February 10, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 9 B-24s bomb the Ban Mah arsenal at Bangkok and
Don Maung Airfield immediately to the N. In Burma, 3 B-24s bomb Prome and Akyab,
9 B-25s pound Chiradan and Godusara, and 16 P-51s hit barracks and a road at
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 8 P-40s bomb Wanling and vicinity while 3 others fly top cover; the target area, a supply staging and training center, is heavily damaged; 5 B-24s during the night of 9/10 Feb mine the mouth of the Yangtze River; B-25s on sea sweeps claim two freighters sunk near Hainan and southwest of Hong Kong; Twelve P-51s and P-38s strafe boats and parked aircraft in the Chiuchiang area; Twelve P-40s strafe power boats and sampans along the Yangtze River from Puchi to Yoyang.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Tarawa hit Wotje and Maloelap; nine B-24s from Abemama sent to bomb a weather and radio station on Rongelap Island, abort due to a fuel leak in the lead B-24; an attempt to bomb Jaluit during the return flight is unsuccessful.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-40s, USMC and USN fighters cover a USN dive-bomber attack on Vunakanau Airfield; B-25s
with fighter escort bomb the same target later in the day; Tobera is pounded by 21
B-24s supported by P-38s and USN fighters; the Allied aircraft claim 30+ aircraft
downed in the New Britain area. P-39s hit buildings at Bonis and barges in Matchin Bay and near Green
Lost are F4U Corsair 02566 (rescued) and TBF Avenger 25303 (KIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 50+ B-24s bomb Boram
Airfield and Wewak Harbor. 6 B-25s and a B-24 hit Momote Airfield and jetties at Manus. P-39s strafe targets of opportunity during a sweep
over wide areas of New Britain. The junction of Allied forces from Arawe and Cape Gloucester marks the completion of the campaign for the W end of New
Britain; occasional missions will still be flown in the area, but most
will be restricted to barge sweeps and patrols. Lost is C-47 Dakota 42-92051 (1 MIA, 3 survived).
RAAF: P-40K Kittyhawk A29-183 force lands at Vivigani Airfield.