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December 10, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
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Wednesday, December 10, 1941
FEAF: B-17's, P-40's, and P-35's attack a convoy landing troops and equipment at Vigan and at Aparri. One transport at Vigan is claimed as destroyed. The strikes include the much publicized attack by B-17C 40-2045 piloted by Captain Colin P Kelly Jr. against a warship off Aparri. Captain Kelly was killed when intercepted by A6M2 Zeros returning to Clark Field. Kelly was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for destroying a battleship. In fact, he bombed heavy cruiser ASHIGARA only scoring only near misses.

USN: Aircraft from USS Enterprise attack and sink Japanese submarine I-70 north of Hawaii. This was one of the submarines used to scout the Hawaii area in connection with the surpirse attack against Pearl Harbor and was the first Japanese combatant ship sunk by United States Navy aircraft during World War II.

IJN: Japanese forces land on Guam. Off Malaya, HMS Prince of Wales (53) and HMS Repulse are sunk by G3M2 Nell and G4M1 Betty bombers. In the Philippines, Japanese aircraft bomb Cavite.

IJA: Japanese Army troops make amphibious landings at Vigan, Aparri and Gonzaga on northern Luzon in the Philippines.

RAAF: Crashed after take off is Hudson A16-69 (MIA).

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