The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a massive
strike with an extremely large force of bombers which raided
Russian Front. The Wehrmacht launched an attack on Sevastopoi.
In the Mediterranean. Night raid by the British Royal Air
Force (RAF) bombers on the harbour of Naples.
In China. The Japanese captured Foochow.
In Australasia. Announced that six Japanese submarines had
been sunk in five days.
Thirty Czechs executed.
Eighth Air Force. VIII A fighter-bomber C, activated in United
States on 28
, is redesignated VIII Air Force Services
Command (AFSC). Col Harold A McGinnis assumes command .
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit wharves, warehouse, and
coal jetty at Rabaul.
Seventh Air Force. Battle of Midway continues with Japanese
fleet retiring westward. In the morning 8 B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers hit force 130 miles from Midway, claiming hits
on 2 large warships. During afternoon 6 B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers claim hits on heavy cruiser 300 miles from Midway.
The last strike by Seventh Air Force aircraft in the Battle
of Midway is by 5 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers which
bomb a heavy cruiser 425 miles from Midway. 1 B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers is shot down and another lost due to
fuel shortage. The battle ends with Midway's installations
heavily damaged by bombs but still in United States hands
and with landing strips still intact. During the fighting
-5 June 1942
Seventh Air Force aircraft carried out 16 B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers attacks (55 sorties) and 1 torpedo attack by
4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers, claiming 22 hits on ships
and 10 fighters shot down. 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
and 2 B-26 Marauder medium bombers were lost. One of the decisive
battles of naval history, Midway will cost Japan the initiative
and will be a turning point in the Pacific war.
Eleventh Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers, 10 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers and 2 LB-30 bombers search and attack sorties are
flown against the carrier force, the B-26 Marauder medium
bombers splitting into 3 missions, the B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers into 2. No contact is made. The B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers using radar bomb targets which look
like ships, but later turn out to be the Pribilof Islands.
The 54th Fighter Squadron begins moving into Umnak.
Zone of Interior. Aircraft and pilots of 1st Pursuit Squadron,
then at Dow Field for movement to United Kingdom, fly to Morris
Field, en route to West coast for defence against attack.
Commissioned 5 June 1942
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