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01/01/42

International

Declaration of United Nations is signed. Each signatory pledges not to make a separate peace and to employ its full resources against members of and adherents to Tripartite Pact with which it is at war.


01/02/42

Phil Is

Japanese occupy Manila and Cavite naval base.


01/02/42

Alaska Def Cmd

The 77th Bomb Sq joins the 28th Comp Gp and the 11th Pur Sq joins the Prov IC, Alaska. Alaskan air strength is now 2 Pur and 3 bomb sqs.


01/03/42

International

Roosevelt and Churchill announce creation of unified cmd in SW Pacific, with Gen Wavell as supreme cmdr of American, British, Dutch, and Australian (ABDA) forces in that area.


01/04/42

FEAF

Ftrs from Bataan attempt interception of bombing raid on Corregidor. The ftrs, failing to intercept until the enemy airplanes are over the tgt, have little effect on the raid. Several ftrs depart from Mindanao following the mission.


01/05/42

FEAF

B-17's from Malang stage through Samarinda during 4/5 Jan and attack shipping in Davao Bay. USFIA, which controls FEAF, is redesignated USAFIA, and Gen Brett assumes cmd.


01/08/42

UK

Gen Chaney designated CG USAFBI; continues as Chief SPOBS.


01/09/42

FEAF

B-17's, flying out of Kendari, strike shipping in Davao Bay.


01/10/42

FEAF

Ftr units complete movement (begun 24 Dec 41) from various bases on Luzon to Bataan Peninsula.


01/11/42

FEAF

B-17's, out of Malang, attack landing forces on island of Tarakan.


01/13/42

International

American and British CoSs formally adopt agreement to begin movement of American air forces to UK as soon as possible in order to intensify attack on Germany.


01/14/42

International

ARCADIA conference ends. Major discussions include creation of CCS to direct US-British war effort, and employment of main military efforts against Germany while containing the Japanese offensive.


01/14/42

AAF

Col Claude E Duncan leaves Washington for Britain to prepare for arrival of Shadow Staff of BC.


01/14/42

FEAF

HQ moves from Darwin to Java.


01/15/42

FEAF

B-17's, flying out of Palembang, attack Sungei Patani A/F.


01/15/42

Alaska Def Cmd

The Alaskan Air Force is activated at Elmendorf Field. Cmdr is Lt Col Everett S Davis.


01/16/42

Hawaiian AF

First significant deployment of aircraft from Hawaiian AF begins with movement of 6 B-17's, commanded by Lt Col Walter C Sweeney, to Palmyra for duty with TG 8.9.


01/17/42

FEAF

B-17's from Malang, staging through Kendari, hit Langoan A/F and ships in Menado Bay.


01/17/42

Hawaiian AF

Aircraft unsuccessfully attack submarines in Hawaiian area. B-17's of TG 8.9 proceed from Palmyra to Canton I.


01/18/42

US

First increment (1,400 men) of US forces to be sent to UK sails for N Ireland.


01/18/42

Hawaiian AF

Another unsuccessful attack on enemy submarines in Hawaiian area. B-17's of TG 8.9 conduct antisubmarine search from Canton I.


01/19/42

FEAF

B-17's, flying out of Malang, attack shipping at Jolo.


01/19/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 fly antisubmarine mission from Canton I.


01/20/42

FEAF

Gen Brett, CG USAFIA, halts ferrying of aircraft from India to NEI. AAF has been sending HBs to Java by way of Africa and India, but the Japanese are able to inflict prohibitive losses on AAF aircraft on the last stops of the route by interception from newly acquired A/Fs near Java.


01/21/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 fly from Canton I to Nandi.


01/22/42

FEAF

From this date through 3 Feb, B-17's launch at least 15 missions out of Malang against shipping moving through Makassar Strait. 4 missions abort due to bad weather, 6 end with negative results, and the remaining 5 suffer heavy losses but sink 4 ships.


01/23/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 return from Nandi to Canton I.


01/23/42

ZI

Flying Trg Cmd is established and given jurisdiction over the Southeast Gulf Coast and West Coast Flying Trg Centers which had been established on 8 Jul 40.


01/24/42

US

Special Court of Inquiry on Pearl Harbor, headed by Supreme Court Justice Owen J Roberts, places main responsibility for the 7 Dec 41 disaster on Adm Kimmel and Gen Short, accusing them of neglecting to heed attack warning, failing to confer with each other, and taking only minimum precautions.


01/25/42

FEAF

The first AAF pur sq (17th Pur Sq), (Prov) under Maj Charles A Sprague, arrives in Java with 13 P-40's flown from Australia.


01/25/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 fly from Canton I to Nandi.


01/26/42

AAF

Gen Arnold recommends to Army CoS that AAFIB be composed of a HQ and 3 cmds--bomber, interceptor, and base."


01/26/42

USAFBI

First increment of US troops arrives in N Ireland.


01/26/42

FEAF

Ftrs from Bataan bomb and strafe Nichols and Nielson Fields on Luzon during 26/27 Jan, inflicting considerable damage on aircraft and fuel storage.


01/27/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 return to Canton I.


01/28/42

Eighth AF

Activated at Savannah AB, Col Asa N Duncan commanding. Originally designated as the air element of GYMNAST.


01/28/42

FEAF

B-17's from Malang and Palembang attack A/Fs at Kendari and Kuala Lumpur.


01/28/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 fly unsuccessful antisubmarine mission from Canton I.


01/29/42

FEAF

B-17's, striking out of Palembang, hit Kuantan A/F scoring numerous hits on runways and hangars.


01/29/42

Hawaiian AF

VII BC is activated. B-17's of TG 8.9 fly from Canton I to Palmyra.


01/30/42

Hawaiian AF

B-17's of TG 8.9 return to Hawaii, having completed a mission (began on 16 Jan 42) which afforded a pioneer look at the problem of air operations over vast Pacific areas, especially the problems of navigation and the servicing of aircraft.


01/31/42

AAF

Gen Eaker is designated CG, Bmr Cmd, USAFBI and ordered to proceed to UK.


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