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March 1, 1942
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SUNDAY, 1 MARCH 1942

SWPA: The last heavy bomber mission is flown from Java, Air echelon of 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), ceases operating from Jogjakarta and begins a movement to India with B-17's and LB-30's. Ground echelon is already enroute from Australia to India. 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), begins a movement from Jogjakarta to Melbourne with B-17's and LB-30's. Air echelon of 14th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group [attached to 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy)] ceases operating from Singosari with B-17's, B-24's and LB-30's and begins moving to Melbourne. Ground echelon is at Bugo, Mindanao. 33d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 22d Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Brisbane to Ipswich, Australia with B-26's; first mission is 6 Apr. Air echelon of 91st Bombardment Squadron, 27th Bombardment Group, ceases operating from Malang and begins moving to Brisbane; ground echelon is on Bataan. 93d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Singosari to Melbourne. HQ 27th Bombardment Group transfers from Bataan to Batchelor Field. HQ 35th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) transfers from Brisbane to New Delhi.

ABDA: During the Second Battle of the Java Sea (The Battle off Bawean Island) sunk HMS Encounter (H10), HMS Exeter (68), USS Pope (DD-225) and USS Edsall DD-219.



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