March 7, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 1942
BURMA: British Army retreats from Rangoon (Yangoon).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 22nd Bombardment Group (Medium) HQ transfers from Brisbane to Ipswich.
USN: Patrol Wing 10 (PatWing 10) completed withdrawal from the Philippines and Netherlands
East Indies (NEI) to established their headquarters in Perth and will begin patroling off Western Australia.
The practicability of using a radio sonobuoy in aerial anti-submarine
warfare was demonstrated in an exercise conducted off New London by the K-5
blimp and USS S-20 (SS-125) submarine. The buoy could detect the sound of the submerged
submarine's propellers at distances up to three miles, and radio reception aboard
the blimp was satisfactory up to five miles.