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March 16, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 16 MARCH 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s take off from Shemya shortly before midnight 15/16 Mar to fly armed reconnaissance over Matsuwa, but turn back prematurely. Some of the bombers jettison their bombloads over the target area.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Six B-25s damage a bridge at Nattalin near Rangoon.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 7 P-40s on a Yangtze River sweep damage 2 launches near Yoyang and pound barracks and storage at Sienning.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Tarawa and Abemama pound Wotje and Mille and Ormed.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 13 B-24s bomb Vunakanau Airfield, and 12 B-25s follow with a raid on Vunakanau radar installations; 9 B-25s, 12 P-39s, and 11 P-40s hit Vunapope supply areas; 10 P-38s attack Cape Tawui while 11 B-25s pound the northern edge of Simpson Harbor; and seven P-38s strafe barges west of Raluana Point. At Monoitu Mission, a raid by B-24s demolishes several buildings.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 70+ B-24s, B-25s and A-20s hit AA positions, buildings and salvage dumps at Wewak and Brandi Plantation; 19 B-25s bomb personnel and storage areas at Nubia; and B-24s and Catalinas attack a Japanese convoy near Hollandia. Other B-24s bomb docks and factory area at Soerabaja. 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group moves from 14 Mile Drome to Nadzab with F-5s.



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