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May 26, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 26 MAY 1942

JAPAN: Radio Tokyo announces that "America and Britain... have now been exterminated.. the British and American fleets cannot appear on the oceans." as a result of claimed Japanese victories during the Battle of the Coral Sea and other engagements.

ALASKA (11th Air Force): 11th Fighter Squadron, 28th Composite Group, based at Elmendorf Field sends a detachment to Umnak with P-40's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): P-39 Airacobras took off on a patrol over Port Moresby and 1st Lt. Thomas J. Lynch claims an aerial victory, his third aerial victory claim. Lost is P-39F 41-7221 (MIA).

IJN: Prisoner Of War (POW) Sgt David Stuart Brown was executed on Matupi Island and his body placed into a mass grave.

Free France: A corvette from New Caledonia arrives as Wallis Island (Uvea) and deposed the pro-Vichy administrators.


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