May 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 14 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 P-38s hit Tiddim road at Tonzang,
causing a roadblock; Eleven P-40s hit a bridge and road at Kazu and railroad shed
at Myitkyina; 25 B-25s and P-51s hit troop positions at Hopin Airfield, Meiktila and Heho Airfield are hit by 20+ P-51s and P-38s; the fighters claim 4 aircraft
downed in combat; and 528th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group,
moves from Dinjan to Tingkawk Sakan with P-51s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 60 P-40s and P-51s hit trucks at Yoyang,
river shipping, boxcars, and trucks at Pailochi and Sienning and a storage area
at Shayang; 20 other P-40s bomb and strafe towns near Mamien Pass, Pingkai and
areas around Mengta and Tating; 6 Japanese bombers hit Kienow, rendering the
airfield temporarily unusable.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 53 B-24s from Kwajalein and
43 B-25s from Makin join USN aircraft in pounding Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23
B-25s bomb Tobera Airfield; 44 fighter-bombers pound supply and personnel areas
at Vunakanau; P-39s and P-40s strafe targets in N and E Gazelle Peninsula, and
fighter patrols over Rabaul area attack several targets of opportunity. In the
Bougainville area, 40+ P-39s and P-40s bomb Hangan, Tsirogei, Tokiparo,
a pier at Kessa Plantation, and near Ibu.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Bosnik supply areas and Sorido Airfield; in the Wakde-Sawar-Maffin Bay area, villages
and AA positions are pounded by B-24s and B-25s; fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-24s
and B-25s maintain strikes against airfields, bridges, trucks, villages, and
other targets in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area. Lost is A-20G 42-86768 (MIA).