January 1942



FRIDAY, 2 JANUARY 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Far East Air Force):  The Japanese occupy Manila and Cavite naval base.

SATURDAY, 3 JANUARY 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Far East Air Force):  President Franklin D Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston S Churchill announce the creation of a unified command in the SW Pacific, with General Sir Archibald P Wavell as supreme commander of American, British, Dutch, and Australian (ABDA) forces in that area.

MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 1942

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Hawaiian Air Force):  The air echelon of the 22d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), which has been operating from Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii since 18 Dec 41, departs for Singosari, Java with B-17's. The ground echelon is at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS

ZONE OF INTERIOR:  American and British Chiefs of Staff (CoSs) formally adopt an agreement to begin the movement of US air forces to the United Kingdom as soon as possible in order to intensify the attack on Germany.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Far East Air Force):  The air echelons of the 9th and 11th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive at Singosari, Java from the US with B-17's; the air echelon of the 22d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) arrives at Singosari from the Territory of Hawaii. The ground echelons are at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

MONDAY, 19 JANUARY 1943

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Far East Air Force):  B-17's, flying out of Malang, Java, attack shipping at Jolo Island in the Philippine Islands.
The air echelon of the 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Singosari to Jogjakarta, Java with B-17's. The ground echelon is at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The air echelons of the 11th and 22d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfer from Singosari to Jogjakarta, Java with B-17's; the ground echelons transfer from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Jogjakarta.

TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY 1943

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Far East Air Force):  Major General George H Brett, Commanding General US Army Forces in Australia (USAFIA), halts ferrying of aircraft from India to the Netherlands East Indies. The USAAF has been sending heavy bombers to Java by way of Africa and India, but the Japanese are able to inflict prohibitive losses on USAAF aircraft on the last stops of the route by interception from newly acquired airfields near Java.

FRIDAY, 23 JANUARY 1943

ZONE OF INTERIOR:  The Flying Training Command is established under the Chief of Air Corps and given jurisdiction over the Southeast Gulf Coast and West Coast Flying Training Centers which had been established on 8 Jul 40.

SATURDAY, 24 JANUARY 1943

ZONE OF INTERIOR:  The 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 Admiral Husband E Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter C Short, accusing them of neglecting to heed attack warning, failing to confer with each other, and taking only minimum precautions.

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