May 26, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 26 MAY 1942
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).
Prisoner Of War (POW) Sgt David Stuart Brown was executed on Matupi Island and his body placed into a mass grave.
A corvette from New Caledonia arrives as Wallis Island (Uvea) and deposed the pro-Vichy administrators.