June 27, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 27 JUNE 1942
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): 16th Fighter
Squadron, 51st Fighter Group moves from Karachi to Kunming with
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 22nd BG B-26s bomb Lae and Salamaua.
RAAF: PBY Catalina A24-17 piloted by FO Robert M. Seymour returning to Havannah
Harbor Seaplane Base spotted by a U.S. Navy (USN) F4F Wildcat that mistook the RAAF roundel with a red center on the top of the wing as a Japanese Hinomaru (rising sun) and attacked mistakenly believing it was an enemy seaplane. This Catalina was damaged by gunfire, but no casualties were inflicted to the crew.
After landing safely, emergency repairs were made at Havannah
Harbor Seaplane Base. After this incident of mistaken identity, the RAAF roundel red center was removed and replaced by a white roundel.