Pacific Wrecks 2021 Daily Updates
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- 2-26 February 26, 1942: Lost is C-53 41-20066 force landed near Truscott / Crashed is DC-3 "Emoe" PH-AFZ on Sumatra
- 2-25 February 25, 1942: American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) "Eastern Striking Force" including HMS Encounter departs Batavia.
- 2-24 February 24, 1942: First Wake Island Raid: USS Enterprise (CV-6) carrier aircraft strike Wake and Marcus.
- 2-23 February 23, 1942: Lost is B-17E 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost") pilot Captain Frederick C. Eaton, Jr. force lands in Agaiambo Swamp.
- 2-22 February 22, 1942: After dark at Garbutt
Field while taxiing B-17E 41-2434 collides with B-17E 41-2416 damaging both bombers.
- 2-21 February 21, 1942: Seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4) and Patrol Squadron 14 arrives Nouméa on New Caledonia.
- 2-20 February 20, 1942: U. S. bombers and fighters strike the Japanese landing force off Bail are intercepted crashed is P-40E "Colleen".
- 2-19 February 19, 1942: Japanese carrier aircraft strike Darwin and Darwin Harbor. Crashed is A6M2 Zero 5349 pilot Toyoshima POW.
- 2-18 February 18, 1942: Artwork "Singosari Savior" by Paul Eckley depicts P-40E Warhawk pilot 2nd Lt. Adkins at Singosari Airfield.
- 2-17 February 17, 1942: A6M2 Model 21 Zeros took off from Shōhō land at Lakunai Airfield and are assigned to 4th Kōkūtai (4th Air Group).
- 2-16 February 16, 1942: Lost Martin B-10 M-531 pilot Postma damaged over Bangka Island and crashed on southern Sumatra.
- 2-15 February 15, 1942: The British Army on Singapore surrenders to the Imperial Japanese Army at Ford Factory.
- 2-14 February 14, 1942: at 6:20pm USS President Taylor ran aground west of Canton Island and efforts to tow or salvage failed.
- 2-13 February 13, 1942: Sunk is MV Derrymore hit by torpedoes fired by Japanese submarine I-55 off Batavia (Jakarta) survivors rescued.
- 2-12 February 12, 1942: Armed flyingboat Short S.23 "Centaurus A18-10 was assigned to No. 33 Squadron at Townsville.
- 2-11 February 11, 1942: Lost are Hudson A16-91 and Hudson A16-126 bomb then are shot down by A6M4 Claudes over Gasmata.
- 2-10 February 10, 1942: Civilian DH.83 Fox Moth "Irene" VH-UUS departs New Guinea for Australia where it serves in Qantas and RAAF.
- 2-9 February 9, 1942: Lost is P-40E Warhawk pilot 2nd Lt. Stone and Ki-27 Nate pilot Kurosawa over the Bataan Peninsula.
- 2-8 February 8, 1942: At 8:30pm the Japanese 25th Army under General Yamashita 5th Division and 18th Division land on Singapore Island.
- 2-7 February 7, 1942: Do 24K-1 X-1, Do 24K-1 X-24 and Do 24K-1 X-36 fly reconnaissance from Lake Grati near Soerabaja in Java.
- 2-6 February 6, 1942: Guinea Airways Ford 5-AT-C Trimotor VH-UBI and Ford 4-AT-E Trimotor VH-UDY enter service with the RAAF.
- 2-5 February 5, 1942: Landed is PBY-5 Catalina 2309 pilot Lt(jg) Richard Bull north of Ambon Island with three missing
- 2-4 February 4, 1942: Captured, stripped of possessions and Australian Army soldiers from "Lark Force" are massacred at Tol and Waitavalo
- 2-3 February 3, 1942: Five Catalinas bomb shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul / Lost is B-17C 40-2062 pilot Cox crashed Java
- 2-2 February 2, 1942: U. S. Army Air Force Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. earns his wings and is commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant.
- 2-1 February 1, 1942: Lost over the target TBD-1 Devastator 1515 and TBD-1 Devastator 0298 ditch into Jaluit Lagoon.
- February 2021
- 1-31 January 31, 1942: Under repair at Bremerton Navy Yard in Bremerton is USS Saratoga (CV-3) to fix torpedo damage.
- 1-30 January 30, 1942: Guinea Airways Junkers G 31 Trimotor VH-UOW is impressed into service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
- 1-29 January 29, 1942: War correspondent George A. Weller Chicago Daily News Foreign Service departs Singapore for Java.
- 1-28 January 28, 1942: During taking off B-17D Flying Fortress 40-3067 had the left engines fail and crashed at Batchelor Field near Darwin.
- 1-27 January 27, 1942: Allied personnel are withdrawn from Tebrau Airfield on the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula to Singapore.
- 1-26 January 26, 1942: Open fire! Battery Geary mortars on Corregidor commence fire on the Japanese positions on Bataan Peninsula.
- 1-25 January 25, 1942: The administration orders missionaries to evacuate but many stay including those at Gona Mission Station.
- 1-24 January 24, 1942: First U.S. Navy (USN) surface action since the Spanish-American War is the Battle of Balikpapan.
- 1-23 January 23, 1942: After midnight
the Japanese Army 144th Infantry Regiment "South Seas Detachment" occupies Rabaul.
- 1-22 January 22, 1942: Damaged during take off is B-17E 41-2419 at Palembang I Airfield on Sumatra then written off and abandoned
- 1-21 January 21, 1942: At Bulolo Airfield strafing Zeros destroy G 31 "Pat" VH-URQ, G 31 "Paul" VH-UOU and G 31 "Peter" VH-UOV.
- 1-20 January 20, 1942: Lost is B5N1 Kate pilot Sugihara hit by anti-aircraft fire over Rabaul crashed Mount Kombiu (Mother).
- 1-19 January 19, 1942: Japanese forces occupy Sandakan on northeast Borneo and rename it Elopura "Beautiful City".
- 1-18 January 18, 1942: During the night, PT-31 ran aground in Subic Bay and and PT-34 fires two torpedoes at a ship defective torpedoes
- 1-17 January 17, 1942: In Sunda Strait destroyer HMS Jupiter (F85) uses depth charges and gunfire to sink Japanese submarine I-60
- 1-16 January 16, 1942: Ditched is TBD Devastator 0335 pilot ACMM Harold F. Dixon and crew survive 34 days at sea in a life raft.
- 1-15 January 15, 1942: Crashed is PBY Catalina A24-11 (MIA) during take off from Kavieng Harbor.
- 1-14 January 14, 1942: Japanese warships and aircraft carriers assemble at Truk including Akagi ahead of Operation R in the South Pacific.
- 1-13 January 13, 1942: Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 4 (MTBS-4) is PT-68 at the Training Center at Melville, Rhode Island.
- 1-12 January 12, 1942: Denied! Charles Lindbergh is refused to be recommissioned due to his vocal pre-war isolationist views.
- 1-11 January 11, 1942: Japan declares war on the Netherlands to coincide with landings at Tarakan, Borneo and Celebes (Sulawesi).
- 1-10 January 10, 1942: For eight hours General Douglas MacArthur makes his only visit to inspect forces on the Bataan Peninsula.
- 1-9 January 9, 1942: Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant is Richard I. Bong who later becomes America's highest scoring ace of World War II.
- 1-8 January 8, 1942: Commissioned is HMAS Whyalla (J153) Bathurst class corvette in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
- 1-7 January 7, 1942: A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai (Tainan Air Group) arrive at Zettle Airfield on Jolo Island in the Philippines.
- 1-6 January 6, 1942: Japanese flying boats bomb Vunakanau Airfield on the ground is RAAF No. 24 Squadron Wirraways and Hudsons.
- 1-5 January 5, 1942: Zeros strafe Mariveles Seaplane Base sinking five U. S. Navy seaplanes from Patrol Wing 10 (Pat Wing 10).
- 1-4 January 4, 1942: Japanese forces occupy Manila with thousands of civilian prisoners detained at Santo Thomas University.
- 1-3 January 3, 1942: Creation of ABDA: American, British, Dutch, and Australia unified command in the South West Pacific.
- 1-2 January 2, 1942: The Japanese Army occupies Manila and Cavite. "Manila, Cavite lost; MacArthur fights on, holding Corregidor."
- 1-1 January 1, 1942: South Luzon Force withdraws across the Pampanga River at Calumpit and demolishes both bridges.
- January 2021
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