WEDNESDAY, 16 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, as the last Japanese resistance in
India ceases, sixteen B-25s bomb Indaw; 20 P-51s hit Lashio Airfield, and airfields at Nawnghkio,
Shwebo, Anisakan, and Onbauk; 37 P-40s and P-51s hit strong points, pillboxes,
and machinegun positions in the Pinbaw area; 19 P-47s and P-51s attack targets
of opportunity at Katha, a bridge S of Bhamo, the town of Tagwin, railroad
targets of opportunity between Naba and Hopin, an enemy-held monastery, and
an ammunition dump at Pegu; and the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron,
8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Barrackpore sends a
detachment to operated from Tingkawk Sakan with F-5s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 18 B-25s bomb the Wanling area and
warehouses while 12 hit the Chaling area and warehouses at Siangtan; 90 P-40s
and P-51s hit bridges, fortified positions, troops, trucks, rivercraft, supplies,
gun positions, and other targets of opportunity in the Hsenwi and Lungling
areas and in the widespread area around Tunating Lake and the Central Yangtze River.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit Chichi
Jima and Pagan. B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Truk.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and B-25s bomb Miti Airfield and Lolobata
Airfield on Halmahera, warehouses
and shipping facilities on Ternate. Also
shipping in Wasile and Veda Bays, and Japanese positions on Tanimbar and
off Alor Island, Sunda Islands, B-25s sink small vessel. In New Guinea, bombers
hit installations at Ajoe; A-20s support ground forces in the Maffin Bay area
while P-39s hit troops and positions from Manokwari to Windissi and bomb Ransiki Airfield, Moemi Airfield and Waren Airfield. The 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d
Troop Carrier Group, based at Espiritu Santo begins
operating from Los Negros with C-47s.