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December 12, 1941
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Friday, 12 December 1941

IJN: More than 100 Japanese aircraft hit Clark Field, Batangas and Olongapo.

IJA: Japanese Army continue lands in northern Luzon. The "Tanaka Detachment" occupies Tuguegarao. The "Kanno Detachment" occupies Laoag.

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.

In the morning, P-40E Warhawk pilot 1st Lieutenant Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner of the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 24th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) performs on a solo reconnaissance flight over Aparri and spots two destroyers offshore came under anti-aircraft fire, flew inland and was attacked by two fixed landing gear Japanese fighters then engaged them and claimed both as shot down in flames. Next, he made two strafing passes over Appari Airfield. For his daring mission, he was praised and became one of the first Philippine pursuit pilots made into a hero by the press back home.

Philippine Army Air Force (PAAF): Six P-26 Peashooters led by Captain Jesus Villamor scramble to intercept fifty-four Japanese bombers attack Batangas Airfield. Although outnumbered, their harassing tactics minimized damage.

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