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February 18, 1942
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WEDNESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Detachment of the 22d Bombardment Squadron (Hevy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), departs Nandi Airport, Fiji from Australia with B-17's. The squadron is based at Jogjakarta. Air echelon of 91st Bombardment Squadron, 27th Bombardment Group, begins operating from Malang with A-24s; ground echelon is on Bataan.

"Singosari Savior" by Paul Eckley depicts P-40E Warhawk pilot Lt. 2nd Lt. Frank E. Adkins from the 17th Pursuit Squadron (17th PS) intercepts G4M1 Bettys from the Takao Kokutai over Surabaja then chased by escorting A6M2 Zeros that hit his fuel tank and disabled his guns. Lost over eastern Java, he followed a B-17 Flying Fortress landing at the highly camouflaged runway at on Singosari Airfield. After parking near a hanger, Adkins realizes he was hit in his fuel tank and his guns were disabled and later returns to Ngoro Airfield.



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