Lucasfilm released this flight simulator on the Amiga, ST and PC in 1988 and it was well received, earning an Action Game of the Year award from Computer Gaming World magazine.
The player took control of aircraft fighting in four of the major conflicts in the Pacific during World War 2 – the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, Battle of the Eastern Solomons and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. All of these took place during 1942, hence the title. Interestingly, the player could also play on both sides of the conflict in different scenarios – flying Japanese Zeros or American Wildcats, for example. Missions would involve attacking a particular target such as an enemy ship, but with only one torpedo or bomb it was often a difficult task. Medals and promotions were earned on completion of the mission.
One major surprise for Amiga and ST owners was that the game only supported mouse control; the PC version did support joysticks. The game used a sprite-based 3D engine which made things appear blocky in close-up but ran fast.
All we have to go on for the existence of a C64 version is a comment in an issue of The Games Machine that it was "coming soon". While other games around at the time – like F-16 Combat Pilot and Fighter Bomber – proved the C64 could handle complex flight simulators, Lucasfilm were producing very few 8-bit games at the time. Until we find more evidence, this is a "maybe".