s (the squadron has been operating from Alaska since June 42).

Guadalcanal: Rear Admiral Willis A Lee's force of two battleships USS Washington (BB-56) and USS South Dakota (BB-57) and three destroyers meets and turns back a larger Japanese force, sinking the Battleship Kirishima and a destroyer Ayanami. This ends the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (12-15 Nov) which involved squadrons of the 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), as well as the 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 70th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 339th Fighter Squadron and elements from the 39th Fighter Squadron.

IJN: The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal results in the loss of battleship Kirishima and a destroyer Ayanami. Meanwhile, the remaining second assault convoy four Japanese transports Kinugawa Maru, Hirokawa Maru, Yamazuki Maru, Yamaura Maru beach on Guadalcanal.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s strafe targets near Gona while B-25s and B-26s pound AA positions at Buna and Soputa as US and Australian ground forces prepare to move against the Buna-Gona beachhead. B-17s hit shipping at Rabaul. Force landing on the return is B-24D-1 "The Condor" 41-23718. Other B-24s bomb the Buin-Fasai area. Lost are B-24D "Lady Beverly" 41-23760. Also force landed is B-17E "Spawn of Hell" 41-2662, later repaired. Also lost is B-26B "Dixie Belle" 41-17558. The 435th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), begins a movement from Townsville to the U.S. (the squadron will re-equip with B-29s and return to the Pacific in Aug 1945).

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