Today in World War II History—Apr. 8, 1942

Patch of the US Ninth Air Force

Patch of the US Ninth Air Force

75 Years Ago—Apr. 8, 1942: In the Philippines, Gen. Jonathan Wainwright escapes from Bataan to Corregidor with 2000 US troops.

US Tenth Air Force flies first supply mission over “The Hump” from India into China, carrying fuel for the Doolittle Raid planes.

US Ninth Air Force is established at New Orleans Army Air Base, Louisiana; will serve in North Africa and later in Britain.