December 31, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
Wednesday, 31 December 1941
FEAF: American pilots
are evacuated from the Philippines to prevent their capture by the Japanese. The 17th and 20th Pursuit Squadrons (Interceptor), 24th Pursuit Group
(Interceptor), cease operating from Lubao with P-40's and return to their base
on Bataan. The air echelon of the 30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
19th Bombardment Group transfers from Batchelor
Field to Singosari with B-17's. The ground echelon is on Luzon and Mindanao.
USN: Commissioned is USS Gato SS-212 in the U. S. Navy (USN) as the lead ship of the Gato class sumbarine and will have a distinguished career including thirteen war patrols in the Pacific.
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