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December 1942
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SUNDAY, 27 DECEMBER 1942

(Eleventh Air Force) Two B-24s flying reconnaissance over Kiska and Amchitka abort in bad weather.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17s pound shipping at Rabaul. In New Guinea, B-26s hit targets in the Gona area while a single B-24 hit the runway at Finschhafen Airfield. In their first significant action in the Pacific, a dozen P-38s of the 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group engage some 24 Japanese aircraft, claiming nine Zekes and two Vals shot down. During the combat, one P-38 was damaged. The formation was led Captain Tommy Lynch, 2nd Lt. RIchard Bong, 2nd Lt. Ken Sparks, 2nd Lt. John Mangas and 1st Lt. Carl G. Planck, Jr.  This was the first aerial combat by the P-38 Lightning in the South West Pacific. Seven enemy planes were immediately shot down.  Two other four-plane flights of P-38 Lightnings from the 39th Fighter Squadron joined the melee thereafter claiming another six shot down. Richard I. Bong claims his first two victories a D3A Val and A6M Zeke. 2nd Lt. John Mangas claimed one shot down. Damaged during landing is P-38F piloted by Sparks (survived).

MONDAY, 28 DECEMBER 1942

In the Aleutians, icing conditions and low visibility prevent all flying. HQ 93d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group is established at Pocatello, Idaho. This squadron was at Clark Field, Luzon, Philippine Islands on 7 Dec 41, and after being decimated in continuous fighting in the Southwest Pacific, the unit is transferred without personnel and equipment to the US. The squadron will be a replacement training unit until Apr 44 when it is re-equipped with B-29s and returns to Guam in Jan 45.

CBI (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, China Air Task Force B-25s, with fighter support, hit Magwe.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Army Forces in South Pacific Area) A pair of 70th FS P-39s on a reconassiance mission over Munda encounter two Nells escorted by nine Zeros. They attack, Lt Rex Barber shoots down a G3M2 Nell off Munda Point. Lost is B-17 piloted by Harp.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24 bomb Rabaul and Gasmata. B-24s bomb Lae. HQ, 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group with C-47s moves from Australia to Port Moresby.

TUESDAY, 29 DECEMBER 1942

CBI (Tenth Air Force) Twelve B-24s attack shipping in the vicinity of Rangoon.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Army Forces in South Pacific Area) Six P-39s and USMC aircraft attack cargo vessels in the New Georgia group. Two vessels are sunk by the P-39s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, A-20s strafe forces and occupied areas at Lokanu and along the west bank of the Amboga River while B-24s carry out single-bomber attacks on the Lae Airfield. In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s also carry out single-bomber attacks on Gasmata Airfield.

USMC: PB4Y-1 31940 took off on a mission to photograph Munda Airfield at Munda Point and is damaged by Zeros.

WEDNESDAY, 30 DECEMBER 1942

THURSDAY, 31 DECEMBER 1942



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