December 22, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
Monday, 22 December 1941
Caribbean Air Force: The 20th Transport Squadron, Panama Air Depot, transfers from France Field to Waller Field, Trinidad with C-39's, C-47's and C-49's. A detachment of the squadron remains at Howard Field.
IJA: Japanese Army 14th Army under the command of General Masaharu Homma lands on the eastern side of Lingayen Gulf at Agoo, Vaba, Santiago and Bauang.
FEAF: At 5:45am twelve P-40E Warhawks from the 17th Pursuit Squadron and 20th Pursuit Squadron each armed with six 30 pound fragmentation bombs from Clark Field led by 1st Lt. Lt. Col Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner attack Japanese ships and forces landing at Lingayen Gulf. Arriving over Agoo, they saw Japanese transports and landing barges. Leading the attack, Wagner makes a dive bombing attack and salvoed all his bombs on a group of boats near shore pulling up at 1,500' then strafed warships and encounters anti-aircraft fire. Intercepted by "Nates" Wagner's P-40 sustained damage to the cowling and shattered his canopy and was wounded in the shoulder with splinters hitting his face and eyes. Withdrawing, he formed up with two other P-40s from the squadron that helped guide him back to base and landed safely.
Nine B-17's take off from Batchelor Field on a bombing mission against shipping in Davao Bay and afterwards land at Del Monte Airfield. HQ 7th Bombardment Group and the ground echelon of it's 9th, 11th and 22d Bombardment Squadrons and attached 88th Reconnaissance Squadron arrive at Brisbane from the US. The air echelons of the 9th and 11th are enroute from the US to Australia with B-17's; the air echelons of the 22d and 88th are operating from Hickam Field until January 5, 1942 and February 10, 1942 respectively with B-17s. The 16th, 17th and 91st Bombardment Squadrons, 27th Bombardment Group transfer from Ft William McKinley to Lipa Airfield, San Fernando and San Marceleno respectively without aircraft.
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