18 Mar 1942
  • The repair work on light cruiser Voroshilov completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-124 sank Greek ship Kassandra Louloudis off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States at 0114 hours; all 35 aboard survived. At 0827, U-124 struck again, sinking US tankers US tankers E. M. Clark; 1 was killed, 26 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur officially accepted the position of the Supreme Commander of Southwest Pacific Area while still aboard a train traveling for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 9th Pursuit Squadron, flying P-40 fighters, arrived at Batchelor Field, located 98 kilometers (61 miles) south of Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea Australian Papua
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chinese troops ambushed 200 Japanese reconnaissance troops near Pyu in Battle of Tachiao, killing 30. Meanwhile, aircraft of the 1st American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers" bombed the Japanese airfield at Moulmein, claiming 16 Japanese aircraft destroyed on the ground. Of the Burmese coast, troops from India reinforced the garrison on Akyab Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • The first A4 rocket exploded on Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany during a combustion chamber test. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • British submarine HMS Upholder sank Italian submarine Tricheco 2 miles off of Brindisi, Italy; 38 were killed, 3 survived (including the commanding officer). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops under Major Kyomi Yokokoji massacred the entire village of Joo Loong Loong (now known as Titi), Negeri Sembilan in Malaya; 990 were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
New Hebrides
  • US Army engineers arrived at Efate, New Hebrides for the construction of a new airfield. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Lord Mountbatten was appointed as the British Chief of Combined Operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of Oriskany was laid down at Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order for the establishment of the War Relocation Authority, which led to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Mar 1942
Lieutenant General George Brett, Australia, 18 Mar 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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