April 26, 1942
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SUNDAY, 26 APRIL 1942
(SWPA, 5th Air Force): 35th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) and 36th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 8th Pursuit
Group (Interceptor), transfer from Brisbane and Townsville respectively to Port Moresby with P-39's and P-400's; first mission
is April 30, 1942. Force landed is P-39F 41-7210 (survived) on the Cape York Peninsula.
IJN: Japanese Type 96 / G3M Nells bomb 3 Mile Drome (Kila) with approximately 90 bombs exploding near dispersal area. Two 3rd BG A-24s are destroyed one other completely unserviceable and 30 Mile Drome (Rarona) near Port Moresby.