January 1, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 1 JANUARY 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC (Far East Air Force): HQ 24th Pursuit Group (Interceptor)
transfers from Clark
Field to Mariveles. The ground echelon
of the 14th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers
from Clark Field to Bugo, Mindanao. The air echelon is operating from Singosari with B-17's.
The air echelon of the 93d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group
(Heavy), transfers from Batchelor
Field to Singosari with B-17's. The ground echelon is still on Luzon and Mindanao.
A group of U.S. Pursuit pilots including 1st Lt. Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner took off flying a Beechcraft Model 18 from Bataan southward to Bandjermasin Airfield in southern Borneo. When the right engine failed to start, it was abandoned and the group hitched a ride aboard a U.S. Navy (USN) PBY Catalina to Soerabaja Airfield on Java and a week later are flown to Darwin.
U.S. Army: By 5:00am the South Luzon Force completes their withdrawal across the Pampanga River at Calumpit and by 6:15am demolishes both bridges and disbands. That same day, the Japanese move through Plaridel to Calumpit but find the bridges destoryed and are momentarily unable to cross the river.
RAAF: Lost is Hudson A16-29 (KIA) crashed into the sea off Ambon.