03/01/42

Fifth AF

Last HB mission flown from Java."


03/02/42

Fifth AF

5 B-17's and 3 LB-30's (the last airplane taking off just before midnight) evacuate the last 260 men from Jogjakarta, the last A/F on Java in Allied hands. Ground forces are within 20 mi at this time. Bataan-based P-40's attack shipping in Subic Bay. The pilots claim considerable damage to the ships, but 4 of the few P-40's remaining on Bataan are lost.


03/03/42

US

CCS take under consideration recommendation to continue SUPERGYMNAST as an 'academic study' only. Thus the proposed N African venture ceases to affect Eighth AF until it is revived later as TORCH.


03/03/42

Fifth AF

Japanese airplanes attack A/F and harbor at Broome, Australia at 1000, shortly after arrival of 8 Hbs evacuating men from Java. The Japanese destroy 2 B-17's, 2 B-24's, 12 seaplanes, and 2 Hudsons, and kill at least 45 Dutch civilians and 20 US airmen.


03/04/42

Seventh AF

A lone Japanese aircraft attempts to attack Honolulu but drops its bombs short of the city. Overcast conditions prevent successful pursuit by Seventh AF airplanes.


03/05/42

Tenth AF

Gen Brereton who arrived in India from NEI on 25 Feb, formally takes cmd of Tenth AF, which at this time has 8 tac aircraft (B-17's).


03/05/42

ZI

Civil Air Patrol begins flying patrols off the E coast. XII IC (later redesignated XII FC) is activated at Drew Field.


03/08/42

Tenth AF

HQ Tenth AF begins moving from Patterson Field to India. Between this date and 13 Mar, the 8 B-17's in India transport 474 troops and 29 tons of supplies from India to Magwe and on the return flights evacuate 423 civilians.


03/08/42

Eleventh AF

Col William O Butler assumes cmd of the Eleventh with HQ at Ft Richardson.


03/09/42

AAF

Military reorganization, implementing Executive Order of 28 Feb, becomes effective. The Air Corps and the US Army Air Force Combat Cmd, which previously had made up the AAF under Gen Arnold as Chief, are discontinued, and the AAF is reorganized with Arnold as CG. Army Ground Forces under Gen McNair and Services of Supply (later Army Serv Forces) under Gen Sommervell are also organized. All are under control of Gen Marshall, CoS. In the Navy, Adm King, CinC US Fleet, assumes additional responsibilities as he succeeds Adm Stark as Chief of Naval Operations.


03/09/42

SE Asia

Japanese forces complete capture of Rangoon, dealing China a great blow by cutting off supplies from Burma Road.


03/12/42

Tenth AF

10 P-40's arrive in Karachi by ship from Australia.


03/12/42

ZI

XII BC is activated at MacDill Field.


03/15/42

SOPAC

67th Ftr Sq, the first AAF tac unit in the theater, arrives on New Caledonia.


03/15/42

Eleventh AF

XI FC is activated at Elmendorf Field cmdr is Col Norman D Sillin. Its operational components are the 11th and the 18th Pur Sqs.


03/16/42

Fifth AF

3 B-17's of 435th Rcn Sq, 19th Bomb Gp begin evacuating Gen MacArthur, his family, and his staff from Del Monte to Australia.


03/17/42

SWPA

Gen MacArthur arrives in Australia to assume cmd of United Nations forces in SWPA. He actually assumed cmd on 18 Apr.


03/20/42

AAF

'Plan for Initiation of US Army Bombardment Operations in the British Isles' further elaborates previous AAF plans outlining intention of launching strategic bombardment from UK against facilities supporting German national, economic, and industrial structure.


03/20/42

AAFIB

Report submitted by Gen Eaker in compliance with Gen Chaney's instructions of 25 Feb indicates completion of studies of RAF BC operations and of A/Fs, trg, tac doctrine, equipment, and methods of conducting air offensive in cooperation with RAF. Report also indicates much dependence upon British for the present but emphasizes the apparent compatibility of the tac doctrines of the US (daylight precision bombing) and RAF (night area bombing), and implies the principle of coordinating these attacks to complement each other.


03/25/42

Eighth AF

Maj Cecil P Lessig becomes first Eighth AF pilot to fly a mission over France in World War II. Flying a Spitfire with RAF 64 Sq, Lessig participates in a 36-aircraft ftr sweep that is recalled when 50 ftrs challenge them.


03/26/42

Fifth AF

3 B-17's of 435th Rcn Sq, 19th Bomb Gp, evacuate Philippine Pres Quezon and his family to Australia."


03/28/42

ZI

Units of I BC engaged in antisub operations are placed under operational control of Cmdr, Eastern Sea Frontier."


03/31/42

AAF

Gen Spaatz suggests that the now 'task-less Eighth' be made nucleus for AAFIB.


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