March 22, 1942 (Sunday)

South Pacific

Vichy radio says Jap invasion fleet is headed for Perth, Western Australia. What does Vichy know about it?

If they take Perth, which is virtually helpless, and then go around and take New Zealand, which is even more helpless, Australia will be quite effectively cut off from further American or British aid. And what’s to prevent them? – especially when the old U.S. is asleep on its feet and the people are singing themselves swan songs.