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September 16, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s bomb Kataoka Naval Base on Shimushu; Four B-25s abort a shipping sweep due to weather and mechanical difficulties.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Nineteen B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow Airfield. In spite of bad weather in Burma, 4 P-47s sweep the Lungling, China-Wanling- Loiwing road and 5 damage a bridge approach at Manyut. A detachment of the 3d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, based at Sylhet, India, begins operating from Yunnani with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty B-24s bomb Hengyang; 12 B-25s bomb Kutkai; 28 B-25s hit targets in China, including the Yuangshaho ferry, Pakmushih, Chuanhsien, and Lengshuitang; 130+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity in the Mangshih and Lungling area and from N of Tangyang and along the Yangtze River southward including areas around Changsha, Kiyang, Samshui, Chuanhsien, Lingling, and Kwongning; flights of the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Kunming, begin operating from Nanning and Yunnani with F-5s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 17 Saipan based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima; three others on training and armed reconnaissance missions bomb Pagan and Marcus. P-47s pound enemy positions on Pagan. B-24s bomb Emidj. The 548th Night Fighter Squadron, 7th Fighter Wing, arrives at Hickam Field from the US with P-61s and begins flying patrols over the Pacific.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Kendari Airfield and Ambesia Airfield while B-25s attack a large warehouse at Gorontalo and B-24s and B-25s hit Kairatoe and Kamarian. B-25s and B-24s pound Namlea, Liang, Haroekoe, and Laha. Fighter-bombers hit Manokwari Airfield, Sagan Airfield, Moemi Airfield, and Waren Airfield; HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) moves from Hollandia to Sansapor; the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Henderson Field to Biak with C-47s; and the 418th Night Fighter Squadron, 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium), moves from Hollandia to Owi, with P-61s.

USMC: Lost is PBJ 35086 (MIA).

USN: While strafing, F6F Hellcat 58043 (MIA) crashes near Galea.

RAF: PBY Catalina VA718 ran aground during a storm at Diego Garcia.



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