Table 2 [44]
U.S.
Heavy Bomber Missions from Java, January – February 1942[45]

Date[46]

Force/Leader

Staging/[47] Target

Claims

Losses

1/3

9 B-17s/Maj. C. Combs

Samarinh[48]/ Davao Harbor

1 destroyer, sunk

none

1/8

9 B-17s/Maj. Combs

Kendai/Davao Harbor

"uncertain results"

none

1/11

7 B-17s/Maj. Combs

-/Tarakan

2 Japanese A/C downed

none

1/14

7 B-17s/Maj. Combs

Palembang ,Sumatra/Malasia

hits on A/Fs, downed 2 A/C

1 damaged beyond repair on landing

1/16

3 LB-30s, 2 B-17s/Maj. A. A. Straubel

Kendrai[49]/Manado Bay

2 LB-30s; 1 B-17

1/19

9 B-17s/Lt. John B. Connally

Del Monte [50]/Jolo

 

none

1/22-

2/3[51]

"at least 15 missions" involving 88 heavy bombers; 5 missions reported successes

targets included shipping in NEI and Philippines and A/F in Malasia

his on 2 transports, 2 other vessels

10 B-17s from enemy action and accidents

2/2 – 2/12

"foul weather and enemy interception thwarted all attempts to bomb"

 

2/9 – 2/18

16 missions involving 87 sorties; 51 sorties turned back mostly by weather

2/8

9 B-17s/Capt. J.L. DuFrame

Kendrai

5 Japanese A/C downed

6 B-17s shot down

2/12

3 "bombers"

"believed they hit a boat"

2/15

5 B-17s

hit on cruiser

 

2/16

hits, 2 transports

2/19

11 sorties by B-17s

Bali invasion fleet

3 hits on  cruiser, one on destroyer and transport, 2 A/C downed

none

2/21 – 2/28

11 missions, 31 sorties.  "could only be recorded as failures"

2/24

ships at Makassar

two ships "definitely sank"

 

2/28

6 B-17s, 1 LB-30

Java invasion fleet

one B-17 claimed 4 transports sunk, 2 possibles.  Two other B-17s claimed 1 transport sunk, 1 damaged

3/1

1 B-17

Java invasion fleet

2 hits on transports


[44] Information and quotes from Watson.

[45] Abbreviations:  A/C, aircraft; A/F airfields

[46] All dates 1942.

[47] All missions originated from Malang .

[48] Refueling B-17s at Samaringh exhausted supplies of 100 octane fuel at base.

[49] Japanese fighters attacked Kendrai during the mission and forced the AAF to abandon it.

[50] Del Monte, on Mindanao, was farther distant from Malang than the target Jolo.  The plan was to bomb Jolo on the way to and from Del Monte.  Bad weather prevented bombing Jolo on the return flight.  The 6 B-17s that made the complete flight evacuated 23 officers of the 19th Bomb Group that had been stranded at Del Monte.

[51] Entries in italics are summaries of several days' actions.