USAAF Chronology:

                   COMBAT CHRONOLOGY OF THE US ARMY AIR FORCES
                                      MAY 1942
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AIRCRAFT MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT:
A-20, Douglas Havoc
A-36, North American Apache
B-17, Boeing Flying Fortress
B-24, Consolidated Liberator
B-25, North American Mitchell
B-26, Martin Marauder
B-29, Boeing Superfortress
Beaufighter, Bristol
C-47, Douglas Skytrain
F-4, Lockheed Lightning
F-5, Lockheed Lightning
P-38, Lockheed Lightning
P-39, Bell Airacobra
P-40, Curtiss
P-47, Republic Thunderbolt
P-51, North American Mustang
Spitfire, Vickers Supermarine
Ventura, Lockheed

FRIDAY, 1 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (1st Air Force): Between May and Sep 42, the 433d
Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 45th Bombardment Group (Medium), flying ASW
patrols from Mitchel Field, Hempstead, New York with A-29's and B-34's, sends
detachments to NAAS Boca Chica, Key West and Miami AAFld, Florida; and New
Orleans AAB, Louisiana.
  (3d Air Force): During May, the 106th Observation Squadron (Medium), 66th
Observation Group, begins flying ASW patrols from Savannah AAB, Georgia with
A-20's, P-39's, P-40's and O-46's. 
  (4th Air Force): During May, the 17th Observation Squadron (Light), 71st
Observation Group, begins flying ASW patrols from Salinas AAB, California
with L-1's, O-46's, O-47's and O-52's. The detachment of the 116th
Observation Squadron (Medium), 70th Observation Group, operating from Yakima
County Airport returns to base at Gray Field, Ft Lewis, Washington.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): X Air Service
Command is activated under command of Brigadier General Elmer E Adler.

SATURDAY, 2 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  CARIBBEAN (6th Air Force): Detachment of 28th Pursuit Squadron
(Interceptor), 37th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), operating from La Joya,
Panama returns to base at Patilla Pint, Panama with P-39's.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Major General Carl
Spaatz is designated 8th Air Force commander.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 8th Photographic Squadron,
5th Air Force (attached to Allied Air Forces), transfers from Brisbane to
Townsville, Australia with F-4's; first mission was 16 Apr.

MONDAY, 4 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  CARIBBEAN (6th Air Force): 3d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 6th Bombardment
Group (Heavy), transfers from Rio Hato, Panama to the Galapagos Islands off
the coast of Ecuador with B-18's and LB-30's to fly ASW patrols.

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (2d Air Force): The detachment of the 406th Bombardment
Squadron (Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium), operating from Astoria,
Oregon returns to base at Paine Field, Everett, Washington with B-18's and
A-29's.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): HQ 35th
Pursuit Group (Interceptor) is transferred without personnel and equipment
from New Delhi, India to Sydney, Australia.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, 7th Air Force): Battle of the Coral Sea begins
with a US carrier-based air attack on Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-26's bomb Vunakanau Airfield
at Rabaul, New Britain Island. P-39's and B-17's hit the airfield at Lae,
New Guinea.
  HQ 27th Bombardment Group (Light) and 16th, 17th and 91st Bombardment
Squadrons (Light) transfer without personnel and equipment from Batchelor
Field and Charters Towers, Australia to Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia. The
units will be remanned and equipped and fight in the Mediterranean.

TUESDAY, 5 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): On a raid
against Mingaladon Airfield, Burma during the night of 4/5 May, 4 B-17's bomb
a hangar and parked aircraft; the crews claim 40 aircraft destroyed but
searchlights make accurate observation impossible.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Major General Carl
Spaatz assumes command of HQ 8th Air Force at Bolling Field, Washington, DC.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 28th Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Cloncurry to
Longreach, Australia with B-17's; a detachment is operating from Perth,
Australia.

WEDNESDAY, 6 MAY 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): Mingaladon
Airfield, Burma is hit for the second consecutive night; 3 B-17's score
direct hits on fuel dumps at the field.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's unsuccessfully attack
shipping in the Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands area.
  Corregidor Island in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands surrenders. All US
organized resistance to the Japanese in the Philippines ends. The air and
ground echelons of the following AAF units are killed or captured; the units
are carried as active units without personnel until 2 Apr 46:
  24th Pursuit Group (Interceptor)
  2d Observation Squadron (Medium)
  3d, 17th, 20th, 21st and 34th Pursuit Squadrons (Interceptor)  
  14th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
Most of the ground echelon of the following units were killed or captured:
  V Bomber Command
  5th Interceptor Command (Provisional)
  19th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
  27th Bombardment Group (Light)
  16th, 17th and 91st Bombardment Squadrons (Light)
  28th, 30th and 93d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy)

THURSDAY, 7 MAY 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Battle of the Coral Sea, which
began on 4 May, approaches its climax as Allied naval forces intercept
Japanese naval forces near Misima Island, New Guinea. US Navy (USN) dive
bombers sink the aircraft carrier SHOHO.  Allied forces lose the destroyer
USS SIMS (DD-409).  Allied Air Force bombers join the battle but their effect
is limited; several bombers attack Allied vessels by mistake.

FRIDAY, 8 MAY 1942

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): Main action of Battle of the
Coral Sea occurs as Allied and Japanese carrier forces clash.  Allied bombers
join USN aircraft in attacking the enemy's main support force which has
around the S of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands. The aircraft carrier
SHOKAKU is severely damaged by aircraft from the carriers USS LEXINGTON
(CV-2) and USS YORKTOWN (CV-5). USS LEXINGTON is damaged so severely that it
later is sunk by USN fire. USS YORKTOWN also suffers damage from aircraft.
Both sides lose heavily in aircraft, US losses totalling 66 and the Japanese
considerably more. The Allies turn back the sea assault against Port Moresby,
a key base in New Guinea and of great importance to the security of
Australia. The battle is the first major naval engagement in history in which
the opposing warships do not exchange a shot. The Coral Sea battle marks the
end of the period in which the Allied forces in the SWPA are only on the
defensive and paves the way for offensive operations. The reconnaissance work
of the AAF proves of greater importance than its bombardment operations,
which have no real effects on the battle. Lack of USN-AAF coordination is
apparent from the Coral Sea action, and this eventually leads to better
interservice communication.

SATURDAY, 9 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (4th Air Force): 46th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 41st
Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Hammer Field, Fresno to NAS
Alameda, California with A-29's and continues flying ASW patrols.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): In Burma
during the night of 8/9 May, 6 B-17's bomb Mingaladon and attack the docks
at Rangoon.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): 8 B-26's and a single B-17
attack shipping and seaplanes at Deboyne Island, New Guinea.
  8th Bombardment Squadron (Light), 3d Bombardment Group (Light), transfers
from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Charters Towers, Australia with A-20's;
combat operations continue.

SUNDAY, 10 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  CARIBBEAN (6th Air Force): The 20th Transport Squadron, Panama Air Depot,
based at Howard Field, Canal Zone with a detachment at Wallere Field,
Trinidad, sends another detachment to Losey Field, Puerto Rico with C-39's,
C-47's and C-49's.

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (4th Air Force): Detachment of 396th Bombardment Squadron
(Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium), flying ASW patrols from NAS
Alameda with B-18's, LB-30's and A-29's, returns to base at Mather Field,
Sacramento, California.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-25's bomb the seaplane base
at Deboyne Island, New Guinea.
  80th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 8th Pursuit Group (Interceptor),
transfers from Lowood to Petric, Australia with P-39's and P-400's; first
mission is 22 Jul.

MONDAY, 11 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (1st Air Force): 19th Observation Squadron (Light), 66th
Observation Group, transfers from Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida
to Pope Field, Ft Bragg, North Carolina and continues flying ASW patrols
with L-1's, L-4's and A-20's.
  (4th Air Force): Detachment of 392d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th
Bombardment Group (Heavy), flying ASW patrols from NAS San Diego with
LB-30's returns to base at Hammer Field, Fresno, California and continues
flying patrols.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): The transport SS ANDES
docks in the UK, carrying about 1,800 personnel for various 8th Air Force
units. This is the first large shipment of AAF troops to the UK.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's attack Kessa in the N
Solomon Islands while B-26's hit the seaplane base at Deboyne Island, New
Guinea.

TUESDAY, 12 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (1st Air Force): 105th Observation Squadron (Medium),
65th Observation Group, ceases flying ASW patrols from MCAS Cherry Point,
North Carolina and returns to Langely Field, Hampton, Virginia with O-49's,
and O-52's; ASW patrols continue until Oct 42. 79th Bombardment Squadron
(Medium), 45th Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Grenier Field,
Manchester, New Hampshire to MCAS Cherry Point and continues flying ASW
patrols with B-34's and A-29's.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): B-17's fly
their first mission in direct defense of the air cargo line to China when 4
B-17's from Dum Dum Airfield, India heavily damage the runways and set fire
to several parked aircraft at Myitkyina, Burma. Myitkyina, which fell to
the Japanese on 8 May, poses a serious fighter threat to the Allied base at
Dinjan.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): 39 officers and 348
enlisted men of HQ and the bomber, interceptor and service commands arrive
at High Wycombe, England where the VIII Interceptor Command sets up HQ.

WEDNESDAY, 13 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (4th Air Force): 34th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and 4th,
7th, 18th and 391st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy) transfer from Pendleton
Field, Oregon to Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona with B-17's and
continue flying ASW patrols.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Flying personnel of
the 15th Bombardment Squadron (Light), VIII Bomber Command, the first US
bomb unit sent to the UK, arrive at Newport, UK without aircraft.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's and B-26's hit
shipping and the airfield at Rabaul, New Britain Island.
  30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy),
transfers from Cloncurry to Longreach, Australia with B-17's.

THURSDAY, 14 MAY 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): B-17's
pound Myitkyina, Burma for the second time, scoring direct hits on runways
and several buildings.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Major General Ira C
Eaker is designated commander of Detachment, HQ 8th Air Force in addition
to his duties as Commanding General VIII Bomber Command. Brigadier General
Frank O'D Hunter assumes command of VIII Interceptor Command.
  15th Bombardment Squadron (Light), VIII Bomber Command, arrives at Grafton
Underwood, England without aircraft.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's, B-26's and B-25's
attack Rabaul, New Britain Island and Lae, New Guinea.

FRIDAY, 15 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (HQ AAF): Interceptor Commands and Pursuit
Groups/Squadrons are redesignated Fighter Commands/Groups/Squadrons.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): HQ VIII Bomber
Command transfers from Daws Hill to High Wycombe, England.

SATURDAY, 16 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (1st Air Force): 78th Bombardment Squadron (Medium),
45th Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Langley Field, Hampton,
Virginia to Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida with A-20's and
continues flying ASW patrols.
  (3d Air Force): 51st Bombardment Squadron (Light), 46th Bombardment
Group (Light), ceases flying ASW patrols and transfers from Galveston
Municipal Airport, Texas to Blythe AAB, California with A-20's.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): HQ 10th Air
Force completes its move from the US to New Delhi, India.
  B-17's again strike the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, pounding runways
and buildings. Subsequent reconnaissance indicates that the runways are
unusable.

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (SOPAC, 7th Air Force): 68th Fighter Squadron,
58th Fighter Group, transfers from Amberly Field, Australia to Tongatabu
Island, Tonga Islands with P-40's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): In New Guinea, B-25's, B-26's
and and B-17's hit the airfield and storehouses at Lae and seaplane base at
Deboyne Island.
  64th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy),
transfers from Sidney to Daly Waters, Australia with B-17's.

SUNDAY, 17 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  CARIBBEAN (6th Air Force): 29th Fighter Squadron, 16th Fighter Group,
transfers from Albrook Field, Canal Zone to Casa Larga, Panama with P-40's
and P-39's.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Detachment, 8th Air
Force, with the help of the VIII Bomber Command staff, issues a directive
defining its mission, which is the organization, training and supplying of
units advanced echelons of 8th Air Force to prepare for immediate
operations upon arrival of tactical elements of the 8th. 50 US intelligence
officers arrive in the UK for training by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber
Command.

MONDAY, 18 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  CARIBBEAN: The US and Panama sign an agreement concerning the use of
Panama defense areas by US forces.

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (3d Air Force): 50th Bombardment Squadron (Light), 46th
Bombardment Group (Light), ceases flying ASW patrols from Galveston
Municipal Airport, Texas and transfers to Blythe AAB, California with
A-20's. 328th, 330th and 409th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 93d
Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfer from Barksdale Field, Shreveport,
Louisiana to Buckingham AAFld, Ft Meyers, Florida with B-24's and commence
ASW patrols.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): The 7th Air Force is placed on
alert in anticipation of a possible attack on Midway Island. For the next
10 days the old B-18's on hand are used on sea searches to supplement the
B-17's. VII Bomber Command receives an influx of B-17's during this period,
and the 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), is
converted from B-18's to B-17's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's bomb shipping in
Koepang Bay, Timor Island.
  HQ 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and 93d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) 
transfers from Garbutt Field to Longreach, Australia with B-17's.
  Detachment of 28th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group
(Heavy), ceases operating from Perth and returns to Longreach, Australia
with B-17's.

TUESDAY, 19 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  CARIBBEAN (6th Air Force): 31st Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Group,
transfers from Chorrera, Panama to Albrook Field, Canal Zone with P-39's
and P-40's.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Detachment, HQ 8th
Air Force under Major General Ira C Eaker, assumes control of all AAF
organizations in the British Isles.

WEDNESDAY, 20 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ALASKA (11th Air Force):

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): 11th
Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at
Karachi, India from the US with B-17's; first mission is 3 Jun.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force):

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (SOPAC, 7th Air Force): Admiral John S McCain, in
Seaplane Tender USS TANGIER (AV-8) at Noumea, New Caledonia Island, assumes
command as Commander Aircraft South Pacific Forces (COMAIRSOPAC).
  Ground echelon of 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment
Group (Medium), transfers from Amberley Field, Australia to New Caledonia
Island; air echelon is at Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii with B-26's. 

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's attack the airfield
and AA guns at Koepang, Timor Island.

THURSDAY, 21 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (1st Air Force): 112th Observation Squadron (Light),
65th Observation Group, transfers from Dover AAFld, Delaware to Georgetown
County Airport, South Carolina and continues flying ASW patrols with
O-47's, O-49's, O-57's and O-58's.
  (2d Air Force): 76th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group
(Medium), based at McChord Field, Tacoma, Washington, begins ASW operations
from Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida with A-29's.
  (3d Air Force): 87th Bombardment Squadron (Light), 46th Bombardment Group
(Light), ceases flying ASW patrols from Galveston Municipal Airport, Texas
and transfers from Blythe AAB, California with A-20's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-26's bomb aircraft at Lae,
New Guinea.

FRIDAY, 22 MAY 1942

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): In Territory of Hawaii, 19th
Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, transfers from Bellows Field to
Kualoa Field with P-40's; air echelon of 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 
38th Bombardment Group (Medium), arrives at Hickam Field with B-26's; ground 
echelon is on New Caledonia Island; and 73d Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter 
Group, transfers from Wheeler Field to Bellow Field with P-40's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's pound the airfield at
Rabaul, New Britain Island while B-26's hit the airfield at Lae, New Guinea
and attack shipping in the harbor.

SATURDAY, 23 MAY 1942

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): Agreement is reached
on a plan to transfer the repair depot at Burtonwood, UK to US forces
following a period of joint control to begin at the end of Jun 42;
Burtonwood later becomes the greatest AAF depot overseas.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): 31st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Hickam Field to Kipapa,
Territory of Hawaii with B-17's and B-18's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-25's strike the airfield
and buildings at Lae, New Guinea.

SUNDAY, 24 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ZONE OF INTERIOR: The deployment of air units from the eastern US is
begun as a result of the threat of a naval attack on the W coast.
  (1st Air Force): 105th Observation Squadron (Medium), 65th Observation
Group, transfers from Langely Field, Hampton, Virginia to Georgetown County
Airport, South Carolina and continues flying ASW patrols with O-49's and
O-57's.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) (8th Air Force): VIII Air Force Base
Command, under overall logistical control of Service of Supply, is given
primary responsibility for all supply and maintenance peculiar to the AAF,
thus leaving much logistical autonomy to the Army Air Forces in Britain
(AAFIB).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-26's attach Lae Airfield,
New Guinea, but heavy AA and at least 15 intercepting Zekes prevent
accurate bombing. Several of the B-26's are shot down or badly damaged and
forced to crashland.

MONDAY, 25 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ALASKA (11th Air Force): 11th Fighter Squadron, 28th Composite Group,
based at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Territory of Alaska with P-40's sends
a detachment to Cold Bay.

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (4th Air Force): 116th Observation Squadron (Medium),
70th Observation Group, based at Gray Field, Ft Lewis, Washington sends a
detachment to  Moon Island Airport, Hoquiam, Washington to fly ASW patrols
with O-47's and O-49's.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): 4 B-17's
bomb Rangoon, Burma during the night of 24/25 May.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's bomb Vunakanau
Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain Island.

TUESDAY, 26 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ALASKA (11th Air Force): 11th Fighter Squadron, 28th Composite Group,
based at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Territory of Hawaii sends a detachment
to Umnak Island, Aleutian Islands with P-40's.

  ZONE OF INTERIOR (1st Air Force): Gulf Task Force, I Bomber Command is
established and placed under operational control of the USN Commander, Gulf
Sea Frontier, for ASW patrols in the Gulf of Mexico.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO): Lieutenant General Henry H "Hap"
Arnold, Rear Admiral John H Towers and Air Chief Marshall Sir Charles F
Portal attend an Anglo-American air conference in London. Topics of
discussion include allocation of aircraft and the establishment of US air
forces in the UK. The meeting begins at 10 Downing Street with Prime
Minister Winston S Churchill.

WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): 11th
Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from
Karachi to Allahabad, India with B-17's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's bomb the base at
Rabaul, New Britain Island.

THURSDAY, 28 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ALASKA (11th Air Force): A B-17 flies the first armed reconnaissance from
the secretly constructed airfield at Unmak Island, Aleutian Islands over
the Aleutian Chain, but finds no sign of the enemy. XI Fighter Command
elements are not deployed at Unmak (P-40's and P-38's), Cold Bay (P-40's),
Kodiak (P-39's), and Elmendorf Field [P-38's and Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF) Kittyhawks].
  ZONE OF INTERIOR (4th Air Force): Following squadrons begin flying ASW
patrols from Muroc AAB, California with B-17's: 32d, 352d, 353d and 419th 
Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 301st Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at 
Alamogordo AAB, New Mexico; 358th, 359th 360th and 427th Bombardment 
Squadrons (Heavy), 303d Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Gowen Field, 
Boise, Idaho.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-26's attack the airfield at
Lae, New Guinea.

FRIDAY, 29 MAY 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): 4 B-17's
hit Myitkyina Airfield, Burma in a high-altitude strike. No activity is
seen.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): 19th Transport Squadron, 7th Air
Force, transfers from Hickam Field to John Rodgers Airport, Territory of
Hawaii with C-33's and C-53's.

SATURDAY, 30 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ALASKA (11th Air Force): 77th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 28th
Composite Group, based at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Territory of Alaska,
begins operating from Umnak Island, Aleutian Islands with B-26's.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force): Myitkyina,
Burma is again hit by B-17's. Again no activity is observed and the attacks
are discontinued.
  HQ 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers from Karachi to Dum-Dum,
India.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO): During conferences with Air Chief
Marshall Sir Charles F Portal, Lieutenant General Henry H "Hap" Arnold
presents "Programme of Arrival of US Army Air Forces in the United Kingdom"
providing for 66 combat groups, exclusive of observation squadrons, by Mar
43.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): 7th Air Force begins flying B-17's
from the Territory of Hawaii to Midway Island in the face of an expected
attack on that island.
  394th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy),
transfers from Hickam Field to Bellows Field, Territory of Hawaii with
B-17's.

SUNDAY, 31 MAY 1942

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 

  ALASKA (11th Air Force): 54th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
(attached to XI Fighter Command) arrives at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage,
Territory of Alaska with P-40's.
  ZONE OF INTERIOR (4th Air Force): 102d Observation Squadron (Light), 69th
Observation Group, transfers from San Bernardino AAFld to Ontario AAFld,
California and continue flying ASW patrols with O-46's, O-47's, O-49's and
O-52's.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, 7th Air Force): B-17's on detached service at
Midway Island begin search operations.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, 5th Air Force): B-17's attack Lae and
Salamaua, New Guinea.


SOURCES: 
AIR FORCE COMBAT UNITS OF WORLD WAR II, Office of Air Force History,
  Headquarters USAF, 1961, ISBN 0-912799-02-1
COMBAT SQUADRONS OF THE AIR FORCE, WORLD WAR II, Office of Air Force
  History, Headquarters USAF 1982
THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by the
  Office of Air Force History, Headquarters USAF, 1973
THE MIGHTY EIGHTH WAR DIARY by Roger A. Freeman, ISBN 1-85409-071-2

Jack McKillop
USAF (Airways and Air Communications Service)
1955-59

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|  Jack McKillop              |  Those who have long enjoyed such |
|  Bellcore                   |  privileges as we enjoy forget in |
|  Piscataway, NJ USA         |  time that men have died to win   |
|  jem3@donuts0.bellcore.com  |  them.                     FDR    |
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