July 22, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 22 JULY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Aleutians, 2 B-25s flying a negative
shipping search encounter a bomber which evades contact.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 14 P-40s attack forces in the Myitkyina area; 7 B-25s bomb the railroad at Mohnyin while 2 hit storage sheds at Maingna.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 120+ P-40s and P-51s attack the town
area, airfield, railroad yards, and shipping at Hengyang, bomb the towns of
Chaling, Yuhsien, and Chuchou, hit river shipping, troops, trucks, and targets
of opportunity in the areas around Changsha, Kiaotow, Siangtan, and Sinshih,
and hit troop compounds and shipping at Yuhsien; 25 B-24s bomb Changsha, causing
heavy damage; and 31 P-40s and P-51s blast Tsingyun and strafe about 40 junks
to the S of town. 4 P-40s sink several large junks off the NE French Indochina
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan, using
napalm-bombs for the first time hit Tinian and Pagan. Makin based B-25s pound Ponape.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack
the airfield on Yap. B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and an assortment
of fighter-bombers direct their main attacks against several shipping terminals
on the Vogelkop Peninsula area, sink a submarine chaser off Morotai,
bomb Saumlakki on Tanimbar Island, and hit But
Airfield and personnel areas, barge hideouts,
supply and ammunition dumps, bridges and roads at, and to the west of Wewak;
HQ 35th Fighter Group moves from Gusap to Owi;
and 19th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves
from Nadzab to Owi with B-24s. A-20s strike Kokas captured in a dramatic series of four photographs A-20G "Bavo" 43-9432 is shot down and crashes into the sea. The series of photographs later appears in TIME Magazine captioned "Death of an A-20".