March 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 6 MARCH 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s knock the center span out
of the Sittang bridge and blast 2 AA positions; 14 B-25s lay mines around Kham
Yai bomb nearby Prong and hit the marshalling yard at Pegu; 18 P-51s and P-40s attack Sawnghka bridge with poor results, start fires
near Lalawng Ga, and bomb dumps near Walawbum. A flight of the 20th Tactical
Reconnaissance Squadron, AAF India-Burma Sector (attached to Tenth Air Force),
begins operating from Kisselbari with P-40s; the squadron is based at Guskhara.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): A-24s and P-40s from Makin bomb
and strafe runways at Mille Airfield. B-25s from Tarawa pound Wotje Airfield.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On Bougainville, P-39s hit Monoitu Mission and huts and bridge on the Miwo River. 24 B-25s with fighter
escort, pound Tobera, while 24 B-24s and 12 P-38s hit Kavieng and Panapai Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s continue to hit Japanese
forces on Los Negros. B-24s bomb the airstrip and other targets
in the Awar-Nubia area;
P-39s and RAAF aircraft hit Japanese forces around Madang. P-39s and P-38s strafe and dive-bomb the Cape Hoskins-Talasea area in support of the U. S. Marine landing. 405th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group
(Medium), moves from Port Moresby to Nadzab with B-25s. Lost is C-47A "Our Lillian Ethel Form 1A" 42-24228 (MIA) and P-39Q 42-19939 (KIA).
land at Volupai on the Willaumez Peninsula in preparation for an advance to Talasea.