March 27, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 1942
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Melbourne to Cloncurry, Australia
with B-17's; ground echelon is on Bataan and Mindanao.
RAAF: Lost is P-40E A29-19 (MIA).
IJN: Shot down by P-40E Kittyhawk pilot Piper is G4M1 Betty pilot Itsuda (KIA) crashed inland from Rigo.
USMC: The forward echelon
of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) arrived on Efate to construct an airfield for Marine aircraft.