5 Oct 1942
  • USS Hornet launched an attack on Bougainville, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Hornet (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
  • George Kenney ordered Kenneth Walker to stop personally participating on missions. This order would be disobeyed. ww2dbase [George Kenney | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 6 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of US 30th Bomb Squadron from Port Moresby, Australian Papua attacked Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. Simultaneously, 8 B-17 bombers of 28th Bomb Squadron attacked nearby Lakunai airfield. The attacks caused very minor damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo sighted a Japanese carrier and mis-identified her to be Ryujo. Lieutenant Commander Marvin Kennedy took a conservative attack approach that ultimately failed to intercept the carrier. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
  • USS S-44 suffered leaks from damage sustained; her crew attempted repairs while escaping an attack by Japanese destroyers. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
  • The Soviet STAVKA arrested Major General Ivan Rukhle, recent deputy chief of the headquarters of the Stalingrad Front, and falsely charged him with treason. Rukhle would be kept at the Lubyanka prison near Moscow, Russia until 1952. ww2dbase [Lubyanka Building | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Oct 1942
B-17F Fortress “The Aztec’s Curse” of the 26th Bomb Squadron returning from an attack on Ghizo Island in the Solomons flying over Rendova Island, Oct 5 1942.Drayton

5 Oct 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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