December 24, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
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Wednesday, 24 December 1941
U.S. Army: General Douglas MacArthur and President Manuel Quezon are evacuated from Manila to Bataan. MacArthur orders all U.S. and Filipino military forces to begin withdrawing from Manila to defensive positions on the Bataan Peninsula.
FEAF: During the night of 24/25 December, three B-17's take off from Del Monte Airfield to bomb Davao Airfield and shipping in Davao Harbor off Davao then proceed to Batchelor Field. Two airplanes leave Manila for Darwin with personnel of HQ Far East Air Force. Army Air Force units on Luzon, as well as ground forces, begin moving to Bataan Peninsula. HQ 19th Bombardment Group and the air echelon of the 28th Bombardment Squadron transfer from Clark Field to Batchelor Field with B-17's. The ground echelon of the 28th will fight as infantry on Luzon and Mindanao. The air echelon of the 14th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group begins operating from Batchelor Field with B-17's. The ground echelon is still at Clark Field. The air echelons of the 16th, 17th and 91st Bombardment Squadrons, 27th Bombardment Group begin operating from Brisbane with A-24s. The ground echelons will fight as infantry on Luzon. The 17th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 24th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) ceases operating from Clark Field with P-40's.
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