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19 Feb 1942

  • US Army 14th Reconnaissance Squadron pilot Major Richard Carmichael, leading a flight of 12 B-17 bombers, arrived at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [Townsville, Queensland | CPC]
22 Feb 1942

  • The US 14th Reconnaissance Squadron (B-17 bombers) was ordered to move from Cloncurry to Townsville in Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [Townsville, Queensland | CPC]
14 Mar 1942

  • The US Navy transferred the 40th Reconnaissance Squadron to US Army's 19th Bomb Group at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [Townsville, Queensland | CPC]
29 Mar 1942

  • In Australia, the B-26 Marauder bombers that had arrived from the US Territory of Hawaii one week prior were moved from Brisbane to Townsville for combat training. ww2dbase [Townsville, Queensland | CPC]
31 Jul 1942

2 Aug 1942

15 Oct 1942

  • George Kenney and Kenneth Walker awarded US servicemen at Townsville and Mareeba in Australia. After the ceremonies, Kenney ordered Walker to use instantaneous fuses on aerials bombs, not delayed fuses that Walker had preferred. ww2dbase [George Kenney | Townsville, Queensland | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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