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June 1, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

THURSDAY, 1 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s from Shemya photograph and bomb installations at Buroton Bay, including a suspected seaplane base and the harbor area. Of 2 B-25s and 4 P-38s taking off for a guardship cover mission, 3 aircraft abort with engine trouble; 2 other B-25s fly a negative antishipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 7 B-25s pound bridges at Songon and Bongyaung and hit the Imphal, India-Tiddim road; 20+ others fly ammunition into the Imphal area. Nineteen P-40s hit targets in the Myitkyina area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty-five fighter-bombers hit the Chenghsien railroad yards; eighteen fighter-bombers bomb docks, a gunboat, and barracks in the Chiuchiang area and strafe about 300 troops at Sanyenchiao; 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Suichwan to Lingling with P-51s; 91st Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, moves from Karachi to Fungwanshan with P-47s; and during Jun, the 449th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, moves from Suichwan to Kweilin with P-38s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Eniwetok hit Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): HQ XIII Bomber Command moves from Guadalcanal to Los Negros. Nine B-25s bomb Matupi and 3 B-25s hit the southeast part of Rabaul and twelve others pound personnel and the supply area northeast of Tobera; 30+ P-38s and P-40s hit Talili Bay supply areas; and 5 medium bombers hit a barge hideout and buildings on Duke of York Island. In the Solomons, 30+ P-39s attack Tonolai, Arigua and Arawa and barges at Sohano.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Amboina and Kai Island in the Moluccas Islands and Boeroe Island in the Sunda Islands. B-25s and A-20s attack targets of opportunity in the Kaukenau area, at Ransiki and on Noemfoor and Biak; A-20s, B-25s and P-39s hit villages, bivouac, and other targets of opportunity in the coastal area from Wakde Island to Hollandia; the bombing of the Wewak-Hansa Bay coast continues.

RAAF: During a training flight over Mildura, aerial collision between Boomerang A46-44 (KIA) and Boomerang A46-14 (KIA).

USN: Sunk off Matsuwa is USS Herring SS-233 (MIA).



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