Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
March 8, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SUNDAY, 8 MARCH 1942

ALASKA (11th Air Force): Colonel William O. Butler assumes command of the 11th Air Force with HQ at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): HQ 10th Air Force begins moving from Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio to India. Between this date and 13 Mar, the 8 B-17's in India transport 474 troops and 29 tons (26.3 metric tonnes) of supplies from India to Magwe, Burma and on the return flights evacuate 423 civilians.

JAVA: The last Allied mission on Java is flown by two Hurricanes.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Air echelons of 16th and 17th Bombardment Squadrons, 27th Bombardment Group, cease operating from Batchelor Field and begin a movement to Brisbane with A-24s; ground echelon is on Bataan. 89th and 90th Bombardment Squadrons, 3d Bombardment Group transfer from Brisbane to Charters Towers with A-20's; first mission is in Apr. Following units transfer from Brisbane to Ballarat: HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) and 15th Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) with B-26's. Ground echelon of 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) also transfers; air echelon of 69th remains in US until May 1942. 39th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 35th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) with P-39's.

IJA: Japanese forces capture Djogjakarta Airfield (Yogyakarta) on Java including the wreckage of B-17E 41-2471. In New Guinea, Japanese forces occupy Lae and Lae Airfield.

New Guinea: Japanese forces occupy Lae and Salamaua on the north coast of New Guinea.

USN: Inshore Patrol Squadron VS-2-D14 begins air operations over the Society Islands.

Peru: The first American forces arrive at Talara Airfield in Peru.



  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram