May 12, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 12 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): One B-24 reconnoiters and bombs installations on Matsuwa concentrating on Matsuwa Airfield on Tagan Cape.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s strike the Tiddim road NNW
of Tonzang; 50+ B-25s and fighter-bombers knock out a railroad bridge at Pinbaw,
pound gun positions and supply area at Myitkyina and hit defensive positions
near Kazu-Tiangsup; 4 B-25s damage Myothit bridge while 8 P-38s bomb Kyaukye;
21 P-51s hit Meiktila Airfield and Heho Airfield, claiming 8 Japanese aircraft downed;
4 B-25s knock out a bridge at Daga while 2 others bomb a camp at Taungbaw.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 16 P-40s and 11 B-25s hit several targets in S
China and in French Indochina. In China, military installations, artillery positions
and tank concentrations are pounded in the Yoyang area, a bridge and several
trucks are damaged at Sienning, a naval vessel is attacked at Hong Kong and
in French Indochina, a radio station on Cat Ba Island is bombed and railroad
yards, supply dump, and river junks are blasted in the Phu Langi Thuong area;
and HQ 81st Fighter Group moves from Karachi to Kwanghan.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Twelve Makin based B-25s bomb Nauru. A single B-24 from Kwajalein bombs Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 12
B-25s and 20+ P-40s and P-38s pound Tobera Airfield and nearby personnel areas;
some of the B-25s returning from Tobera bomb Sohano;
12 P-39s and about 70 USN SBDs and TBFs sink numerous barges throughout the
Rabaul area, especially at Simpson Harbor and Keravia Bay; gun positions in
the Matupi area are also attacked.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Mokmer
Airfield and attack targets on Ceram Island Ambon
Island, and Timor Island. In New Guinea, A-20s, B-25s
and fighter-bombers blast villages, coastal bridges and roads, vehicles, Boram Airfield and other targets throughout the Wewak-Hansa Bay region; HQ 3d Bombardment
Group moves from Nadzab to Hollandia; 66th Troop Carrier Squadron,
Troop Carrier Group, based at Nadzab begins operating from Tadji with C-47s;
418th Night Fighter Squadron, 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium), moves from Finschhafen to Hollandia with B-25Hs, P-38s and P-70s.