SATURDAY, 22 JANUARY 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): HQ 343d Fighter Group transfers from Amchitka to Attu.
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 B-24's bomb an encampment
at Prome; 16 A-36's and P-51's and a single B-25 attack communications and supply
dumps between Kumnyen and Ngamaw Ga; 12 A-36's and P-51's support ground forces
in the Sumprabum area; 11 P-40's severely damage the Namkwin railroad bridge.
492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers
from Panagarh to Madhaiganj with B-24's.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 11 P-40's and 5 P-51's strafe the newly
opened Nanchang Airfield, killing about 20 troops and destroying an airplane
and a truck; 12 P-38's knock out bridges at Shektan and Sheklung.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Eighteen B-24's, flying
from Tarawa hit targets on Kwajalein, Jaluit and Mille;
10 B-25's from Abemama hit Maloelap; 9 others, flying out of Tarawa, bomb shipping and shore installations at Wotje; 3 B-25's are lost
during the day's missions including B-25G 42-64948 (MIA) and B-25G 42-64949 (MIA). The bombers claim ten Japanese aircraft are claimed shot down.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force) / USMC: 27 B-25's, escorted by 90+ fighters including 16 Corsairs from VMF-321 (11 F4U Corsairs and 5 FG Corsairs) plus P-38s, P-40s and F6Fs and RNZAF P-40s attack Lakunai Airfield, doing considerable damage
to runway and revetment areas; they claim 18 Japanese aircraft; 1 B-25 and 4
fighters are lost including B-25D 41-30658 (MIA), FG Corsair 13270 (MIA) and FG Corsair 14212 (rescued). Also, 6 B-25's and 30+ B-24's pound the town of Rabaul.
RNZAF: Twelve P-40s from 15 Squadron escorted USAAF B-25s over Rabaul. Lost was P-40N NZ3186 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25's strafe villages, bridges,
and barges from Cape Gourdon to Cape Croisilles and hit shipping
at Papitalai, Los Negros sinking a small vessel and a barge and severely damaging
a jetty. A-20's, P-40's and RAAF aircraft hit numerous scattered targets of
opportunity on New Britain. Lost on a test flight is P-38G 42-12711 (KIA).