March 7, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 7 MARCH 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Aleutians, B-24s and B-25s fly a negative
search mission for an enemy submarine.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20+ P-51s and A-36s on armed reconnaissance
hit targets of opportunity from Walawbum to Shaduzup; 2 B-25s hit troop concentrations
NW of Shaduzup and another attacks road bridge and barges near Shwebo and along
the Irrawaddy River; offensive reconnaissance over several airfields in Burma
results in no major action.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Abemama hit Kusaie and Jaluit. P-40s bomb and strafe Mille Airfield. B-25s
pound runways, AA positions, storage areas, and barracks on Taroa.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-25s,
with USN fighter support, hit Tobera Airfield; 19 P-40s bomb and strafe Rabaul.
24 B-24s and 14 P-38s hit Panapai
Airfield. Fighter aircraft
pound tactical targets on Bougainville including Koromira Mission, a supply
area on the Jaba River, and bivouac S of the Maririei River near Menoavi.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s and B-25s continue
to hit targets on Los Negros and other of the Admiralty and bomb Boram
Airfield. P-38s and RAAF aircraft attack targets in the Talasea area. 823d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium),
moves from Port Moresby to Nadzab with B-25s.
USN: Sunk is PT-337. Lost on a bombing mission against Kapingamarangi Lagoon is PB4Y-1 "Whata-Honey" 32079 (MIA).