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January 19, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 19 JANUARY 1944

(Tenth Air Force): 16 B-24's bomb the marshalling yard and Don Maung railroad station at Bangkok. In Burma, 4 P-40's hit the town of Wakshang; 26 A-36's and P-51's hit targets along roads from Ngamaw Ga to Maingkwan to Mashi Daru.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 14 P-40's and 2 B-25's attack the barracks area at Mon Cay, French Indochina.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Seventeen B-25's from Tarawa flying at low altitude hit Mille. The B-25's score hits on gun positions, fuel dumps, and hit Mille Airfield area in general; AA fire claims B-25G 41-30613 (MIA).

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Attacks during the day are limited to isolated strikes on shipping and other targets of opportunity by aircraft on armed reconnaissance over Bougainville, New Ireland, and Saint George Channel. During the night of 19/20 Jan, 11 B-24's, in 2 waves, fly strikes against Rabaul and Vunakanau.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 57 B-24's bomb Boram; 17 more bomb Amboina and Halong; and 2 others score hits on freighter near Aitape. 65 B-25's, along with RAAF aircraft pound positions in the Shaggy Ridge area. Two P-39's bomb barges in the Cape Raoult, New Britain area. 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group begins transfer from Brisbane to Lae with F-5's. Lost are A-20G 42-86620 (rescued), A-20G 42-86724 (rescued), B-24J "Doodlebug" 42-73117 (rescued/KIA) and B-24J "Paper Doll" 42-73187 (POW/MIA).



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