March 16, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 16 MARCH 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Four B-17E Flying Fortresses from the 40th Reconnaissance
Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group including B-17E 41-2434, B-17E 41-2408, B-17E "Why Don't We Do This More Often" 41-2429 and B-17E "San Antonio Rose II" 41-2447 stage at Bachelor Field near Darwin for a flight to the Philippines to evacuate General Douglas
MacArthur, his family, and senior staff from Del
Monte on Mindanao i then fly southward back to Bachelor Field. The fourth B-17E 41-2434 piloted by Major Richard H. Carmichael was unable to start their engines and did not participate. When the bombers return, it transports MacArthur on last leg of journey from Bachelor Field southward
where he boarded a train.
39th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 35th Pursuit Group (Interceptor),
transfers from Ballarat to Mount Gambier with P-39's; first combat
is 2 Jun. 64th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy),
arrives at Sydney, Australia from the US with B-17's; first mission is 13 Aug. 68th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 58th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), arrives
at Amberly Field from the US with P-39's.