March 1942 (2)

Pacific Paratrooper

Pacific map after March 1942 Pacific map after March 1942

In Australia, the civilians learned that two of their ships went down in the Java Sea.

Trove archives Trove archives

Crewmen of the HMAS Yarra, 1942 Crewmen of the HMAS Yarra, 1942

12 March – before being flown out of the Philippine Islands, General Douglas MacArthur said his famous parting words, “I shall return,” and Lt.Gen. Jonathan Wainwright assumed command.  Pres. Roosevelt’s empty promises of, “mile-long” convoys of relief on their way – were never sent.

13 March – The submarine, USS Gar sank the Japanese cargo ship, Chichiubu Maru, off the coast of Honshu Province, Japan.

14 March – The first convoy of 30,000 American troops began to arrive in Australia.  (Since 2 March, all physically fit Australian men were considered eligible for war service.

16-18 March – in New Guinea, US and Australian air units attacked the Japanese shipping and shore installations around Lae and Salamura.  Two enemy heavy cruisers…

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