September 5, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Eight B-25s pound targets at Indaw. Twenty-one B-24s
fly fuel to Kunming and numerous other cargo and troop carrier sorties
are flown to various CBI terminals.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 25 B-25s pounding Kiyang and Hengyang
cause considerable damage in both towns and at the Hengyang Airfield; 6 others
attack trucks and other targets of opportunity at the Siangtan ferry crossing,
near Hengyang and Kiyang, in the Lingling and Yoyang areas, and at Samshui;
2 more B-25s bomb Kowloon shipyards; 26 P-40s blast concentrations of river
junks, troops and horses in the Kiyang-Wangyang area; and other fighter-bombers,
operating individually or in flights of 2-10 aircraft, hit a variety of targets
of opportunity throughout the Hengyang, Kiyang, Yungfengshih, and Lishui area.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 20 B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima and two B-24s
on armed reconnaissance hit Marcus and Yap. P-47s make strafing and rocket
attacks on AA positions on Pagan. B-25s attack Nauru and Ponape.
[SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s hit Peleliu Airfield. Small-scale B-24 strikes hit Kendari Airfield while fighter-bombers
attack Galela Airfield and nearby villages on Halmahera. Nearly sixty B-24s
blast Langoan Airfield while a sizeable B-25 force bombs Djailolo
Airfield, several villages, and Kaoe AA positions on Halmahera . In New Guinea,
fighter-bombers hit Soepiori Peninsula villages and Waren Airfield and Moemi Airfield;
the 405th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves
from Nadzab to Biak with B-25s;
and the 547th Night Fighter Squadron, Fifth Air Force, arrives at Oro Bay from
the US with P-38s and P-61s.