Monday, December 29, 1941
Alaska: In response to repeated requests by the Alaska Command to the War Department
for additional aircraft, 77th Bombardment Squadron (Medium),
42d Bombardment Group (Medium), arrives at Elmendorf Field with thirteen
FEAF: Major General
Lewis H Brereton, Commanding General Far East Air Force, arrives at his new
headquarters at Darwin. Colonel Harold H George remains at Manila in command of the air elements
left in the Philippines, the
chief center of Army Air Force activity in the southern Philippines being Del Monte Airfield where air personnel are under the command
of Major Ray T. Ellsmore. (Brigadier General George is killed in an aircraft
accident near Darwin on
April 29, 1942. Victorville Airfield is renamed George AFB on 2 Jun 1950 in
his memory.) The ground echelon of the 16th Bombardment Squadron, 27th
Bombardment Group, transfers from Cabcaben to Bataan. The air
echelon is operating from Brisbane.
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