March 2, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 2 MARCH 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): On Java, five B-17's and three LB-30's (the last
airplane taking off just before midnight) evacuate the last 260 men from Jogjakarta Airfield on Java as Japanese soldiers approach within 20 miles. HQ
V Bomber Command ceases operating on Java and ceases to function as an operational unit. HQ 19th Bombardment Group
transfers from Singosari Airfield (Malang) to Melbourne. On Bataan, P-40E Warhawks attack shipping in Subic Bay claiming considerable
damage but four P-40s are lost.
In Australia, the 2d Bombardment Squadron (Medium) and 19th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 22d Bombardment
Group (Medium), transfer from Brisbane to Ipswich with B-26s. Their first
bombing mission will be in April 1942.
RAAF: Hudson A16-101 performs a high altitude reconnaissance mission over Rabaul.
Royal Navy: HMS Stronghold (H50) sunk by heavy cruiser Maya in the Indian Ocean.