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WWII AAF Operations ~ Jun 1942

WWII AAF Operations ~ Jun 1942

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WAR DEPARTMENT
WAR DEPARTMENT GENERAL STAFF
OPERATIONS DIVISION
WASHINGTON
8 June 1942, 5:00
P.M.
To:
Secretary of WarChief
of
StaffDeputy Chief
of
Commanding GenenIN TURN
BY
COMMISSIONEDArmy Air ForcesMESSENGERCommanding General^Services
of
SupplyAssistant Chief.of Sta?f,G-2 (Return
to
OPD)
)
SECTION
I.
MESSAGES RECEIVED AND ACTION TAKEN1.From Emmons
r
: Summary
of
Midway action since last report: B-17
f
ssank
1
cruiser; Navy reports
1
battleship destroyed,
1
destroyer sunk and others damaged,
3
heavy cruisers
hit,
fourth carrier believed sunk. Emmons considersrenewal
of
attack on Midway is
a
possibility.
2.
From
Emmons:
Operations report
to
1800 HWT, June
<
8.
(?): SixteenB-17
!
s are still
on
search mission;
no
further news
of
enemy task force.3.From Emmons:Requests authority to send
a
pursuit squadron to Midwayto replace Marine losses.Action:Authorized temporary basing
on
Midway
of
one full-strengthpursuit squadron
or
equivalent until relieved
by
Navy
or
Marine units.From DeWitt:Believes Japs will make early attempt to gain
a
footholdin Aleutians. Requests Inf., FA, and
AA
reinforcementof Alaskan garrisons.5.From DeWitt:Reports end
of
special alert status of Western DefenseCommand within the continental limits
of
the U.S.,effective
6 AM
today; normal alert continues.6.From Castner
(Alaska):
U.S. planes fired
ona
Russian ship near Unimak
pass.
Action:Asked DeWitt for further details."
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-
J
y
/st>
 
7.
From MacArthur:Action:8. From MacArthur;9»From Patch;
10.
From Stilwell;Recommends that one division trained and equipped foramphibious operations, and a task force, including twocarriers, be made immediately available to enable himto take advantage of the Japanese setback and capturethe New Britain - New Ireland area.Conferring with Navy.Operations report for June 7. Gives details of midgetsubmarines.Reports bombing of Dilli and Atamboea(in
Timor).
Withdraws request for Engineer regiment, General Service,since only colored units are available.Reliable Chinese sources report
4/.,000
tons of arsenalmaterials captured by Japanese in Northeast Burma.,SECTION II. OTHER ACTION TAKEN1* Asked MacArthur for recommendation as to the desirability of immediateassignment and shipment to the Australians of 90 to 150 Marmon-IIerrington
3-man
tanks turned back by the Dutch.
2.
Reminded MacArthur that regardless of technical instructions issued to him,toxic chemicals will not be used without specific authority of the Secretaryof War.3.Directed SOS to prepare 2 MP Bns. for movement to Australia as soon aspracticable after July 1. (3 more bns. remain to be shipped, possibly in
August).
/+.
Informed Stilwell that War Dept. will take no action on the propositionto turn over to the British the Chinese lend-lease material in Indiaunless he is properly warned.5.Extended thanks, through Stilwell, to Generalissimo, Madame, and othersfor their assistance and kindness to members of Tokio bombing mission.6.Notified Stilwell that pending legislation will permit award of suitabledecorations to cobelligerents.
7.
Asked Bonesteel if he wants the 605th Tank Destroyer Bn. of the 5th Div.- 2
 
8.Informed Bonesteel that while Chaney can provide a temporary garrisonfor Hofn, he recommends that Eonesteel furnish it. During the construction period it should consist of one Bofors battery, Chaneyfurther suggests that the permanent garrison from the U. S. should arrivenot later than September. Requested Bonestee^s comments.9.Suggested to Chaney that because of the transportation situation theselection of 35 officers for the course at the beach organization schoolbe made by him; replacements will be furnished from U.S. when theseinstructors return.SECTION III. FLANSNo approved action by JCS or CCS.
IOT3?T
D.
'EISENHOTTER,
Major General,Assistant Chief of Staff.
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