September 15, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, eight P-47s bomb Kutkai, 16 sweep the river
from Bhamo to Katha and bomb Naba, Katha, and Mohnyin; several other P-47s sweep
the Burma Road from Lungling, China to Muse to Bhamo and strafe a boat on the
river at Myothit; 12 P-51s hit Mawhun while 8 B-25s hit fuel storage and targets
of opportunity in the the Chefang, China area; 13 B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow Airfield; a detachment of the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group,
based at Sylhet, India begins operaing from Yunnani with C-47s; and the
89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, moves from Nagaghuli to Myitkyina with P-47s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Nineteen B-24s bomb a military storage area
at Hengyang; 20 B-25s hit Chuanhsien and five pound a ferry crossing and bus station
at Lingling; 90+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack river shipping,
numerous buildings, troops, and general targets of opportunity from NE of Ichang
to Liuchow Peninsula concentrating on the Kiyang and Changsha areas; and HQ
68th Composite Wing moves from Kweilin to Liuchow.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan hit AA positions on Pagan with machine gun and rocket fire. A lone B-24 on a snooper mission bombs Iwo
Jima; all other B-24 missions abort.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s,
A-20s, and P-47s bomb Kaoe, Lolobata, and Hate
bomb Manokwari Airfield and town area; and the 675th Bombardment Squadron,
417th Bombardment Group, moves from Saidor to Kornasoren with A-20s.
Lost is TBM Avenger 45676 (MIA).
U. S. Army: 31st Infantry Division
made an amphibious landing on Morotai meeting only light opposition.
USMC: 1st Marine Division make an amphibious landing on the southwest corner of Peleliu. By the end of the the day, Marines captured the southern portion of Peleliu Airfield.
The Japanese attempted a counterattack across Peleliu Airfield by seventeen Type 95 Ha Go tanks from the 14th Division supported by infantry that advanced across the airfield, but were destroyed by the defending Marines with supporting fire from M4 Sherman tanks.