January 10, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY 1942
FEAF: Fighter units complete a movement began on December 24, 1941 from various
bases on Luzon to Bataan Peninsula.
U.S. Army: At dawn General Douglas MacArthur and chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Richard K. Sutherland plus their senior staff travel by PT Boat from Corregidor Island to Mariveles on the Bataan Peninsula. Next, they drove up the East Road to General George E. Parker's headquarters where they talked with II Corps officers and inspected positions in that sector. Moving west across the Pilar-Bagac road MacArthur met General Jonathan M. Wainwright and inspected I Corps installations. When Wainwright offered to show MacArthur their 155mm howitzers, MacArthur replied, "I don't want to see them. I want to hear them." That same day, a Japanese aircraft dropped a message behind U.S. lines that demanded their surrender. This eight hour inspection was Macarthur's only visit to the area.
USN: Lost is TBD-1 Devastator 0281 from USS Saratoga (CV-3) lost off Hawaii, pilot rescued.
DEMS: MS Herstein departs Port Moresby bound for Rabaul.