August 8, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 8 AUGUST 1943
SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): On Kolombangara 23 B-25's, with P-38's, P-39's, and US
Navy F4U's as cover, bomb Vila and Buki Harbor. The 72d Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), which has been operating from Guadalcanal
with B-17's since October 1942, ceases combat operations and regroups at it's
base on Espiritu Santo. The squadron will transition to B-24D's and re-enter
combat in Oct 43.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-24's
attack Larat, shipping at Semboh, and barges at Kokas. Lost is B-24D "Big Emma" 41-23751 (KIA). The 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, based at Amberley Field begins operating from Port Moresby with P-38's. The squadron will fly it's first
mission on Thursday, August 12, 1943.
USN: PT-113 ran aground and was abandoned on Veale Reef near Tufi.