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Royce Special Mission to Mindanao

The Royce special mission back to the Philippines consisted of 10 B-25s and three B-17s, which took off from Darwin, Australia, on April 11, 1942, for the 1,500 mile flight to Mindanao. After arriving at their forward airfields, the planes flew bombing missions against Japanese ships, airfields and harbor facilities in the Philippines. One B-17 was destroyed when it was bombed while parked on the airfield, but the other two B-17s and all the B-25s returned safely to Australia after two days of operations.

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