February 29, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 29 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 7 B-25s knock spans out of 2 bridges
N of Taungtha and damage bridges S of Myingyan and between Panaing and Mahlaing;
7 B-25s and 4 P-51s bomb a radio station at Sinkan, score near misses on a
bridge below Kawlin, and knock out 2 bridges in the Ye-u area. 40+ P-51s, A-36s
and P-40s hit a supply area S of Seton, camp and stores near Mogaung (at Pagoda
Peak), and railroad station at Myitkyina.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 B-24s pound the warehouse area at
Yoyang, causing several fires and secondary explosions; 12 B-25s bomb Yoyang
railroad yards; 16 P-40s provide support; 2 B-25s on a sweep of the NE China
coast sink 3 sampans and damage a merchant ship at Siachwan Tao; 6 P-40s bomb
and strafe ammunition dumps at Kunlong; 12 P-38s and P-51s sink a large motor
launch NE of Anking, strafe barracks and 3 tugs in the Teian area, hit barracks
NW of Nanchang and strafe railroad installations at Yangsin; 4 P-40s hit a
barracks W of Nanchang; 2 B-25s sink a large river craft on the Yangtze River
near Chiuhsienchen and damage 2 more nearby.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s bomb Maloelap, Mille and Wotje; B-25s hit Jaluit and Mille; P-40s attack Mille.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23
B-25s, with USN fighter escort, pound the Rabaul area; later 12 P-38s hit targets
in the same area. 16 AAF fighters, along with 16 USN fighters, hit targets
of opportunity throughout S Bougainville and Shortland.
Numerous other fighters, in forces of varying sizes, attack barges and scattered
targets of opportunity throughout the N Solomons, Bismarck Archipelago, and
waters in between.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Allied amphibious forces land
on Los Negros, temporarily taking Momote Airfield and then falling back
to the beachhead on Jamandilai Point; weather prevents full air support but
seven B-24s and 8 B-25s manage to attack enemy positions and guns; Other B-24s
and A-20s hit Erima, Wewak, Tadji, Awar and Hollandia. Lost is B-24D 42-72899 and B-25D "BAR-FLY" 41-30593 (survived)
RAF: Liberators bomb Rangoon. Over the target, enemy fighters intercept the formation. Lost is Liberator VI "Daring Diana" BZ962 (MIA).