February 9, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 9 FEBRUARY 1942
ALASKA: 36th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 28th Composite Group, transfers
from Elmendorf Field to Ft Greeley, Kodiak with
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA - 12 B-17's are detached and released to Commander-in-Chief,
Pacific (CINCPAC) for assignment to Task Force (TF) 11 for operations in
the S Pacific.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: Between this day and 18 Feb, heavy bombers fly at
lesst 14 missions, but they result in claims of only 3 hits on shipping. B-17s attack the airfield at Kendari and are repulsed by fighter attacks. B-17's on a shipping strike
claim hits on a carrier near Sinjai, Sumatra.
FEAF: On Bataan, P-40B Warhawks escort a Boeing Stearman Model 75 biplane piloted by Jesus Villamor to take photographs over Ternate. Lost is P-40E Warhawk pilot Stone (MIA).
Lost are Ki-27 Nate pilot Kurosawa also, Ki-27 Nate piloted by Kanamaru force lands at Pilar Airfield and was later destroyed by U. S. artillery fire.