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February 16, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
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ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Weather reconnaissance aircraft flies over Kiska, Attu, Agattu, Semicis and Buldir. Five B-24s, 6 B-25s, 6 P-38s and 1 B-25 photographic aircraft take off for Kiska but do not attack due to weather. One P-40, accompanying several P-38s on the Amchitka fighter patrol, lands on Amchitka Airfield; an afternoon patrol of 7 P-40s and 1 transport also land at Amchitka Airfield which is now safe for limited operations.

CBI (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 18 P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Nsopzup and Hpunkizup areas.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Rear Admiral Charles P Mason becomes Commander Aircraft Solomon (COMAIRSOLS) with operational control of all Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), USAAF, USMC and USN aircraft in the Solomon Islands. Lost returning from a bombing mission in bad weather in the early morning is B-24D 41-23870 (1 MIA, 8 rescued) and B-24D "Bundles For Japan" 41-23969 (2 KIA, 7 rescued).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17s bomb a warehouse at Ubili. B-25s bomb Malahang Airfield and strafe targets of opportunity on the peninsula of Salamaua.

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