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March 2, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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.

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