December 23, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 23 DECEMBER 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) A-20s strafe troops near Gona and at Woiba Islands while B-24s attack a cargo
ship at Arawe. In the Bismarck
Archipelago, B-25s bomb Cape
Gloucester Airfield and attack a ship at Pilelo
Island. B-24s carry out single-bomber attacks on a transport west southwest
of Cape Orford, a vessel northwest of Lorengau and the Cape
SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Army Forces in South Pacific Area): Airacobras escort B-17s to New Georiga. Lost is P-39D 41-38395 (MIA).
USMC: Force landed is F4F Wildcat 03534 (survived).