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December 13, 1941
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Saturday, December 13, 1941
Caribbean Air Force: The 22d and 23d Pursuit Squadrons (Interceptor), 36th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), transfer from Losey Field to Vega Baja, Puerto Rico with P-36's.

4th Air Force: The 115th Observation Squadron, 69th Observation Group, transfers from Sherwood Field to San Bernardino Army Airfield, California with O-38's, O-47's and O-49's and continues flying ASW patrols.

China: Invading Japanese forces demand the surrender of British troops in Hong Kong. When their request is denied, the Japanese begin bombing the city.

P-40E Warhawk pilot 1st Lieutenant Boyd D Wagner of the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 24th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), claims four Japanese airplanes over Aparri while on a reconnaissance mission over northern Luzon. In another action, Captain Jesus Villamor of the Philippine Air Force leads six P-26's in an interception of fifty-four Japanese bombers attacking Batangas Airfield. Although outnumbered, their harassing tactics minimized damage.

New Guinea: The Australian War Cabinet decided that all white women and children, other than missionary women and nurses who volunteered to stay, would be evacuated at Commonweath Government expense to Australia via aircraft and ships. Approximately 178 were evacuated from Papua and 554 from the New Guinea mandated territory with evacuations completed by December 29. No provisions were made to evacuate any Chinese women and children.

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