August 31, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 31 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25s bomb targets of opportunity
at Katha and 3 hit bridges at Bawgyo and Hsenwi.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 B-24s bomb Takao Harbor, damaging
the dock area and claiming two tankers sunk. Lost are: B-24J 44-40783 (MIA) and B-24J 44-40831 (MIA); Fourteen B-25s attack Tien Ho, White Cloud, Kai Tek, and Hengyang Airfield; 8 B-25s attack numerous trucks S of Sintsiang
and near Sinshih, hit roads S of Nanyo and damage a freighter near Sinshih;
and 60+ fighter-bombers attack trucks, barracks, supplies, rivercraft, bridges
and troops in or near Sinshih, Changsha, Yangtien, Hengyang, Nanyo, Siangtan,
Teian, and Shihhweiyao.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan strafe gun positions at Pagan Airfield. Also single B-24s bobm Yap and Pagan.
USMC: Lost due to anti-aircraft fire is F4U Corsair 56261 (MIA).