Today in World War II History—Mar. 3, 1942 POSTED: Friday, March 3, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Lancaster B Mark Is of No. 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 29 September 1942 (Imperial War Museum) 75 Years Ago—Mar. 3, 1942: Operational debut of RAF Avro Lancaster heavy bomber. Japanese bomb Broome, Australia; 70 killed including Dutch evacuees from the East Indies and US airmen.