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January 22, 1942
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SOUTHWEST PACIFIC (Far East Air Force): Between January 22, 1942 until February 3, 1942 B-17s launch at least 15 missions out of Singosari Airfield (Malang) against shipping in Makassar Strait between Borneo and Celebes. Four missions abort due to bad weather, 6 end with negative results, and the remaining 5 suffer heavy losses but sink 4 ships. Damaged during take off is B-17E 41-2419 and afterwards written off.

IJN - Japanese Navy attacks Rabaul, but finding few targets does aerobatics. Early in the morning, troops land and quickly secure Rabaul.

RAAF: Damaged and written off is PBY Catalina A24-7.

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