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January 10, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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MONDAY, 10 JANUARY 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 A-36's and P-51's hit a bivouac area at Nanyaseik; and 15 P-40's attack a bridge at Namti, damaging railroad tracks and the S approach to the bridge. During the night of 9/10 Jan, Seven B-24's lay mines in the Menam River estuary near Bangkok and in the Rangoon River estuary. B-24's during the day bomb marshalling yard and airfield in the Bangkok area and hit the main jetty at Akyab. 9 B-25's mine the Mokpalin, Burma ferry crossing over the Sittang River. 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force, transfers from Dinjan to Sylhet with C-47's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 8 P-51's bomb the approach to the Kienchang bridge and attack a troop train N of Teian damaging the train and killing an estimated 100 soldiers; Three B-25's and eight P-40's sweep the area from Anking to Chiuchiang, sinking a large motor launch, two 100' barges, and a tug on the Yangtze River, and attacking a bridge at Teian and tracks south of Chiuchiang; 2 B-25's and 4 P-40's attack shipping on the Yangtze River near Wusueh, sinking a launch and leaving 3 tankers burning. 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Chakulia to Yangkai with B-25's.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Four P-39's from Makin strafe Mille Atoll; 1 of the P-39's drops two 500-lb bombs on the fuel storage area; during the night of 10/11 Jan, sixteen B-24's, staging through Tarawa from Ellice bomb Maloelap; Four B-24s staging from Canton via Baker hit Mille. 392nd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Canton to Abemama with B-24's.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Major General Hubert R Harmon, Commanding General, begins a heavy bomber campaign of night strikes. 5th Bombardment Group night raids sending 20 B-24's on a strike against Lakunai Airfield, after a morning raid by 10 B-24's against nearby Vunakanau Airfield. Five B-24's hit the Kahili supply area, while four hit the Chinatown area of Buka. AAF and USN fighters cover a USN dive bomber strike against Cape Saint George.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 100+ heavy, medium, and light bombers, and fighters attack Madang, Alexishafen, and Bogadjim areas and the coastline from Madang to Sio. P-39's strafe scattered villages and barges on New Britain. B-25's bomb Koepang. Transfers to Nadzab New Guinea: 33d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 22d Bombardment Group (Medium), from Dobodura with B-25's; squadron will be redesignated 33d Bombardment Squadron on 3 Feb and transition to B-24's. 69th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, from Port Moresby with C-47's.

USMC: SBD Dauntless 06738 (crew rescued) ditched off Gizo.

RAAF: Lost is Boomerang A46-53 (survived).



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