December 23, 1941
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
Tuesday, December 23, 1941
Caribbean Air Force: The 31st Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 37th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), transfers from Chorrera, Panama to Albrook Field, Canal Zone with P-26's and P-40's.
IJN: Japanese forces capture Wake Island.
FEAF: During the night of December 22/23 after midnight four B-17's take off from Del Monte Airfield and bomb shipping in Lingayen Gulf. Twelve P-40's and six P-35's strafe forces landing in San Miguel Bay on Luzon. The Far East Air Force comes under control of the newly-created US Forces in Australia (USFIA). Major General Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General Far East Air Force, receives orders establishing HQ Far East Air Force at Darwin.
MLD: Do 24K flying boats attack Japanese forces at Davao.
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