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November 18, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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WEDNESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 1942

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): An armed reconnaissance is flown over Kiska and Attu, no bombs are dropped.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s bomb Lae Airfield and Salamaua Airfield; B-17s attack warships 50 miles southwest of Gasmata located off the southern coast of New Britain, 17 miles north of Buna, and between Gona and Cape Ward Hunt; B-26s bomb and strafe the area between Cape Endaiadere and Buna. The 28th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), begins a movement from Mareeba to the US (squadron will return to Guam in Jan 45 with B-29s).

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Ditched is B-17F 41-24531 pilot Major Allan J. Sewart (MIA).

USA: Missing on a training fight is AT-7 Navigator 41-21079 pilot 2nd Lt. William R. Gamber (MIA) crashed above Mendel Glacier in California.



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