September 9, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-25s hunt shipping off Paramushiru; 4 return
to Attu with bombs, finding no targets; one hits the mast of a
vessel and ditches in the water; the other lands on one engine in Petropavlovsk,
USSR; 3 B-24s make an uneventful raid during the night of 9/10 Sep on Kashiwabara; later two photo planes escorting 2 bombers over the Kuriles on
a mapping project are attacked by fighters which inflict no damage.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, nine B-25s bomb a Japanese HQ and other
buildings at Manwing; seventeen B-24s fly fuel to Kunming; numerous other transport
sorties are flown to several points in the CBI.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 B-25s hit river traffic and troop
compounds in areas around Kiyang, Lingling, and Lingkwantien, bomb the towns
of Lingling and Samshui, and knock out the west end of a bridge at Lingling; about
50 P-40s and P-51s hit numerous targets of opportunity throughout inland SE
China including rivercraft and troop areas around Lingling, Lupao, Tsingyun,
Kiyang, Leiyang, and Yungfengshih, and a railroad bridge at Tunganhsien; five
B-24s over the South China Sea claim four freighters sunk or heavily damaged; and
the 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, is activated at Kunming with C-47s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): During the night of 9/10, a B-24 from Saipan on a snooper mission bombs Iwo Jima. B-25s bomb Nauru.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Mapanget
Airfield. 100+ fighter-bombers and A-20s pound Liang Airfield on Ambon, Haroekoe Airfield, Boela Airfield and Namlea Airfield. B-24s hit Galela
Airfield. Fighter-bombers hit Moemi, Manokwari,
and Ransiki while B-25s hit Babo;
and HQ 417th Bombardment Group moves from Saidor to Kornasoren.
RNZAF: PV-1 Ventura NZ4522 force landed at Talasea Airfield.