March 22, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SUNDAY, 22 MARCH 1942
RAAF: S23 "Corinthian" G-AEUF crashed while landing at Darwin Harbor.
In New Guinea,
Nine P-40E Kittyhawks from No. 75 Squadron strafe Lae Airfield, two Zeros flying top cover dive down to attack them. When other P-40E Kittyhawks arrive, lost is P-40E Kittyhawk A29-16 pilot F/O Bruce H. Anderson (POW/MIA pilot captured, later executed) and P-40E Kittyhawk A29-6 pilot F/O Wilbur L. Wackett (survived). Intercepting, two Zeros were shot down by Hudson gunners. Lost are A6M2 pilot Yamazaki (WIA, survived) and A6M2 pilot Kikuchii (KIA).