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January 30, 1944
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SUNDAY, 30 JANUARY 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25's attack bridges at Meza, Zawchaung, and N of Kyungon; Meza bridge is put out of commission, Kyungon bridge demolished, and Zawchaung bridge damaged; a locomotive and tender are destroyed at the latter target; and a single B-25 attacks vehicles and other targets of opportunity between Taihpa Ga and Tsumhpawng Ga.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 20 P-40's fly armed reconnaissance over east Burma, eight of them strafe buildings at Loi wing Airfield, Burma.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-40's and P-39's maintain patrols over Mille, bombing and strafing Mille Airfield to prevent its use by the enemy against invading US forces; B-24's maintain all-night strikes against Kwajalen Atoll in preparation for the invasion the following morning; the invasion of Majuro begins during the night of 30/31 Jan.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 20 P-39's attack Kunrai, Bougainville. 26 B-25's, with large fighter cover, bomb Lakunai Airfield; 18 B-24's, supported by fighters, hit Vunakanau Airfield; 50 Allied fighters support a USN dive bomber strike on shipping in the Rabaul area; altogether 20+ Japanese fighters are claimed shot down.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 34 B-25's bomb the Hansa Bay area and Nubia. Lost is B-25D 41-30594 (MIA). A-20's fly a barge sweep along the north coast and P-39's strafe barges and fuel dumps at Rein Bay. 90th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group , transfers from Dobodura to Nadzab with A-20's.

RAAF: Bostons from 22 Squadron bomb Linderhafen. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target and lost near Cape Dampier is A-20C Boston A28-27 (MIA). Also lost is Avro Anson LT294 (MIA).



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