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: Two Hurricanes fly the last Allied mission on Java.
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)
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.