SUNDAY, 23 JANUARY 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 19 B-24's, in 2 waves, attack
shipping at Mergui, claiming a 350-ft (107 m) vessel and 2 small boats destroyed;
6 B-25's and 16 P-38's knock out a bridge at Myittha, damage a bridge at Samon,
and damage several trucks and railroad cars; 28 A-36's and P-51's and a single
B-25 pound supply dumps at Kamaing and Mogaung, achieving excellent results;
Sixteen P-40's hit Myitkyina Airfield, railroad cars at Pidaung, and a railroad bridge
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 28 P-40's and 9 B-25's from Kweilin pound Kai Tek Airfield and two B-25's heavily damage
3 merchant vessels south of Wenchow.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 21 B-25's from Tarawa and Abemama hit Taroa; the B-25's
claim 3 fighters shot down; 23 B-24's, flying out of Makin and Abemama bomb Wotje at dusk. A single B-24 bombs Mille during return flight after
developing engine trouble.
USMC / SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 80 AAF,
USN and US Marine Corps fighters support 60+ USN SBD Dauntless on a strike
against Lakunai Airfield and Matupi Harbor. They claim 30+ Japanese aircraft;
3 Allied fighters are lost including F4U Corsair 50166 (pilot rescued); later, 40+ fighters sweep the Rabaul area. During
the night of 23/24 Jan, 7 B-25's hit Tobera and Lakunai. Twenty P-39's strafe targets
of opportunity in the Shortland area. 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group,
transfers from Woodlark to Russells with P-39's.
USMC: Lost is F4U Corsair 50166 (rescued) and F4U Corsair 49891 (POW).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 35 B-24's, with
fighter escort bomb Wewak; 50 Japanese fighters intercept; in the ensuing air
battle U. S. aircraft claim 12 of the fighters shot down; five US fighters are lost lost is P-40N piloted by Crowley (MIA), P-38H 42-66539 (MIA), P-38J 42-67152 (MIA) and P-38H 42-66852 (MIA);
P-39's strafe barges and AA positions at Uligan Harbor and on the Rai Coast, lost is P-39 piloted by McAlarney (MIA).
In New Britain, A-20's hit forces and AA positions near Cape Raoult and Gasmata. B-24's hit Flores. 25th Liaison Squadron, V Bomber Command
attached to 512th Photographic Wing (Provisional), begins moving from Brisbane to Lae with L-5's.
JAAF: Shot down is Ki-43 pilot Nongo (MIA).