November 22, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 1942
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 flies reconnaissance
over Kiska, Attu,
and Agattu; bombers and fighters
are alerted for a 23 Nov mission to find and destroy a reported five vessel convoy.
(CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force): INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):
Six B-24s inflict heavy damage on the railroad center at Mandalay.
(POA, Seventh Air Force): The critical lack of aircraft repair and maintenance
facilities is alleviated somewhat by the arrival of the 13th Air Depot and the
6th and 29th Service Groups; the units are based on New Caledonia and Espiritu
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): HQ 4th Photographic Group
arrives on New Caledonia from the US.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s pound
trails around Sanananda while B-26s hit the Buna area; B-17s and B-25s hit Lae Airfield and barges between Lae and Salamaua,
and attack warships 68 miles southwest of Arawe and elsewhere
in the Solomon Sea. Lost are P-40E Warhawk 41-36089 (survived), P-40E Warhawk 41-5613 (MIA), P-40E Warhawk 41-5610 (survived), P-400 Airacobra BW105 (MIA) and B-17E 41-2536 (MIA).
RAAF: Beaufighters from No. 30 Squadron strike Lae Airfield. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire are Beaufighter A19-5 and Beaufighter A19-36 but both return safely.