March 26, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 26 MARCH 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Three B-17's of the 40th Reconnaissance
Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy) evacuate Philippines President
Manual L. Quezon and his family to Australia. B-26 Marauders including B-26 "Martin's Miscarriage" 40-1411, B-26 "Yeah!" 40-1421 and B-26 "Dixie" 40-1496 are ferried across the Pacific and arrive at Amberly Field near Brisbane.
U.S. Army: MS Van Heemskerk is chartered by the U.S. Army as a small ship under the chief quartermaster, U.S. Army forces in Australia (USAFIA), crewed by the KPM Dutch.
RAAF: Force landed is Hudson A16-139 with one crew member injured.