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March 4, 1942
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WEDNESDAY, 4 MARCH 1942

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7th Air Force): American radar on Kauai and Oahu track two aircraft and After Japanese flying boats are detected over Oahu, overcast conditions prevent successful pursuit by P-40 Warhawks.

IJN: Operation K: Two H8K1 Emily Flying Boats fly a reconnaissance and bombing mission over Pearl Harbor on Oahu but due to clouds and blackout conditions on the ground and are unable to find the target. At 2:10am, the first H8K1 Emily Tail Y-71 (No. 1) pilot Lt. Hisao Hashizume releases four bombs that impact the southern slope of Mount Tantalus on Oahu. At 2:30am the second H8K1 Emily (No. 2) pilot Ensign Shosuke Sasao released his bombs over the ocean.

Tail Y-71 pilot Lt. Hisao Hashizume attempts to perform a reconnaissance mission and bomb Pearl Harbor on Oahu but due to clouds and blackout of lights on the ground, the flying boats were unable to find the target. This Emily bombs Mount Tantalus roughly 1,000' from Roosevelt High School, creating four bomb craters 6–10' deep and 20–30' across and shattered windows. No other damaged was caused The Emily harmlessly bombs the sea.

RAAF: No. 75 Squadron was formed at Garbutt Field at Townsville under the command of Squadron Leader Peter Jeffery equipped with P-40E Kittyhawks.

SWPA, 5th Air Force: 11th Bombardment Squadron and 22d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive at Melbourne from Jogjakarta with B-17's and LB-30's. Air echelon of 14th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group [attached to 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy)] begins operating from Melbourne with B-17's, B-24's and LB-30's; ground echelon is at Bugo, Mindanano attached to 5th Interceptor Command (Provisional). Air echelon of 28th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Singosari Airfield (Malang) to Melbourne with B-17's, B-24's and LB-30's. Ground echelon remains in Luzon and Mindanano attached to the 5th Interceptor Command (Provisional).

USN: First Raid on Marcus: Task Force 16 (TF-16) under the command of Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey approaches within 1,000 miles of Japan and USS Enterprise carrier aircraft strike Marcus Island.



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