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April 12, 1942
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(SWPA, 5th Air Force): Royce Mission (Day 1) B-25s using Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao, hit the harbor and shipping at Cebu while B-17's carry out single-bomber strikes from Mindanao against Cebu Harbor and Nichols Field. In Australia, 18th Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium), 22d Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Townsville to Reid River with B-26s their first combat mission is April 21, 1942. The 18th Reconnaissance Squadron is redesignated 408th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on April 22, 1942.

USN: PT-35 was scuttled and burned to prevent capture off Cebu.

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