May 24, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 24 MAY 1942
USN: USS Hornet (CV-8) and USS Enterprise (CV-6) move towards Pearl
Harbor where they will quickly be refitted and deploy to Midway. The Japanese
prepairing to attack Midway mistakenly
believe these carriers are in the Solomon Islands.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): Three dive bombers: A-24 41-15820, A-24 41-15822 and A-24 41-15783 fly to Aiyary Airfield with two crash landing while attempting to rescued the downed crew of B-25C Mitchell 41-12478. Three B-26 Marauders strike Vunakanau Airfield. Ditched is B-26 "Imogene VII" 40-1474 (crew survived/MIA)
RAAF: On a submarined search, two collided mid-air Hudson A16-191 and Hudson A16-194 over Giru in Queensland.