March 2, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 2 MARCH 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 9 B-24s fly a futile shipping search over the Kurile Islands;
turned back by a weather front, they either jettison or bring back their bombs.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 P-51s bomb artillery positions in
the Maingkwan area; Twenty P-40s hit a fuel dump at Myitkyina, artillery at Shingban,
and trucks on a road near Walawbum; 8 A-36s and P-51s hit an encampment on Pagoda
Peak near Mogaung. HQ 81st Fighter Group arrives at Karachi from Italy.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 4 B-25s sink a small steamer
near Mon Cay and bomb railroad shops and coal treating plant at Campho. In
China, 10 P-38s damage 2 bridges and strafe 2 barracks areas north of Nanchang;
2 P-40s bomb and strafe the airfield and barracks at Kengtung.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24's from Makin and Abemama bomb Ponape and Kusaie. B-25s bomb Maloelap.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-40s join USN fighters in covering a USN dive bomber strike on shipping
installations in the Keravia Bay area; 12 B-25s pound Rabaul while
11 others, with USN fighter support, bomb Rapopo; shortly afterwards, 20 escorted
B-24's blast the town area of Rabaul;
14 P-38s follow immediately with a strike on the same target. P-39s hit Japanese-occupied
Piano and Monoitu Mission. 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter
Group, based in the Russells begins operating from Bougainville with P-39s;
the squadron will convert to P-38s in April.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, 80+ B-24s and
P-40s hit the Hansa Bay area including Nubia Airfield, and the Madang-Alexishafen area.
60+ B-25s and A-20s pound enemy forces on Los Negros as Allied ground forces
occupy Momote Airfield; P-47s providing cover for the B-25s claim 7 enemy fighters
U. S. Army:
U. S. Army 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Brigade captures Momote Airfield.