May 18, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 18 MAY 1942
CARIBBEAN: The United States and Panama sign an agreement concerning the use and defense of the Panama
Canal and Canal Zone (C.Z.).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): HQ 19th Bombardment Group and 93d Bombardment Squadron transfers
from Garbutt Field to Longreach with B-17's. Detachment of 28th Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), ceases operating from Perth
and returns to Longreach with B-17's. B-17's bomb shipping in Koepang
Bay. Lost at Townsville is P-39 piloted by Plain (KIA, BR). Lost are G4M1 Betty pilot Oyama (KIA), G4M1 Betty pilot Inoue (force landed) and P-39F 41-7191 (pilot MIA).
Port Moresby Air Raid - May 18, 1942