February 25, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Arriving at Brisbane
from the US are: HQ 3d Bombardment Group and 8th, 13th, 89th and
Squadrons with A-20's; first mission is in Apr. HQ 22nd Bombardment
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
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.
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.