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October 1944
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SUNDAY, 1 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 34 P-47s bomb Thetkegyin while 20 others hit railroad targets throughout the N Burma railroad corridor and troop concentrations at Ponlon; 4 P-47s bomb Shwegugale while 6 others hit Lungling, China and sweep the Burma Road in the area. The 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Kurimitola to Pandaveswar with B-24s. During Oct 44, the 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Guskhara, sends an element to operate from Hsinching with F-7s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, Eighteen B-25s bomb Tien Ho Airfield and White Cloud Airfield, the town of Wuchou, and targets of opportunity in the Samshui and Canton areas; 100+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance throughout areas S of the Yangtze River hit a variety of targets of opportunity, concentrating on communications targets and troops in the Mangshih and Hsinganhsien areas.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan strike the airfield on Iwo Jima. B-25s from Makin bomb Nauru while B-24s staging through Eniwetok hit Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Langoan while B-25s hit Lembeh, Menado, and Bolaang-oeki port. B-24s bomb Taka in the Moluccas while P-38s hit Amahai, Kairatoe and shipping off Amboina. B-25s and P-38s on shipping sweeps off Halmahera destroy several barges and luggers. In New Guinea, A-20s and P-38s attack Urarom Airfield and Fak Fak supply dumps, while P-40s hit Doom and targets of opportunity in Windissi, Idorra, and MacCluer Gulf; P-47s and A-20s hit Doeroa Airfield, Langgoer Airfield, and Faan Airfield; the 63d and 70th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 403d Troop Carrier Group, move from Los Negros and Hollandia respectively, to Biak with C-47s. The 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Borokoe to Morotai with P-40s and F-6s. Lost is C-47 42-92062. Lost on a training flight is A-20G 42-86717 and A-20G "Crap Shooter" 42-54155 and A-20G piloted by Summers. Damaged is OA-10 44-33878.

USN: STAG-1 tests eight TDR Drones against targets in southern Bougainville. Lost is TDR Drone (dud).

MONDAY, 2 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Photo reconnaissance missions, by four B-25s to Paramushiru and by two B-24s to Onnekotan abort due to weather.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 49 P-47s pound several towns and bridges in the Bhamo area and destroy buildings in Shwekyina, Kaungsin, Maingka, Kyungyi, Singan, and Kabani; 20+ P-47s hit N Burma railroad targets and troops at Man He and Manla; 7 P-47s bomb Kutkai while 8 sweep the Lungling, China-Loiwing, Burma area, destroying a warehouse at Selan; 8 B-25s slightly damage road bridges N of Lashio; 4 others bomb and damage Nambkai road bridges and their vicinity; troop carrier aircraft fly 260+ sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in the CBI. The detachments of the 1st and 3d Combat Cargo Squadrons, 1st Combat Cargo Group, operating from Yunnani with C-47s return to base at Sylhet, India.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, Eleven B-25s attack the town of Pingnam while sixteen bomb Tien Ho Airfield and White Cloud Airfield and the town of Samshui; 70+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over S China attack various targets of opportunity, chiefly river traffic and troop areas around Chuanhsien, Taochuan, Takbing, Wuchou, Dosing, and the Wenchow peninsula, and attack shipping in the Campba Port-Hongay area of French Indochina.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-24s hit Marcus and shipping west of Chichi Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Laha Airfield escorting P-38s attack shipping in Seri and Amboina Bays and hit Amahai Airfield and Kairatoe Airfield. B-24s hit Haroekoe. Off Halmahera B-25s fly a barge sweep, bomb Laboehan, and attack the coastal villages on Weda and Boeli Bays. In New Guinea, P-40s attack vessels off Tamoelol village and Misool and bomb Otawiri Airfield and Ransiki Airfield; the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak begins operating from Wakde with C-47s.

TUESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s flying offshore reconnaissance over Onnekotan, Harumukotan and Shasukotan also strafe several small vessels.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Troop carriers fly 240+ sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in the CBI. In Burma, the 5th Liaison Squadron, Tenth Air Force [attached to 1st Liaison Group (Provisional)], moves from Shaduzup to Myitkyina with L-1s and L-5s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty-three B-25s attack Pingnam, trucks and rivercraft in the Wuchou, Samshui, and Canton areas, and bomb Tien Ho Airfield and White Cloud Airfield; 100 P-51s and P-40s continue armed reconnaissance over wide expanses of China south of the Yangtze River, attack rivercraft, road traffic, troops, town areas, and other targets of opportunity; the Hsinganhsien, Pingnam, and Chuanhsien areas are covered exceptionally well.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit shipping in the Bonin while P-47s pound gun positions, buildings, and a wharf on Pagan. B-24s on special reconnaissance missions bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: For the second time B-24s bomb oil refineries in the Balikpapan area, B-25s hit shipping and bomb Sanana on Sanana , Moluccas; On Halmahera, B-25s smash Kaoe Airfield runway and bomb Galela; B-25s and B-24s over Ceram - Ambon hit barge and coastal targets of opportunity and pound Taka Airfield in the Moluccas, while fighter-bombers attack Halong Seaplane Base and Namlea Airfield and Haroekoe Airfield. On Vogelkop Peninsula, fighter-bombers again hit Fak Fak and Otawiri.

WEDNESDAY, 4 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 weatheraborts a photo run off Matsuwa; four B-25s bomb a freighter and a barge off Shimushu; 15-17 fighters intercept and the B-25s score one victory.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, eight P-47s damage approaches to a bridge between Myitkyina and Bhamo; 16 P-47s hit the town of Palwesho; 4 others hit small towns S of Bhamo, including Man The and Hantet.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 5 B-25s hit Hsinantien and areas N of Chefang; 80+ P-40s and P-51s continue to attack targets of opportunity during armed reconnaissance over areas of China S of the Yangtze River; 20+ fighter-bombers hit buildings, troops, and river shipping in the Paoching area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan attack shipping W of Iwo Jima and bomb airfields, the radio station, buildings, and area targets on Marcus, Pagan, and Iwo Jima . P-47s hit gun positions, beach defenses, buildings, and the wharf area on Pagan. B-24s from the Marshall bomb Moen Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Sidate and Bolaang-oeki. P-40s and B-25s attack Galela and Kaoe Airfields. B-25s and A-20s on a shipping sweep bomb town and port area of Amboina on Ambon , hit a wharf at Halong and attack shipping and shore targets of opportunity at various points. In New Guinea, HQ 403d Troop Carrier Group moves from Los Negros, to Biak ; the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Espiritu Santo ceases operating from Los Negros and begins operating from Wakde with C-47s; the 63d Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak, begins operating from Wakde with C-47s. The 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Owi to Morotai with P-38s. Crashed on takeoff is F7B "Idle Curiosity" 44-40423.

THURSDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): At dawn two B-24s bomb Kashiwabara and Kurabu Cape.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 P-47s hit Mawlu and attack locomotives and targets of opportunity in the Naha area; 8 B-25s attack bridges at Namhkai, damaging the main bridge. Troop carriers fly 250+ sorties to various locations in the CBI. The 493d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Tezgaon to Pandaveswar with B-24s. CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twelve B-25s and twenty-two fighter-bombers attack Samshui, Koyiu and Takhing; eight hit targets of opportunity in the Canton-Wuchou area, and three bomb a storage area at Mangshih; 50+ P-40s and P-51s over wide areas of S China attack rivercraft, road traffic, bridges, town areas, and troops.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s hit Pagan with rockets and bombs; a B-24 bombs gun positions on the Pagan. B-25s from the Gilbert bomb Nauru Airfield runways and gun positions while B-24s from the Marshall bomb an airfield at Moen and during the night of 5/6 Oct strike Wake. The 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh Air Force, based at Kipapa Field sends a detachment to Peleliu Airfield with F-5s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb airfields in the Kendari area. B-25s and P-38s hit Kairatoe Airfield, the town of Amboina and numerous coastal and shipping targets of opportunity in the Ambon-Ceram area. A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers attack Urarom and the Simora Point area, Doom, Babo, Efman and Samate Airfields and disposal areas; A-20s blast Japanese bivouacs and supply areas near Sarmi; HQ 54th Troop Carrier Wing moves from Nadzab to Biak . In the Moluccas , the 418th Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command [attached to HQ 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium)], moves from Owi, Schouten to Morotai with P-61s.

FRIDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20+ P-47s bomb troop concentrations in Mawlu and Bilumyo and damage an approach to bridge at Seywa; 8 B-25s attack bridges at Hsenwi, damaging the main bridge but causing little harm to bypass bridges. Transport operations continue on large scale in the CBI. In India, HQ 7th Bombardment Group moves from Kurmitola to Pandaveswar while it's 436th and 492d Bombardment Squadrons move from Tezzgaon to Madhaigani with B-24s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb Wucbou and attack boats and other targets of opportunity in the Canton area; 50+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over areas of China S of the Yangtze River attack rivercraft, bridges, town areas, troop concentrations and targets of opportunity along the N French Indochina coast; the flight of the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, at Nanning, returns to base at Chanyi with F-5s.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): The first P-61 night fighters arrive in Chengtu on the eve of the third air raid; in 10 attacks from 6 Sep to 19 Dec, only 43 aircraft participate.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit Iwo Jima in harassment attacks during the night of 6/7. A B-24 from Kwajalein bombs a heavy gun battery on Emidj. During the night of 6/7 Oct, 3 B-24s bomb Wake.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-38s hit Kaoe Airfield and shipping near Djailolo. In the Ceram -Amboina, Ambon-Boeroe, Sunda area B-25s and P-38s attack Namlea, Waai on Celebes , Amahai, and several small craft. In New Guinea, P-47s bomb Kaimana; and the 547th Night Fighter Squadron moves from Oro Bay to Owi, with P-38s and P-61s.

USN: USS Cabrilla SS-288 torpedoes and sinks Yamamizu No. 2 and damages Hokurei Maru, forcing it to beach off Vigan.

RAAF: Lost is P-38 Lightning 679 (MIA)

SATURDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 P-47s bomb supplies and troops at Man Hpa. Large-scale transport operations continue to deliver men and supplies to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 53 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack troop concentrations, bridges, river and rail traffic, town areas, and supply dumps around Tunghsiangchiao, Pingnam, Hsinganhsien, Chuanhsien, Lingling, Wuchou, Houmachen, Chiuchiang, and Paoching.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan , on armed reconnaissance, attack Marcus and nearby shipping.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s over Mindanao bomb Zamboanga while a P-38 cover force hits seaplanes, shipping, and other targets of opportunity in the area. On Celebes, B-25s bomb Langoan, Tompaso, and Tondegesang. P-38s attack Kaoe on Halmahera , and hit oil tanks at Boela. B-25s bomb a storage area at west of Amboina. P-38s and B-25s strike Doom Airfield and Babo Airfield.

USMC: Lost is R4D Dakota 39086.

SUNDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Photo missions to Paramushiru, Matsuwa, Onnekotan and Shasukotan turn back due to weather.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20+ P-47s hit targets of opportunity in the Mawhun and Manyut areas, knock out a bridge at Seywa, and bomb railroad tracks in N Burma; 5 B-25s damage a bridge and score hits on the other bridge approaches at Namhkai and knock out 2 bridges at Wuntho and Kawlin. In India, HQ 443d Troop Carrier Group moves from Dinjan to Ledo.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 P-40s and P-51s hit locomotives, trucks, and river traffic at Yuncheng and NE of Pengtse.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 3 Saipan -based B-24s hit Pagan and Marcus. 24 P-47s hit buildings, beach defenses, and gun positions on Pagan. During the day and night of 8/9 Oct B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Wake. The 531st Fighter Squadron, 21st Fighter Group, moves from Kuoloa to Mokuleia Field with P-38s and P-51s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-47s bomb Amahai and Boela. P-38s hit Dodinga Bay barge hideouts, supplies and targets of opportunity along Wasile Bay and Kaoe Bay. In New Guinea, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers hit Sorong, Doom, runways and targets of opportunity at Efman and Samate, and gun positions, bivouacs, and supplies at Simora Point; a detachment of the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), begins operating from Noemfoor with F-5s (squadron HQ begins a movement from Guadalcanal to Morotai; another detachment is operating from Bougainville.

MONDAY, 9 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ P-47s knock out a bridge at Manyut and thoroughly pound the town area, bomb enemy positions at Nyaunggon, Pinhe, and near Mawhun, damage a bridge near Mawlu, and hit a variety of targets in the Katha area; 9 B-25s attack road bridges SW of Lashio, knocking out Na-lang and Nampawng bridges; the B-25s hit several targets of opportunity in the area. Transport aircraft continue a steady supply of various points in the CBI. A detachment of the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, begins operating from Chittagong with F-5s (squadron is based at Barrackpore).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s bomb the area N of Mangshih; 3 B-24s hit shipping along the lower Yangtze River; 29 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack river traffic, troops, bridges, and other targets of opportunity in areas around Tanchuk, Tengyun, Anking, and Amoy; the airstrip at Tanchuk is temporarily put out of commission.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 18 B-24s from Saipan pound Iwo Jima. 25 B-25s from the Marshall bomb Truk Atoll. The 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh AF (attached to VII Fighter Command), moves from Kipapa Field to Kualoa Airfield with F-5s (detachments are operating from Saipan and Peleliu).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers attack Boela, Namlea and Kairatoe and Liang on Ambon , concentrating on oil tanks and airfields. On Halmahera, B-25s and fighter-bombers hit Lolobata Airfield and Hate Tabako Airfield and nearby barges, supplies, and other targets of opportunity. In New Guinea, A-20s and fighter-bombers strike Faan Airfield and Langgoer Airfield, P-40s hit Manokwari, and B-25s bomb Samate. Lost on a training flight is B-24D "Mr. Five By Five" 42-40505.

TUESDAY, 10 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s abort a strike at Kashiwabara due to weather.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 28 P-47s support ground forces near Pinhe, bomb the towns of Tawbon and Man Naung, and hit targets of opportunity in and near Momauk. Transport operations to various points in the CBI continue at the rate of 250+ sorties.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb and considerably damage the Kunlong ferry; 38 P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack a bridge and other targets of opportunity near Mangshih, hit troop areas around Tanchuk and Wuchou, river traffic near Dosing, and locomotives and barges along the N French Indochina coast.

USN - - Admiral "Bull" Halsey's carrier aircraft begin sustained attacks on Japenese bases from the Ryukyus to the northern Phillippines in preparation for the amphibious assault on Leyte. As many as 1,000 planes are in action at once. The war also draws closer to Japan as planes from Vice Admiral Mitscher's fast carrier task force bomb coastal defenses and ships at Okinawa and other islands of the Ryukyu group.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 14 B-24s from Saipan bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima and shipping off the E shore. 24 P-47s pound buildings and storage caves on Pagan; later a B-24 bombs the radio station N of the airfield on Pagan. Twelve B-25s from Makin bomb Nauru Airfield runways and adjacent AA positions.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s strike oil refineries and an airfield in the Balikpapan area; the B-24s and escorting P-47s and P-38s claim 30+ Japanese fighters downed. P-38s and B-25s bomb Djailolo, Kaoe, and Hate Tabako Airfield and the Wasile town area. P-47s hit Liang Airfield on Ambon . In New Guinea, A-20s hit the Sarmi area and A-20s and B-25s bomb Urarom Airfield. Lost is A-20G 43-21631 (2 died, 2 rescued).

RNZAF: Lost is PV-1 Ventura NZ4575.

USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 13316 pilot rescued.

WEDNESDAY, 11 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s over Shimushiru and Paramushiru blow up three buildings and damage two others at Cape Namikawa.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s hit guns and enemy positions near Pinhe while 9 attack the town of Manwein and hit targets of opportunity in the area; 8 others hit the towns of Nayakaung and Nansiaung; 8 B-25s attack bridges at Man Pwe, Tahpalai, and Namyao damaging only the Man Pwe bridge; 23 P-47s hit troops and stores near Tawbon and at Hkawan, knock out Kawnghka bridge and damage the Wanling bridge. Transport flights continue to points throughout the CBI. The detachment of the 4th Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, operating from Yunnani returns to base at Sylhet, India with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s knock out a bridge S of Mangshih; 3 P-40s attack sampans from Tanchuk to Tengyun while 8 hit general targets of opportunity N of Mangshih.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s hit buildings on Pagan with rockets and bombs. A Kwajalein Atoll-based B-24 bombs Wake during the night.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the Koeandang and Langoan area on Celebes. P-38s pound Miti Airfield. A-20s and fighter-bombers attack Liang Airfield and Laha Airfield on Ambon, Kairatoe Airfield, Haroekoe Airfield and Namlea Airfield. Langgoer Airfield is bombed by P-47s and P-47s hit Babo Airfield while A-20s attack Sarmi troop concentrations. At night B-24s bomb Sasa, Matina and Buayoan Airfield. Lost on an administrative flight is B-25D "5 Minutes To Midnight" 41-30525.

RNZAF: Water looped and sunk is PBY Catalina NZ4013.

THURSDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): B-24s hit Matsuwa Airfield and shipping targets in the Matsuwa-Onnekotan area.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 18 P-47s bomb railroad targets in the Naba-Mawlu rail corridor damaging a bridge approach, and strike troops and stores near Nayakaung; 12 other P-47s hit various targets at Pintha and Nyaunggon; 4 B-25s knock out a bridge just N of Lashio and 3 others knock out a bridge at Kawlin and damage tracks near the Man Pwe bridge.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 3 B-25s and 12 P-40s hit the Chefang storage area and a bridge and general targets of opportunity in the Mangshih area; 40+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance covering wide areas of S China and extending into W Burma attack troop concentrations, river traffic, storage areas, and buildings in areas around Taochuan, Kweiping, Hsinganhsien, Yuncheng, Tanchuk, and Hsenwi.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): The following B-29 units are inactivated in India: HQ 58th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) and the 795th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 468th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), at Kharagpur; the 679th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 444th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) at Dudhkundi; the 771st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 462d Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), at Piardoba.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb the harbor and shipping at Chichi Jima and shipping S of Haha Jima, AA positions on Marcus, and the airfield area on Pagan. P-47s hit the Pagan Airfield area with bombs and rockets. B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wake during the night of 12/13. HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): The first B-29, JOLTIN' JOSIE, THE PACIFIC PIONEER, arrives on Saipan , piloted by Brigadier General Haywood S Hansell, Jr, Commanding General XXI Bomber Command, for whom temporary HQ are set up on Saipan; also the regular air echelon of HQ 73d Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) arrives on Saipan on this date, followed during Oct 44 and the first week in Nov 44 by 4 bombardment groups and 4 air service groups; HQ 313th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) will be established in the theater in Dec 44, HQ 314th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) in Jan 45, HQ 58th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) in Mar 45, and HQ 315th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) in Apr 45.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Ambesia Airfield, Langoan Airfield, Mapanget Airfield, and Sidate Airfield. B-25s, A-20s, and P-47s again pound airfields at Liang Airfield and Laha Airfield on Ambon, Namlea on Buru, Kairatoe Airfield and Haroekoe Airfield and the town of Boela. P-38s hit numerous targets of opportunity on Halmahera. Fighter-bombers hit Manokwari and Urarom and A-20s bomb pillboxes in the Sarmi area. Ditched are four P-38 Lightnings, pilots rescued three days later. Lost is C-47A Dakota 42-23704 and P-38L pilot Everhart (MIA).

FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): On Paramushiru, four B-25s bomb Kurabu Airfield and bomb and strafe buildings on Tomari Cape, scoring hits on canneries, warehouses, and barracks; later, four B-24s photograph and bomb targets at Kashiwabara.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 38 P-47s strike Okkyin, Yebyangale, and Theinlon, and hit troops in the Myothit area; 8 P-47s support ground forces in the Mohnyin area, 12 attack and considerably damage Wanling bridge and 4 hit targets of opportunity in the area. Transports fly 280+ sorties hauling troops and supplies to CBI terminals.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 138 P-40s and P-51s on numerous armed reconnaissance missions throughout S China and into W Burma attack troop areas, rivercraft, town areas, bridges, trucks, and other targets of opportunity; 71 of the fighter-bombers hit targets in the Kweiping area while the others attack targets around Chuanhsien, Litou, Shepchung, Tengyun, Lungfukwan, Kingshan, Mangshih, and Chefang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Yap. From the Marshall B-24s pound Truk Atoll. Gilbert -based B-25s bomb Nauru. In Hawaii, HQ 21st Fighter Group moves from Wheeler Field to Mokuleia Field.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Menado on Celebes and the surrounding area. P-38s hit AA positions, enemy concentrations, and other targets in NE Celebes and Halmahera. A-20s and fighter-bombers attack Boela, oil installations and Amahai Airfield, Kairatoe Airfield and Namlea Airfield. In New Guinea, the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), enroute from Guadalcanal to Morotai, sends a detachment to operate from Sansapor with F-5s (other detachments are at Bougainville and Noemfoor).

USN: Lost is F6F Hellcat 41715 (POW).

RAAF: Shot down is P-40N A29-688 (pilot killed).

SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 4 B-25s bomb and strafe buildings at Otomae Bay, Kurile .

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Transport aircraft fly 200+ sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in the CBI. The 165th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Asanol, India to Tamu, Burma with C-64s and L-5s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 32 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack troops, town areas, and river traffic around Samshui, Mangshih, Kweiping, Hsinganhsien, Konghow and Tajungchiang.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 103 Chengtu, China-based B-29s bomb the Okayama aircraft plant on Formosa; 12 more hit last-resort targets and targets of opportunity; this is the first Twentieth AF mission during which 100+ B-29s attack targets and the first of a series of missions against Formosa in conjunction with the US invasion of Leyte , Philippine.

USN - Admiral Halsey's Task Force 38 carries out more attacks on Formosa until the island is completely neutralized as a Japanese base. Lost is F6F Hellcat 58415.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 3 B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Marcus. P-47s on a sweep over Pagan bomb and strafe storage caves. 1 B-24 from the Marshall bombs Wake during the night of 14/15. HQ 41st Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 48th, 396th and 820th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) move from Makin to Wheeler Field with B-25s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again bomb oil refineries and associated industries in the Balikpapan area; others bomb Pombelaa mine on Celebes. A-20s, B-25s, and fighter- bombers again hit Laha Airfield on Ambon and Haroekoe Airfield. In New Guinea, HQ 374th Troop Carrier Group and the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron move from Nadzab to Biak with C-47s. Lost is P-47D "Claire-Doll III" 42-28500 (MIA).

RAAF - Lost over Manokwari is P-40N A29-824.

SUNDAY, 15 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s on armed reconnaissance over Paramushiru turn back when the flight drifts off course; one B-24 strafes a freighter off Shimushiru.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, about 40 P-47s attack positions in the Mohnyin area and at Man Naung, supply concentrations at Kyungyi, railroad targets in the Mawhun area, ammunition stores at Manwing, and buildings near Muse; 12 B-25s hit the town of Onbauk, storage facilities at Indaw, and vicinity of Thabeikkyin. Transport operations in the CBI continue on a large scale; the 71st Liaison Squadron, Tenth Air Force [attached to 1st Liaison Group (Provisional)], moves from Ledo to Sahmaw with L-4s and L-5s. In India, the 5th and 6th Fighter Squadrons (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, based in Asansol, send detachments to operate from Cox's Bazar with P-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 28 B-24s, 33 P-51s, and 18 P-40s pound White Cloud Airfield and shipping in the Hong Kong area; Two B-24s bomb Amoy; six fighter-bombers hit targets of opportunity near Mangshih and Tajungchiang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 27 B-24s from Saipan strike fuel storage, AA positions, and installations at the airfield on Iwo Jima; one B-24 bombs the airfield at Pagan. 2 B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Wake during the night of 15/16.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: A-20s again pound airfields and oil storage on Ceram; P-38s carry out a shipping sweep over the Flores area and on Halmahera bomb the Pitoe and Kaoe areas; P-38s bomb Amahai Airfield while bombers on armed reconnaissance hit nearby targets of opportunity. In New Guinea, P-47s attack Sagan Airfield; the 33d Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Port Moresby to Hollandia with C-47s; the 70th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Hollandia to Biak with C-47s. HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 405th and 823d Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) move from Biak to Morotai with B-25s. Lost is P-38 piloted by Ladd.

MONDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 7 B-24s fly cover sorties for a naval task force,

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 P-47s attack 2 railroad bridges in the Naba-Mawlu area, damaging approaches to both targets; 5 other P-47s hit Japanese forces in the NW part of Madangyang; 12 B-25s, supported by an escort of 8 P-47s, pound the airfield at Shwebo. Transports fly 300+ sorties in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 28 B-24s, 8 B-25s, 26 P-51s, and 21 P-40s blast shipping and the Kowloon Dock area of Hong Kong; 15 cargo vessels are damaged or sunk; 3 other P-51s hit the Wuchou area; 36 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s hit village and town areas, bridges, and troop concentrations in the Kweiping, Tanebuk, Hsinganbsien, Tingka, and Chefang areas.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Over 40 B-29s, out of Chengtu, bomb Okayama aircraft plant and Heito Airfield; 20+ other B-29s bomb alternate or chance targets at Takao, Taichu Airfield and Toshien Harbor on Formosa, and Swatow and Sintien harbors, Hengyang, and several airfields in China.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 15 P-47s and 1 B-24 from Saipan hit Pagan. From the Marshalls, 14 B-24s hit Truk. The 548th Night Fighter Squadron, 7th Fighter Wing, moves from Hickam Field to Kipapa Field with P-61s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-38s hit the harbor, shipping, airfield and trucks on Cagayan, Philippines. B-24s blast the Makassar area. B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers again pound the Boeroe-Ceram airfields and the towns of Boela and Amboina and hit shipping in Binnen Bay in the Moluccas. Fighter-bombers hit Timoeka Airfield and Mongosah Airfield and Sagan Airfield; Langgoer Airfield is pounded by A-20s. HQ 5th Bombardment Group and the 23d and 31st Bombardment Squadrons move from Noemfoor to Morotai with B-24s.

TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 7 B-24s fly cover sorties for a naval task force.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s bomb a supply area near Naba, hit Japanese HQ and a supply area near Mawhun, and blast a supply base and permanent camp at Myazedi; 8 B-25s bomb Nawnghkio airfield and 3 attack bridges near Kawlin and Thityabin; an approach to the latter bridge is damaged. Transports fly almost 300 sorties to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 B-25s, 12 P-40s, and 10 P-51s pound a supply depot at Tien Ho Airfield; 2 B-24s bomb a supply depot at Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong; 44 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack rivercraft, troop concentrations, villages, and other targets of opportunity around Kweiping, Tengyun, Mangshih, Tajungchiang, Wuchou, and Dosing; a runway at Tanchuk Airfield suffers considerable damage.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 10 B-29s, flying out of Chengtu, bomb Einansho air depot on Formosa; 14 others bomb alternate targets.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s from Saipan hit shipping off Haha Jima and the town of Okimura. During the night of 17/18 Oct, 1 B-24 bombs an airfield on Iwo Jima. B-25s from the Gilbert hit Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers and B-25s hit airfields, shipping and scattered targets of opportunity in the Halmahera area. In the Ceram -Ambon -Boeroe area A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers continue to pound airfields and oil facilities. In the principal strike of the day almost 60 B-24s hit oil installations, barracks, and shore targets on Ilang and N Davao Bay areas of Mindanano . HQ XIII Bomber Command moves from Wakde to Morotai . In New Guinea, HQ 433d Troop Carrier Group moves from Port Moresby to Biak ; the air echelon of the 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins operating from Borokoe with F-6s and P-40s (squadron is based on Morotai).

Dutch: Dutch submarine Hr. Ms. Zwaardvisch that fired a torpedo that hit and sank Itsukushima.

WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 1944
ALASKA Four B-25s bomb Kurabu Cape Airfield on Paramushiru and Suribachi; 8-12 interceptors attack the B-25s, which claim two victories.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA In Burma, 13 P-47s attack Mingaladon Airfield, 21 support ground forces in the Mohnyin area, 8 knock out 2 bridges at Wanting, and 6 hit troops near Hwemun; 6 B-25s damage approaches to 2 road bridges at Wuntho; 6 other B-25s damage approaches to 2 bridges at Namhkai and Meza. Transports again fly nearly 300 sorties to several locations in the CBI. In India, the 3d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, moves from Sylhet to Tulihal with C-47s.

CHINA In China, 100+ P-40s and P-51s fly armed reconnaissance over vast areas of China S of the Yangtze River, attack town areas, troops, rivercraft, gun positions, supply facilities, airfields, and other targets of opportunity around Kweiping, Shangkaishow, Tajungchiang, Konghow, Wuchou, Shepchung, Hsinganhsien, Tengyun, Liutu, Tanchuk, and Takhing. Railroad targets at Lang Son, French Indochina are also attacked. The flight of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, operating from Liangshan moves to Hanchung, China with F-5s (squadron is based at Kunming).

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA: B-24s out of Saipan bomb Haha Jima while P-47s bomb and strafe Pagan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: Bad weather curtails a major strike on Balikpapan of 120+ B-24s and fighters, only 8 B-24s and 8 P-38s reach the target. P-38s hit barges, small shipping, and vehicles on the west coast of Mindanao. B-24s attack Sagan Airfield and Babo Airfield. B-25s and fighter-bombers again hit Namlea Airfield, Amboina and Liang on Ambon, and nearby targets, attack targets of opportunity at Djailolo and in the Wasile Bay area, and pound Urarom, Manokwari, Babo, Sagan, Otawiri, and other Vogelkop area targets in New Guinea. HQ 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Wakde to  Morotai. The 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Nadzab to Biak with C-47s. Lost is P-61A Black Widow 42-5515 (MIA).

RAAF - Ditched near Manokwari is P-40N A29-641.

US Army - Destroyed by a mine on Peleliu is M4 Sherman "Honeysuckle Rose".

THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 1944
ALASKA: A single B-24 bombs Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 P-47s blast approaches to 2 bridges in the Mawlu area and 15 support ground forces in the Mohnyin area, hitting the village of Nyaunggaing and damaging a nearby bridge and pounding the railroad station at Kadu. In India, a detachment of the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, begins operating from Hathazari, India with C-47s (squadron is based at Sylhet, India).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 100+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance over S China hit numerous targets of opportunity from the Tungting Lake area to Luichow Peninsula; the fighter-bombers concentrate on rivercraft, troop compounds, and building areas; the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Chanyi, sends a detachment to operate from Chihkiang with F-5s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA: B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb a bridge, a pier, and the town area on Yap.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-24s hit Parepare, Celebes. Fighter-bombers hit Amboina and Boela Airfield and shipping from Zamboanga south into the Sulu-Mindanao area, pound the airfield at Cebu, hit nearby shipping, and strafe Miti, Djailolo, and Hate Tabako. A-20s and fighter-bombers blast airfields at Urarom, Sagan, and Babo; the 13th and 63d Troop Carrier Squadrons, 403d Troop Carrier Group, cease operating from Wakde with C-47s and returns to base on Biak. Flying out of in the remote Kimberly region of Western Australia, 18 B-24's of the 380th bomb Group took off from Truscott Airfield to bomb the Japanese inter-island shipping off Pare-Pare, Malili and Palopo.

USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 14039.

FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 P-47s hit encampments and stores near Naha; 5 others knock out a road bridge near Wanling and hit a supply dump in the area, while 4 more attack troops and supplies in the Nansiaung area. Transports fly 200+ sorties in the CBI. In India, the 490th Bombardment Squadron, 341st Bombardment Group, moves from Dergaon to Moran with B-25s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 18 B-25s bomb docks and storage area at Samshui and the town of Kweiping; 28 P-51s and P-40s join the attack on the Samshui area; 77 P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance pound road, river, and rail traffic, town and village areas and other targets of opportunity around Kweiping, Menghsu, Shawan, Kaotienhsu, Pingnam, Hsenwi, Wuchou, Dosing, Tanchuk, and coastal areas of French Indochina including Hongay.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 6 Saipan based P-47s bomb and strafe Pagan ; later in the day 4 B-24s hit the . During the night of 20/21 Oct a B-24 on a snooper mission bombs Iwo Jima. In Hawaii, HQ VII Fighter Command moves from Ft Shafter to Hickam Field; the 549th Night Fighter Squadron, 7th Fighter Wing, arrives at Kipapa Field from the US with P-61s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Davao. B-25s hit Amboina town, lost is B-25G 42-64946. In New Guinea, the 2d Photographic Charting Squadron, 311th Photographic Wing, arrives at Hollandia from the US with F-7s; the 6th Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Nadzab to Biak with C-47s; the ground echelon of the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, begins a movement from Biak to Leyte (air echelon continues operating from Biak with F-5s); the 67th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Squadron, moves from Hollandia to Biak with C-47s.

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s damage at least 3 bridges throughout the railroad corridor in N Burma; 15 other P-47s support ground forces in the Mohnyin area, hitting gun positions and defensive works at Ywathit; 12 others attack positions and occupied areas around Bhamo and Muse, 6 knock out the Paungni River bridge, and 4 attack the town of Mawhun; about 270 sorties are flown by Tenth AF transports in the CBI. The detachments of the 5th and 6th Fighter Squadrons (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, operating from Cox's Bazar, India with P-47s, return to base at Asansol.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-25s and 130+ P-40s and P-51s attack shipping, gun positions, troop areas, bridges, town areas, road traffic, and other targets of opportunity around Yuma, Takhing, Dosing, Konghow, Shawan, Kuanyang, Kweiping, Tungpingchi, Tingka, Muse, Wan Lai-Kam, Shekpo, Menghsu, and Amoy; the 530th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, moves from Dinjan to Kwanghan with P-51s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 28 B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. 2 B-24s, in the first US air strike from Guam hit Yap. The 26th, 98th and 431st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive on Guam from Kwajalein Airfield with B-24s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Cagayan in the Philippines and Parepare on Celebes . B-25s and fighter- bombers hit Misami, New Guinea and blast a truck convoy near Kibawe on Mindanao . Other fighter-bombers hit Kaoe Bay supply areas; fighter-bombers hit Boela Airfield and Amboina town. Mongosah and Sagan Airfields are also bombed. Ditched are: P-47D "Santa Maria" 43-25642, P-47D 42-25417, P-47D "Tot's Terror" 42-23235, P-47 43-25636, P-47D 42-75935, P-47D 42-75893, P-47D piloted by Taylor.

The ground echelon of the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins a movement from Biak to Leyte (air echelon operations from Biak with B-25s until Dec 44); the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak ceases operating from Wakde with C-47s.

SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 40+ P-47s hit a variety of targets including bridges at Panghkam, and at 2 other points along the N Burma rail corridor, the towns of Manna and Kyaungle, a bivouac in the Indaw area, and various targets of opportunity.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s knock out 2 railroad bridges at Pingnam while 8 P-51s pound the town area; 54 P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack town areas and general targets of opportunity at Nampang, Kuanyang, Shekpo, Pingnam, Kweiping, near Menghsu and Wanling, Burma.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Guam-based B-24s hit Yap with harassment raids during the day, operating singly or in groups of 2 or 3. Makin based B-25s bomb Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s and P-38s attack shipping in the Sulu Archipelago and Jolo Harbor and Zamboanga Harbor while B-24s hit Opon and Lahug on Cebu; B-25s hit Ternate on Samar and B-24s pound Matina Airfield and Likanan Airfield; and HQ 308th Bombardment Wing moves from Hollandia to Leyte. B-25s hit Piroe Bay supply dumps in the Moluccas and gun positions and fighter-bombers hit Kairatoe Airfield and Amahai Airfield and targets of opportunity in Binnen Bay. A-20s blast pillboxes and occupied areas in the Metimedan-Sawar Rivers sector of New Guinea. Missing is P-70A Havoc 42-54161.

MONDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s hit Kashiwabara; three more B-24s bomb Otomari and fly a photo mission over Onnekotan and five B-25s bomb the Asahi Bay area.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20 P-47s hit Japanese concentrations at Nanhlaing and Kyungyi; 16 support ground forces at Mawlu and Henu and in nearby areas; a bivouac area S of Indaw is pounded by 4 fighter-bombers while 7 knock out a bypass bridge at Panghkam; 3 B-25s blast train cars and sidings at Kyaukme, 3 hit a nearby motor pool, 2 hit a motor pool at Namhsim, and 1 blasts a rail line at Nawngpeng. Transports fly 270+ sorties in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 3 B-25s knock out a bridge at Lobochai while 7 P-40s hit trucks and locomotives nearby; 6 B-25s and 11 P-51s pound the town area of Menghsu; 50+ P-40s and P-51s hit small towns and other targets of opportunity in the Menghsu area; 40+ others attack shipping, bridges, and general targets of opportunity around Anfu, Kweiping, Shepchung, Kuanyang, Ssuwangshu, Mangshih, Chefang, Panghkam, Takhing, Tanchuk, Dosing, Wuchou, and Tengyun and Wanling, Burma.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 B-24s from Guam bomb Yap, 2 from Saipan hit Pagan and, during the night of 23/24 Oct, 1 bombs Iwo Jima.

LEYTE - McArthur reinstalls the legitimate government of the Philippines.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and P-38s maintain shipping sweeps in the Makassar area. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers hit oil storage at Boela, Amboina town, two airfields and other targets in the Amboina Ceram-Boeroe area. Fighter-bombers hit Sagan while A-20s support ground forces further E in the Sawar River-Orai River area. In the Philippines, vehicles and small vessels in the Mindanao area are attacked by fighter-bombers while B-25s attack small shipping in the Sulu Archipelago. Fighter-bombers over Halmahera hit scattered bivouacs. In New Guinea, the detachment of the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), ceases operating from Noemfoor with F-5s (the ground echelon is enroute from Guadalcanal, Solomons to Morotai and other detachment are operating from Bougainville, Solomon and Sansapor. The 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, moves from Owi to Morotai with P-47s.

USN: Lost is PB4Y-1 32277  pilot Lewis October 23, 1944

TUESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): On Paramushiru, three B-24s bomb Kashiwabara and Kurabu Cape; 4 B-25s weather-abort a photo mission. Two others on a shipping sweep off Kurabu hit a freighter, which is observed listing and smoking, and strafe 2 subchasers.

(CBI) : The CBI Theater is split into 2 theaters, China and India-Burma.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): About 80 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over SE China, SW China, and E Burma hit runways, storage facilities, town areas, troops, horses, gun positions, and other targets of opportunity around Amoy, Lohochai, Tanchuk, Sinthe, Menghsu, Pingnam, Mangshih and Chefang, and Lashio, Burma. HQ Fourteenth AF is reassigned from US Army Forces, CBI Theater to US Forces, China Theater.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma from 24 Oct through 27 Oct, fighter-bombers and B-25s steadily support Allied troops on the N Burma front, pounding road and rail communications, troop concentrations and supply dumps, and sweeping airfields; the strikes include close support of British troops advancing on the right flank of the front known as the "Rail Corridor," and of Chinese forces pushing down the left flank along the Myitkyina-Bhamo road.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Guam based B-24s bomb Yap while Saipan based P-47s hit Pagan.

USN - The U. S. 3rd Fleet steams north in pursuit of a Japanese decoy squadron allowing other Japanese ships to attack US landing forces on the beach at Leyte

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Buayoan Airfield on Mindanao while B-25s on armed reconnaissance hit small shipping and troops. B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers hit the Sandakan area. P-38s bomb Amboina reservoir areas. A-20s and fighter-bombers again pound Babo, Moemi, Sagan, Manokwari, Otawiri, and other Vogelkop Peninsula area targets. The following units move from New Guinea to Leyte : HQ 85th Fighter Wing from Hollandia; HQ 49th Fighter Group and the 7th and 9th Fighter Squadrons from Biak to Tacloban with P-38s. The 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Noemfoor to Morotai (Pitu) with B-24s.

WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1944
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s and 4 P-38s damage railroad tracks at Dara bridge in Thailand. In China, 7 P-38s and P-51s hit the Mongyu bridges and destroy the Kawnghka bridge; 4 others strafe Nawnghkio Airfield; 20+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack targets of opportunity at Tengyun, Kweiping, and Ssuanghsu, and about 50 strike targets throughout the Menghsu area.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 59 B-29s, flying out of Chengtu, bomb an aircraft plant at Omura, Kyushu; several other B-29s hit alternate targets and targets of opportunity.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 29 Saipan based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima during the morning. Later during the day 4 B-24s from Saipan and Guam, on armed reconnaissance missions, bomb Yap . 8 P-47s from Saipan bomb Pagan. HQ 11th Bombardment Group moves from Kwajalein Airfield to Guam.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 50+ B-24s, supported by P-38s and P-47s, attack naval forces in the Mindanao Sea firing small vessels and claiming a light cruiser damaged. B-24s bomb Ambesia Airfield and attack shipping in the Makassar-Kendari area. In the Moluccas, fighter-bombers hit barges and villages in areas of Dodinga and Wasile Bays. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers hit Piroe and Saparoea in the Moluccas, Boela, Halong and Amboina, Haroekoe and north Ceram coastal targets. A-20s pound supply and fuel dumps in the Sarmi area. The 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group moves from Biak to Tacloban with P-38s; and the 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, moves from Owi to Tacloban, Leyte with P-38s and P-61s.

RAAF - Lost over Manokwari is P-40N A29-821 (MIA) and Walrus X9559 (crew KIA / POW)

USN - During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Yamato is damaged on her bow area and takes on 3,000 tons of sea water, but survived the battle.

THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s which abort a naval task force cover mission after failing to find the ships, two bomb installations on Onnekotan.

THEATER CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-24s and B-25s attack shipping off the E Luichow Peninsula; B-25s also hit river shipping from Dosing to Takhing and a Yellow River bridge; fighters attack the town of Menghsu, hit targets of opportunity around Menghsu and Kweiping, and make an armed reconnaissance attack on Hongay, French Indochina; B-25s and fighters bomb railroad yards at Hsuchang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 Saipan based P-47s bomb and strafe Pagan. 15 B-25s based in the Gilberts, bomb Nauru Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack a naval force of 2 battleships, 5 aircraft carriers, and 5 destroyers W of Panay; hits are claimed on a battleship and 2 carriers; on Mindanao , P-38s hit vehicles in the Davao area and B-25s bomb Iligan. On Halmahera, P-40s attack targets of opportunity in the Dodinga-Kaoe Bay area, Djailolo, supply area south of Galela, and guns south of Doro. A-20s and B-25s bomb Urarom; the 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 3d Air Commando Group, arrives at Nadzab with C-47s. Lost is G4M2 Betty with pilots of the 201st Kokutai:

USN - The last attack in a month long demonstration of the TDR assault drone was made by Special Task Air Group, thereby concluding the first use of the guided missile in the Pacific. During the demonstration a total of 46 drones were expended of which 29 reached the target areas: two attacked a lighthouse on Cape St. George, making one hit which demolished the structure; nine attacked anti-aircraft emplacements on beached ships achieving six direct hits and two near misses; and 18 attacked other targets in the Shortlands and Rabaul areas making 11 hits.

USN: STAG-1 launches TDR-1 Drones against Cape St. George.

Off Los Angeles, P-51D Mustang 44-15669 is lost on a ferry flight.

FRIDAY, 27 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 7 B-24s weather-abort an attempt to fly cover for a naval task force.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters bomb and strafe the town of Mengmao and nearby hill positions, river traffic, troops, and horses from Tanchuk to Tengyun, bridges NE of Hsinganhsien, the town of Kaotienhsu, troops in the Kweilin area, rail traffic W of Puchi, and airfields at Siangtan and Changsha.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): HQ Tenth AF is reassigned from AAF, India-Burma Sector to AAF, India-Burma Theater.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 2 B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Yap. During the night of 27/28 Oct a B-24 on a snooper mission hits Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 40+ fighter-bombers, operating in 3 waves, hit shipping off Cebu and W of Mactan. B-24s attack Malili and Palopo on Celebes .

SATURDAY, 28 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 8 B-25s fly cover for a naval task force.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters strafe villages, troops, and horses in the Menghsu-Konghow area, pound bridges around Kaotienhsu, and hit Yangtong Airfield and shipping at Hongay, French Indochina and Wuchou.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ fighter-bombers pound numerous targets including town areas, troops, railroad facilities, and a variety of targets of opportunity at Mannaun, Manoi, Sinkan, Winwa, Man Mao, Myazedi, Pinwe, Naba, Yebawgyi, and Kangon.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Haha Jima while others, from Guam hit Yap. Saipan based P-47s bomb Pagan. In Hawaii, the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, VII Fighter Command, moves from John Rodgers Airport to Kipapa Field with P-47s and P-61s (a detachment is operating from Saipan).

(Twentieth Air Force): Marianas based XX Bomber Command flies its first combat mission when fourteen B-29s attack submarine pens on Dublon; 4 others, 1 carrying Brigadier General Haywood S Hansell, Jr, Commanding General XXI Bomber Command, abort; about a third of the bombs fall in the general target area.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s, fighting bad weather, bomb Puerto Princesa Airfield. During the night of 28/29 Oct, B-24s bomb the Wilhelmina Docks area on Celebes. B-25s and P-38s blast town of Amboina. HQ 475th Fighter Group moves from Biak to Dulag.

SUNDAY, 29 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): On Paramushiru four B-25s on reconnaissance hit Tomari Cape buildings and a freighter which is left listing.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters in support of Chinese ground forces blast hill positions in the Lungling and Mangshih areas; others damage a bridge at Sinshih, bomb Kweiyi and Paoching, hit railroad targets between Siaokan and Sinyang, and strafe airfields at Chingmen, Tangyang, and Ichang.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ fighter-bombers again attack a wide variety of targets including troop concentrations, bridges, supply dumps, and numerous targets of opportunity at Kawlin, Wingnang, Hsenwi, Bhamo, Shwegu, Kyungon, Tugyaung, Yebyangale, Henu, and Kayin.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 19 B-24s from Saipan bomb Chichi Jima. Two B-24s from Guam strike Yap .

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers and B-25s, operating in small forces, are active against airfields, AA positions, and targets of opportunity on Halmahera. Fighter-bombers hit Ransiki while fighter-bombers, A-20s, and B-25s bomb Urarom and Soeli and strafe targets of opportunity throughout the Urarom-Kaimana area. HQ 13th AF moves from Noemfoor to Morotai . The 63d and 64th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak begin operating from Wakde and Noemfoor respectively with C-47s. Force landed on a ferry flight are P-47D "Tojo Special" 42-23249 and P-47D 42-75921. Lost is B-24J 42-110120.

USN: Lost is PV-1 34799.

MONDAY, 30 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s fly armed reconnaissance over Matsuwa and Onnekotan.

THEATER CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 13 B-24s lay mines in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. P-40s bomb installations around Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina and hit junks at sea. The detachment of the 529th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, operating from Hsian with P-51s, returns to base at Pungchacheng.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 B-25s knock out bridges at Namhkai, Wuntho, Thegyaung, and Nankan and damage others at Okkyin and Zawchaung; 50+ P-47s knock out the Hpao Nam River bridge and strafe targets of opportunity at several locations; hit several bridges throughout the N Burma rail corridor, damaging or knocking out each target; support ground forces at Naba Station and Pinwe; and hit troop concentrations at Mansi and Manyut.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 B-24s on armed reconnaissance missions from Guam bomb Yap . 1 B-24 snooper from Saipan, during the night of 30/31 bombs Iwo Jima. Saipan based P-47s hit Pagan. B-25s from Makin strike Nauru.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Eight B-29s from the Marianas bomb submarine pens on Dublon, 9 others bomb two miles beyond the target.

USN - The U.S. 5th Air Force and 13th Air Force together with carrier-borne aircraft of the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets stage massive attacks against the Phillipines in preparation for landing on Mindoro.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine , B-24s pound Bacolod Airfield. B-25s and fighter-bombers hit San Roque Airfield and barges at Zamboanga. P-38s hit Sandakan Airfield. B-24s bomb the wharf area at Makassar, while P-40s, over the NE peninsula, hit various targets of opportunity. P-38s hit Piroe on Ceram. Urarom Airfield is bombed by A-20s and B-25s.

TUESDAY, 31 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s score direct hits on a cannery at Tomari Cape on Paramushiru and leave nearby buildings burning; one of two B-25s hit by AA heads for and safely lands in the USSR.

THEATER AAF, INDIA-BURMA SECTOR: The 427th Night Fighter Squadron arrives at Pandaveswar from Italy with P-61s (first mission is 23 Nov).

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Six P-51s hit shipping targets of opportunity at Swatow and Amoy; about 70 fighters support Chinese ground forces by pounding positions in the Lungling area; 4 B-25s and 12 P-40s bomb a railroad bridge at Pengpu.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Buram, 60+ P-47s attack occupied areas and supply areas at Namun, Bhamo, and Nakang, and railroad bridges, locomotive shelters, and rolling stock along the Kyaikthin-Naba line; 2 B-25s attack targets of opportunity from Katha to Bhamo along the Irrawaddy River.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): During the night of 31 Oct/l Nov a B-24 on a snooper mission from Saipan Island bombs Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-47s and A-20s bomb Kairatoe Airfield and Saharoe village on Celebes Island. B-25s and P-40s hit Loloda and Soasioe in the Moluccas Islands. P-38s and A-20s, concentrating on airfields, attack Samate Efman, Sagan, and Doom Island. Force landed is XB-24 "Liberty Belle" 42-40686.

 

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