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August 29, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

TUESDAY, 29 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-25s attack targets in Katha and hit 2 bridges just N of the town area; 8 P-51s attack Bilumyo; 5 P-47s destroy a road bridge at Mainghka and 5 others hit buildings in Bhamo; and HQ 80th Fighter Group moves from Nagaghuli to Tingkawk Sakan.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 B-24s escorted by 45 fighters, blast railroad yards at Yoyang; 15 B-25s bomb Pailochi Airfield, White Cloud, Tien Ho, and Hankow Airfield; Ten others hit trucks and other targets of opportunity from Hengyang to Yoyang, from Hankow to Chinchiang, and near Anjen; 18 P-40s hit a storage area and targets of opportunity around Tangyang; 17 attack trucks and buildings from Siangtan to Changsha; 14 P-40s claim 8 fighters downed over Shayang; 22 others attack trucks, supplies, and troops at Wuhu, Ichang, S of Isuho, SW of Lungling, and N of Hengshan; and the 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), based at Yankai, sends a detachment to operate from Liuchow with B-25s.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Major General Curtis Emerson LeMay becomes Commanding General XX Bomber Command with HQ at Kharagpur.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima and Pagan during the evening. P-47s strafe AA positions on Pagan while a B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap. B-25s bomb Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Koror, Malakal and Arakabesan Seaplane Base and a supply area north of Ingesebus Airfield. B-24s bomb barracks at Amboina and P-38s hit Halong Seaplane Base. The 22d Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Garbutt Field to Finschhafen with C-47s; and the 868th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), Thirteenth Air Force, moves from Los Negros to Noemfoor with B-24s (the squadron uses airborne radar for low-level attacks at night and PFF operations).



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