Today in World War II History—Feb. 22, 1942 POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, 1943 (National Archives, United Kingdom) 75 Years Ago—Feb. 22, 1942: Air Marshal Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris takes command of RAF Bomber Command. President Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur to leave Bataan for Australia. New car sales end in the US.