THURSDAY, 20 JANUARY 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):
In N Burma, 40+ A-36's and P-51's hit storage dumps along the railway in the
Mogaung area and billets and warehouse area at Mohnyin. In S Burma, 16 P-38's
and 6 B-25's knock out a railroad bridge, pipeline, and railroad tracks in the
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Two B-24's on sweep from Hong Kong to Swatow, China attack a freighter and a tanker, which are reported sinking.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 13 B-24's, staging
through Tarawa hit Wotje during the night of 19/20 Jan. Lost is B-24D "Sexy Sue" 41-23938. Eight B-25's from Abemama bomb Rakaaru; other B-25's sent from Tarawa
Atoll against shipping at Ailinglapalap Atoll, abort because of bad weather;
nine P-40's from the Gilberts strafe a corvette and a schooner at Jaluit Atoll,
mortally damaging both vessels; four other P-40's bomb Mille. HQ 11th Bombardment
Group and 98th Bombardment Squadron transfer from Funafuti and Nukufetau respectively to Tarawa with B-24's.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Several targets on Bougainville
are bombed by 2 squadrons of B-24's. 18 B-25's, with about 70 escorting fighters,
pound the airfield, fuel dump and gun positions, at Vunakanau Airfield. Lost is B-25C "Skilla" 42-64570 (MIA) and P-38J "Hollywood Hep Cat" 42-67618 (MIA). HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) and 75th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)
transfer from the Renard Field to Sterling with B-25's.
USMC: Lost are F4U 02402 (MIA), F4U 17914 (POW) and F4U 55835 (MIA).
IJN: Shot down is A6M Zero piloted by Ishida.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 37 B-25's and
a B-24 bomb and strafe the Hansa Bay area; 60+ B-25's hit positions on Shaggy
Ridge; and P-39's strafe troops at Weber Point. 25 A-20's hit positions between Borgen Bay and Rein Bay and hit barge hideouts and enemy held
areas on Gasmata. Transfers in New Guinea: HQ 71st Reconnaissance Group from Port Moresby to Nadzab; "A" flight
of the 110th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter), 71st Reconnaissance Group, based
at Port Moresby, begins operating
from Gusap with P-39 Airacobras. Lost is P-39Q 42-19041 (KIA).