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December 10, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
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Wednesday, 10 December 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 Japanese Battleship Haruna (actually heavy cruiser Ashigara) and bombardier Cpl Meyer Levin salvoed all three bombs from 22,000' and claimed one hit and observed a seaplane taking off from warship. In fact, no damage was sustained to Ashigara and no battleship was part of the invasion force. Returning B-17C 40-2045 was intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai returning to Clark Field. During an explosion or crash landing Kelly Killed In Action (KIA). Posthumously, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for destroying a "battleship". In fact, he bombed heavy cruiser Ashigara and only achieved near misses that caused no damage.

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 surprise 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 bombers target Cavite and cause heavy damage hitting the central wharf and hit a torpedo warehouse causing torpedoes to explode and burn. They also damage USS Peary DD-226 and heavily damage is USS Sealion SS-195 later scuttled on December 25, 1941.

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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