SATURDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-25s hit targets along the Burma
Road S of Wanling, including the road itself and bridges at Kawnghka and Namhpakka;
another B-25 hits an alternate target in Indaw; and twenty-four B-24s haul fuel
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s bomb the runway at Hengyang
Airfield; 30 P-40s attack gun positions, troop concentrations, and sampans in
the Hengyang and Changning areas; 20 P-40s hit similar targets S of Changsha,
W of Pengtse, and in the Siangtan area; and 12 P-51s damage a bridge at Yangtien.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Two B-24s from Saipan hit Yap and Pagan.
P-47s hit AA positions on Pagan with rocket and strafing attacks. B-25s bomb Ponape and Nauru.
USN - Four Avengers from VT-51 bomb a a radio station on Chichi Jima. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire is TBM Avenger 46214 (pilot George H. W. Bush rescued, two crew MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Mindanao,
24 B-24s bomb supply and personnel areas at Lasang, 12 B-24s hit shipyards
and personnel areas at Bunawan and 22 B-24s hit Likanan Airfield. 345th BG
sends 13 B-25s are sent to hit Langoan Airfield, but when their fighter cover
fails to arrive, they divert to hit troops, warehouses and shipyards along
Lembeh Strait. Two are lost: B-25
"Mexican Spitfire" 41-30592 (MIA) and B-25 "Hell's Fire". Two B-25s are
damage and crash lands at Middleburg, one is repaired and returned to service,
the other is scrapped. Other B-25s hit a position near Pitoe Airfield on southern Morotai. B-24s bomb Koror. Fighter-bombers
hit the Sorong area and forces at Cape Pus and Boikin. Lost on a training mission is B-25H 43-4341 (MIA). Lost on a flight are three Airacobras: P-39Q 44-3569 (MIA), P-39Q 42-20357 (MIA) and P-39Q 42-20353 (MIA).