September 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): During the night of 13/14 Sep three B-24s strike Kurabu
Cape Airfield on Paramushiru and shipping offshore.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s drop fragmentation- boobytrap
bombs on Bhamo; large-scale C-47 operations continue to various points in the
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 6 B-25s bomb Tunganhsien; 91 P-40s and
P-51s attack inland shipping, troop compounds, supplies, and numerous buildings
around the Lungling area, throughout the vast expanse of inland SE China, mainly
in Hunan, and other areas S of Tungting Lake; HQ 23d Fighter Group moves from Liuchow to Luliang; the air echelon of the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron,
Fourteenth Air Force (attached to 23d Fighter Group), moves from Kweilin to Liuchow with P-51s (ground echelon is at Chengkung; and the 373d Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Yangkai to Luliang with B-24s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. P-47s make strafing
and rocket attacks on warehouses and shelters on Pagan. B-24s on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus; others from Eniwetok bomb Truk while B-25s hit Ponape.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s
pound Mapanget Airfield and the Menado area. B-24s hit 4 airfields on Halmahera
. In New Guinea, A-20s and B-25s bomb Babo Airfield while fighter-bombers make
scattered small raids on AA positions, airfields, and targets of opportunity
on the Vogelkop Peninsula; the 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment
Group (Medium), moves from Hollandia to Sansapor; and the 100th Bombardment
Squadron (Medium), Thirteenth Air Force [attached to 42d Bombardment Group (Medium)],
ceases operating from Hollandia with B-25s and returns to base at Sansapor. Force landed is C-47A "Hell's Bells" 42-23959 (crew survived) west of Port Moresby.
RNZAF: Lost over Wide Bay is F4U NZ5236 (MIA).
USN: Ditched is
SBD-4 10575 (rescued).