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February 5, 1942

Patches of the US Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Air Forces

Patches of the US Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Air Forces

80 Years Ago—Feb. 5, 1942: Japanese begin bombarding Singapore from Malaya.

In Norway, the Nazi puppet government requires teachers to join the Teachers’ Front and to teach Nazi ideology, and requires all children ages 10-18 to join the Nasjonal Samling Youth Movement.

First US C-47 cargo plane is lost in combat, strafed by Japanese Zeros on Bathurst Island, Australia.

US National Naval Medical Center is established in Bethesda, MD.

US Far East Air Force is renamed Fifth Air Force; Caribbean Air Force is renamed Sixth Air Force; Hawaiian Air Force is renamed Seventh Air Force; Alaskan Air Force is renamed Eleventh Air Force.

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