March 28, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 1942
U.S. Army: Ocean liner RMS Queen Mary enters Sydney Harbor but is large to dock, so personnel were loaded onto a ferry and transferred ashore.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): HQ 43rd Bombardment Group and 63rd Bombardment Squadron and 65th Bombardment Squadron arrives Sydney from
the US with B-17's; first mission is August 14, 1942 and November 12, 1942 respectively.
28th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers
from Melbourne to Cloncurry with B-17s with a detachment operating
from Perth with the ground echelon on Bataan and Mindanao.
80th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 8th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), transfers
from Brisbane to Lowood, Australia with P-39s, their first mission is July 22, 1942.
RAAF: Shot down is P-40E Kittyhawk A29-5 pilot Sgt Ronald Summerson Bailey