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February 25, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Arriving at Brisbane from the US are: HQ 3d Bombardment Group and 8th, 13th, 89th and 90th Bombardment Squadrons with A-20's; first mission is in Apr. HQ 22nd Bombardment Group (Medium), 2d, 19th and 33d Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) and 18th Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) with B-26's; first mission is in Apr. HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) and 15th Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) and 69th, 70th and 71st Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) with B-26's; first mission is Jun; air echelon of 69th and 70th remain in the US until May/Jun. 39th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 35th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), with P-39's; first mission is 2 June. Force landed is B-26 40-1398 (survived).

USN: PBY 28 SMNE 73 (MIA) is lost over Bali.

ABDA: American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) "Eastern Striking Force" including HMS Encounter (H10) departs Batavia (Jakarta) bound for Surabaja and conducts a sweep along the coast of Madoera to intercept Japanese transports reported near Bawean Island, but no contact was made.

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