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18 Mar 1942
  • The repair work on light cruiser Voroshilov completed. ww2dbase [Voroshilov | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-124 sank Greek ship Kassandra Louloudis off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States at 0114 hours; all 35 aboard survived. At 0827, U-124 struck again, sinking US tankers US tankers E. M. Clark; 1 was killed, 26 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur officially accepted the position of the Supreme Commander of Southwest Pacific Area while still aboard a train traveling for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • US 9th Pursuit Squadron, flying P-40 fighters, arrived at Batchelor Field, located 98 kilometers (61 miles) south of Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [Batchelor, Northern Territory | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Australian Papua
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Port Moresby | CPC]
  • Chinese troops ambushed 200 Japanese reconnaissance troops near Pyu in Battle of Tachiao, killing 30. Meanwhile, aircraft of the 1st American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers" bombed the Japanese airfield at Moulmein, claiming 16 Japanese aircraft destroyed on the ground. Of the Burmese coast, troops from India reinforced the garrison on Akyab Island. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC, AC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Naka was assigned to the Seizure Force for the invasion of Christmas Island. ww2dbase [Naka | Makassar, Celebes | CPC]
Germany Italy
  • British submarine HMS Upholder sank Italian submarine Tricheco 2 miles off of Brindisi, Italy; 38 were killed, 3 survived (including the commanding officer). ww2dbase [Tricheco | Brindisi | CPC]
Japan Malaya New Hebrides
  • US Army engineers arrived at Efate, New Hebrides for the construction of a new airfield. ww2dbase [Efate | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Louis Mountbatten was appointed as the British Chief of Combined Operations. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 18 Mar 1942
Lieutenant General George Brett, Australia, 18 Mar 1942

18 Mar 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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