30 Dec 1941

Philippines
  • Sergio OsmeƱa was sworn in as the Vice President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines at the west entrance of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Malinta Tunnel | Sergio OsmeƱa | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
  • Manuel Quezon was sworn in as the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines at the west entrance of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Malinta Tunnel | Manuel Quezon | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
5 Feb 1942

Philippines
1 Mar 1942

Photo(s) dated 1 Mar 1942
MacArthur and Sutherland in the headquarters tunnel on Corregidor, Philippines, 1 Mar 1942
11 Mar 1942

Philippines
12 Mar 1942

Philippines
16 Mar 1942

Philippines
20 Mar 1942

Philippines
  • Jonathan Wainwright received the official US War Department order promoting him to the rank of lieutenant general and placing him charge of US troops in the Philippine Islands, replacing Douglas MacArthur, who had been ordered to go to Australia by Franklin Roosevelt. ww2dbase [Jonathan Wainwright | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
23 Mar 1942

Philippines
26 Mar 1942

Philippines
27 Mar 1942

Philippines
  • With freezers failing after a Japanese aerial attack on the previous day, US and Filipino troops attempted to transport the contents, 24,000 pounds of frozen carabao meat, from Corregidor Island to Bataan Peninsula in the Philippine Islands for immediate consumption. Japanese air attacks would prevent this transport, and the meat would soon spoil. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
8 Apr 1942

Philippines
  • American submarine Seadragon delivered 20 tons of food to Corregidor in the Philippine Islands; on the return trip, she evacuated the final 21 radio intelligence personnel from the US Navy Station CAST facility. ww2dbase [Seadragon | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
25 Apr 1942

Philippines
  • The final US-Filipino stronghold on the island of Luzon in the Philippine Islands, Corregidor, while already under daily bombardment for the past two weeks, began to be subjected to night-time bombardment as well. At 2200 hours, two 240-millimeter shells hit the opening of a tunnel leading into the underground command center, killing 15. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Malinta Tunnel | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
30 Apr 1942

Philippines
  • Two PBY Catalina aircraft from Mindanao evacuated 50 personnel (including 20 nurses) from Corregidor, Philippine Islands as the island was again subjected to a large scale artillery and aerial bombardment. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
3 May 1942

Philippines
  • The Japanese continued to bombard Corregidor in the Philippine Islands by artillery and aircraft. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
  • USS Spearfish arrived at Corregidor, Philippine Islands and evacuated 27 military, nursing, and civilian personnel. This would be the last US Navy evacuation mission out of Corregidor before the surrender. ww2dbase [Spearfish | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
4 May 1942

Philippines
  • The Japanese bombardment of Corregidor, Philippine Islands heightened to soften the defenses for invasion scheduled on the next day. On the beaches of nearby Bataan Peninsula, 2,000 Japanese troops began boarding 15 barges. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
5 May 1942

Philippines
6 May 1942

Philippines
  • Before dawn, US and Filipino defenders in the East Sector of Corregidor, Philippine Islands fought against the Japanese amphibious assault launched just prior to midnight, killing 1,200 men of the 2,000-strong first wave of attack. At 0930 hours, the Japanese began to gain a beachhead and began landing tanks to support the invasion. The US 4th Marine Regiment reserve companies and the US 4th Marine Battalion (reserve) launched an unsuccessful counterattack. Acknowledging the hopelessness of the situation, Major General Jonathan Wainwright ordered his troops to surrender at 1030 hours. To prevent capture, US Marines Colonel S. L. Howard ordered all regimental and national colors of the 4th Marine Regiment burned to prevent capture, while other US and Filipino personnel scuttled gunboats and destroyed ammunition stores. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Malinta Tunnel | Corregidor, Cavite | AC, CPC]
26 Feb 1945

Philippines

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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Famous WW2 Quote
"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944