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May 10, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SUNDAY, 10 MAY 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): B-17's attack Kessa in the North Solomon while 3rd BG B-25s from the 3rd BG and B-26's from the 22nd BG hit the seaplane base at Deboyne. Lost are B-26 40-1402 pilot Captain Richard “Roy” R. Royall, Jr. (MIA) and B-25C "El Diablo" 41-12511 piloted by 1st Lt. Harold "Hal" V. Maull ditched returning, crew rescued.

U.S. Army: The last U.S. Army forces in the Philippines officially surrender.

(USN) USS Ranger (CV-4) on a transatlantic ferry trip, reached a position off the African Gold Coast and launched 60 P-40 Warhawks of the Army Air Force to Accra, from which point they were flown in a series of hops to Karachi, for operations with the 10th AAF. This was the first of four ferry trips made by the Ranger to deliver AAF fighters across the Atlantic, the subsequent launches being accomplished on July 19, 1942, January 19, 1943, and February 24, 1943.

USN: Inshore Patrol Squadron VS-4-D14 arrived in the Tonga with the base construction and garrison convoy and set up facilities to conduct antisubmarine patrols from Nukualofa Harbor on Tongatabu.



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