December 12, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
Friday, December 12, 1941
USMC: F4F Wildcats sink four Japanese vessels off Wake Island, the
first significant American victory of the Pacific War.
IJA: Japanese forces begin their amphibious landing at Lingayen Gulf on Luzon. More than 100 Japanese aircraft hit Clark Field, Batangas and Olongapo. In northern Luzon, the Japanese Army "Tanaka Detachment" occupies Tuguegarao.
FEAF: No hits are scored by the single B-17 that is sent against Japanese transports at Vigan. The 3d Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 24th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), transfers from Nichols to Ternate and operating from Del Carmon with P-40's.
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