April 11, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 11 APRIL 1943
AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Four B-25's,
twenty-two P-40's, and eight P-38's hit Kiska five times. The last mission aborts due to weather.
The other four missions bomb various targets starting large fires. Some fighters
strafe Little Kiska.
SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-38's and Navy
fighters strafe gun positions in the Rekata
Bay area. B-17's
bomb Kahili Airfield and Ballale Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's
bomb Lae and Finschhafen. Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen 3 times and hit Madang once. In Timor,
B-25's hit Vila Salazar and another village. Lost returning from a mission to Wau is P-39 piloted by Cohen.
Operation I-GO: Japanese aircraft including 22 x D3A Vals (8 x D3A Vals from Hiyo and 14 x D3A Vals from Zuikaku, one aborted inbound to the target) armed with only 60kg wing bombs escorted by 72 A6M Zeros took off from Rabaul on a mission to attack shipping at Oro Bay. Inbound to the target, D3A Val piloted by Takahashi (C.O.) aborted the mission, landing at Gasmata Airfield. Arriving over Oro Bay, the dive bombers claim two merchant
vessels destroyed. In fact, they damaged HMS Hanyang, MV Noora (S-136) and HMAS Pirie (J189).