February 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): P-51s and A-36s carry out 70+ sorties against
a variety of targets in Burma; targets include the supply area at Shingban,
a truck convoy N of Maingkwan, supply dumps and motor transport in the Kamaing
area, a bivouac near Mogaung, troop and vehicle concentrations between Mogaung
and Kamaing, artillery positions at Laawn Ga, and railroad station and warehouses
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 40+ B-24s from the 11th and 90th
Bombardment Groups (Heavy), flying out of Makin and Tarawa strike Ponape in the first Seventh Air Force raid on the Caroline Islands;
two of the B-24s hit the alternate target Emidj.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force):
Over Bougainville the weather
clears, permitting the first attacks, by nineteen B-25s,on Kara and Kahili, in recent
weeks; P-39s attack Puriata River bridges. P-40s
and USN fighters escort a USN dive-bomber raid on Tobera gun positions and
airfield revetments; 4 B-25s also bomb Tobera. Thirty
escorted B-25s pound Vunakanau Airfield while 28 B-24s, also with escort, bomb Rapopo
bomb the Rabaul area as a diversionary strike while USMC TBFs lay mines in Simpson
Harbor at dark.
USMC: At dark, TBF Avengers from VMTB-233 lay mines in Simpson Harbor. Six are lost: TBF
47506 (3 POW died in captivity), TBF 06311 (3 MIA), TBF 24264 (3 MIA), TBF
24340 (1 POW died in captivity, 2 MIA), TBF 25327 (3 MIA), TBF 25316 (3 MIA).
New Zealand Army: Lands at Green
Island and the location will be quickly developed into a forward airfield for Allied operations against Rabaul.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s with P-40 support, bomb
and strafe Dagua Airfield destroying and damaging 20+ aircraft. Lost are P-40N 42-104986 (rescued) and P-47D 42-22662 (MIA). Crashed in an emergency landing attempt is L-5A 42-98066 (survived). 80+
plus B-25s pound Momote Airfield. 40+ B-24s bomb the airfields
at Kavieng Airfield and Panapai. 20th Combat Mapping Squadron,
6th Photographic Group, moves from Port Moresby to Nadzab with F-7s; first mission is 5 April.
USN: Crashed is PV-1 33361 (MIA).