SUNDAY, 1 OCTOBER 1944
MONDAY, 2 OCTOBER 1944
TUESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1944
WEDNESDAY, 4 OCTOBER 1944
THURSDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1944
FRIDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1944
SATURDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1944
SUNDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1944
MONDAY, 9 OCTOBER 1944
TUESDAY, 10 OCTOBER 1944
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THURSDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1944
FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1944
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SUNDAY, 15 OCTOBER 1944
MONDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1944
TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 1944
WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 1944
THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 1944
FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER 1944
FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1944
SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER 1944
MONDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s hit Kashiwabara; three more B-24s bomb Otomari and fly a photo mission over
Onnekotan and five B-25s bomb the Asahi Bay area.
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20 P-47s hit Japanese concentrations
at Nanhlaing and Kyungyi; sixteen P-47s support ground forces at Mawlu and Henu and in
nearby areas; a bivouac area south of Indaw is pounded by 4 fighter-bombers while
7 knock out a bypass bridge at Panghkam; 3 B-25s blast train cars and sidings
at Kyaukme, 3 hit a nearby motor pool, 2 hit a motor pool at Namhsim, and 1
blasts a rail line at Nawngpeng. Transports fly 270+ sorties in the CBI.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 3 B-25s knock out a bridge at Lobochai
while 7 P-40s hit trucks and locomotives nearby; 6 B-25s and 11 P-51s pound
the town area of Menghsu; 50+ P-40s and P-51s hit small towns and other targets
of opportunity in the Menghsu area; 40+ others attack shipping, bridges, and
general targets of opportunity around Anfu, Kweiping, Shepchung, Kuanyang, Ssuwangshu,
Mangshih, Chefang, Panghkam, Takhing, Tanchuk, Dosing, Wuchou, and Tengyun and
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eight B-24s from Guam bomb Yap, 2 from Saipan hit Pagan. During the night of 23/24 Oct, one B-24 bombs Iwo Jima.
LEYTE - McArthur reinstalls the legitimate government of the Philippines.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and P-38s
maintain shipping sweeps in the Makassar area. B-25s, A-20s, and
fighter-bombers hit oil storage at Boela, Amboina town,
two airfields and other targets in the Amboina Ceram-Boeroe area. Fighter-bombers hit Sagan while A-20s support ground forces further E in the Sawar River-Orai River area. In the Philippines, vehicles and small vessels
in the Mindanao area
are attacked by fighter-bombers while B-25s attack small shipping in the Sulu
Archipelago. Fighter-bombers over Halmahera hit scattered bivouacs. The detachment of the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th
Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), ceases operating from Noemfoor with
F-5s (the ground echelon is enroute from Guadalcanal, Solomons to Morotai and
other detachment are operating from Bougainville, Solomon and Sansapor. The 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, moves from Owi to Morotai with
USN: Lost is PB4Y-1 32277 pilot Lewis October 23, 1944
TUESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): On Paramushiru, three B-24s
bomb Kashiwabara and Kurabu Cape; 4 B-25s weather-abort a photo mission. Two others on a shipping sweep off Kurabu hit a freighter, which is observed
listing and smoking, and strafe 2 subchasers.
(CBI) : The CBI Theater is split
into 2 theaters, China and India-Burma.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): About 80 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed
reconnaissance over SE China, SW China, and E Burma hit runways, storage facilities,
town areas, troops, horses, gun positions, and other targets of opportunity
around Amoy, Lohochai, Tanchuk, Sinthe, Menghsu, Pingnam, Mangshih and Chefang,
and Lashio, Burma. HQ Fourteenth AF is reassigned from US Army Forces, CBI Theater
to US Forces, China Theater.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma from 24 Oct through 27 Oct,
fighter-bombers and B-25s steadily support Allied troops on the N Burma front,
pounding road and rail communications, troop concentrations and supply dumps,
and sweeping airfields; the strikes include close support of British troops
advancing on the right flank of the front known as the "Rail Corridor," and
of Chinese forces pushing down the left flank along the Myitkyina-Bhamo road.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Guam bomb Yap while P-47s from Saipan hit Pagan.
USN - The U. S. 3rd Fleet steams north in pursuit of a Japanese decoy squadron
allowing other Japanese ships to attack US landing forces on the beach at Leyte
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Buayoan
Airfield on Mindanao while
B-25s on armed reconnaissance hit small shipping and troops. B-24s, B-25s,
and fighter-bombers hit the Sandakan area. P-38s bomb Amboina reservoir
areas. A-20s and fighter-bombers again pound Babo,
Moemi, Sagan, Manokwari, Otawiri, and other Vogelkop Peninsula area targets.
The following units move from New Guinea to Leyte : HQ 85th Fighter Wing
from Hollandia; HQ 49th Fighter Group and the 7th and 9th Fighter Squadrons
from Biak to Tacloban with
P-38s. The 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy),
moves from Noemfoor to Morotai (Pitu) with
WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1944
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s and 4 P-38s damage railroad tracks
at Dara bridge in Thailand. In China, 7 P-38s and P-51s hit the Mongyu bridges
and destroy the Kawnghka bridge; 4 others strafe Nawnghkio Airfield; 20+ P-51s
and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack targets of opportunity at Tengyun,
Kweiping, and Ssuanghsu, and about 50 strike targets throughout the Menghsu
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 59 B-29s, flying out of Chengtu,
bomb an aircraft plant at Omura, Kyushu; several other B-29s
hit alternate targets and targets of opportunity.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 29
B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima during the morning. Later during the day 4 B-24s
from Saipan and Guam on armed reconnaissance missions, bomb Yap.
8 P-47s from Saipan bomb Pagan. HQ 11th Bombardment Group
moves from Kwajalein Airfield to Guam.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 50+ B-24s, supported
by P-38s and P-47s, attack naval forces in the Mindanao Sea firing small vessels and claiming a light cruiser damaged.
Crashed on take off is B-24J 44-40726 (six killed, five rescued). B-24s bomb Ambesia Airfield and attack shipping in the Makassar-Kendari area. In the Moluccas, fighter-bombers hit barges and villages in areas
of Dodinga and Wasile Bays. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers hit Piroe and
Saparoea in the Moluccas, Boela, Halong and Amboina, Haroekoe and north Ceram coastal targets. A-20s pound supply and
fuel dumps in the Sarmi area. The 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th
Fighter Group moves from Biak to Tacloban with P-38s; and the 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, moves
from Owi to Tacloban with P-38s and P-61s.
RAAF - Lost over Manokwari is P-40N A29-821 (MIA) and Walrus X9559 (crew KIA / POW).
USN: During the Battle Off Samar, the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf sunk is USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413.
IJN: During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Yamato is damaged on her bow area
and takes on 3,000 tons of sea water, but survived the battle. During the Battle of the Surigao Strait, sunk by bomb and torpedos is Fuso.
THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s which abort a naval task force
cover mission after failing to find the ships, two bomb installations on Onnekotan.
THEATER CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-24s and B-25s attack
shipping off the E Luichow Peninsula; B-25s also hit river shipping from Dosing
to Takhing and a Yellow River bridge; fighters attack the town of Menghsu, hit
targets of opportunity around Menghsu and Kweiping, and make an armed reconnaissance
attack on Hongay, French Indochina; B-25s and fighters bomb railroad yards at
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 P-47s from Saipan bomb and strafe Pagan. 15 B-25s based in the Gilberts, bomb Nauru Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack a naval force of 2 battleships, 5 aircraft carriers, and 5
destroyers W of Panay; hits are claimed on a battleship and 2 carriers; on Mindanao ,
P-38s hit vehicles in the Davao area and B-25s bomb Iligan. On Halmahera,
P-40s attack targets of opportunity in the Dodinga-Kaoe Bay area, Djailolo,
supply area south of Galela, and guns south of Doro. A-20s and B-25s
bomb Urarom; the 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 3d Air Commando
Group, arrives at Nadzab with
C-47s. Lost is G4M2 Betty with pilots of the 201st Kokutai:
USN: STAG-1 four drones launched against targets in Rabaul. This was the last attack in a month long demonstration of the TDR assault
drone was made by Special Task Air Group, thereby concluding the first use
of the guided missile in the Pacific. During the demonstration a total of 46
drones were expended of which 29 reached the target areas: two attacked a lighthouse
on Cape St. George, making one hit which demolished the structure;
nine attacked anti-aircraft emplacements on beached ships achieving six direct
hits and two near misses; and 18 attacked other targets in the Shortlands and
Rabaul areas making 11 hits.
USA: Off Los Angeles, P-51D Mustang 44-15669 is lost on a ferry flight.
FRIDAY, 27 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 7 B-24s weather-abort an attempt to fly
cover for a naval task force.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters bomb and strafe the
town of Mengmao and nearby hill positions, river traffic, troops, and horses
from Tanchuk to Tengyun, bridges NE of Hsinganhsien, the town of Kaotienhsu,
troops in the Kweilin area, rail traffic W of Puchi, and airfields at Siangtan
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): HQ Tenth AF is reassigned from AAF,
India-Burma Sector to AAF, India-Burma Theater.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 2 B-24s from Saipan on armed reconnaissance
bomb Yap. During the night of 27/28 Oct a B-24 on a snooper mission
hits Iwo Jima.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 40+ fighter-bombers, operating in 3 waves, hit shipping off Cebu and W of Mactan. B-24s attack Malili and Palopo on Celebes .
SATURDAY, 28 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 8 B-25s fly cover for a naval task force.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters strafe villages, troops,
and horses in the Menghsu-Konghow area, pound bridges around Kaotienhsu, and
hit Yangtong Airfield and shipping at Hongay, French Indochina and Wuchou.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ fighter-bombers pound
numerous targets including town areas, troops, railroad facilities, and a variety
of targets of opportunity at Mannaun, Manoi, Sinkan, Winwa, Man Mao, Myazedi,
Pinwe, Naba, Yebawgyi, and Kangon.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb
Haha Jima while others, from Guam hit Yap. Saipan based P-47s bomb Pagan. In Hawaii, the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, VII Fighter Command, moves from
John Rodgers Airport to Kipapa Field with P-47s and P-61s (a detachment is operating
(Twentieth Air Force): Marianas based XX Bomber Command
flies its first combat mission when fourteen B-29s attack submarine pens on Dublon; 4 others, 1 carrying Brigadier General Haywood S Hansell, Jr,
Commanding General XXI Bomber Command, abort; about a third of the bombs fall
in the general target area.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s, fighting
bad weather, bomb Puerto Princesa Airfield.
the night of 28/29 Oct, B-24s bomb the Wilhelmina Docks area on Celebes. B-25s
and P-38s blast town of Amboina.
HQ 475th Fighter Group moves from Biak to Dulag.
SUNDAY, 29 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): On Paramushiru four B-25s on reconnaissance
hit Tomari Cape buildings and a freighter which is left listing.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters in support of Chinese
ground forces blast hill positions in the Lungling and Mangshih areas; others
damage a bridge at Sinshih, bomb Kweiyi and Paoching, hit railroad targets between
Siaokan and Sinyang, and strafe airfields at Chingmen, Tangyang, and Ichang.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ fighter-bombers again
attack a wide variety of targets including troop concentrations, bridges, supply
dumps, and numerous targets of opportunity at Kawlin, Wingnang, Hsenwi, Bhamo,
Shwegu, Kyungon, Tugyaung, Yebyangale, Henu, and Kayin.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 19 B-24s from Saipan bomb Chichi Jima. Two B-24s
from Guam strike Yap.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers
and B-25s, operating in small forces, are active against airfields, AA positions,
and targets of opportunity on Halmahera. Fighter-bombers
hit Ransiki while fighter-bombers, A-20s, and B-25s bomb Urarom and Soeli
and strafe targets of opportunity throughout the Urarom-Kaimana area. HQ 13th
AF moves from Noemfoor to Morotai .
The 63d and 64th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based
on Biak begin operating
from Wakde and Noemfoor respectively
with C-47s. Force landed on a ferry flight are P-47D "Tojo Special" 42-23249 and P-47D 42-75921. Lost is B-24J 42-110120.
MONDAY, 30 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s fly armed reconnaissance over
Matsuwa and Onnekotan.
THEATER CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Thirteen B-24s lay
mines in Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. P-40s bomb installations around Phu Lang
Thuong, French Indochina and hit junks at sea. The detachment of the 529th Fighter
Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, operating from Hsian with P-51s, returns to base
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 B-25s knock out bridges
at Namhkai, Wuntho, Thegyaung, and Nankan and damage others at Okkyin and Zawchaung;
50+ P-47s knock out the Hpao Nam River bridge and strafe targets of opportunity
at several locations; hit several bridges throughout the N Burma rail corridor,
damaging or knocking out each target; support ground forces at Naba Station
and Pinwe; and hit troop concentrations at Mansi and Manyut.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 B-24s on armed reconnaissance
missions from Guam bomb Yap. One B-24 snooper from Saipan, during
the night of 30/31 bombs Iwo Jima. P-47s from Saipan hit Pagan. B-25s from Makin strike Nauru.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air
Force): Eight B-29s from the Marianas bomb submarine pens on Dublon,
9 others bomb two miles beyond the target.
USN - The U.S. 5th Air Force and 13th Air Force together with carrier-borne
aircraft of the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets stage massive attacks against the Phillipines
in preparation for landing on Mindoro.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound Bacolod
Airfield. B-25s and fighter-bombers
hit San Roque
Airfield and barges at Zamboanga. P-38s hit Sandakan Airfield. B-24s bomb the wharf area at Makassar, while P-40s, over
the NE peninsula, hit various targets of opportunity. P-38s hit Piroe. Urarom Airfield is bombed by A-20s and B-25s.
TUESDAY, 31 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s score direct hits on a cannery
at Tomari Cape on Paramushiru and leave nearby buildings burning; one of two B-25s
hit by AA heads for and safely lands in the USSR.
THEATER AAF, INDIA-BURMA SECTOR: The 427th Night Fighter
Squadron arrives at Pandaveswar from Italy with P-61s (first mission
is 23 Nov).
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Six P-51s hit shipping targets
of opportunity at Swatow and Amoy; about 70 fighters support Chinese ground
forces by pounding positions in the Lungling area; 4 B-25s and 12 P-40s bomb
a railroad bridge at Pengpu.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Buram, 60+ P-47s attack occupied
areas and supply areas at Namun, Bhamo, and Nakang, and railroad bridges, locomotive
shelters, and rolling stock along the Kyaikthin-Naba line; 2 B-25s attack targets
of opportunity from Katha to Bhamo along the Irrawaddy River.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): During the night of 31 Oct/l Nov a B-24 on a
snooper mission from Saipan bombs Iwo Jima.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-47s and A-20s
bomb Kairatoe Airfield and Saharoe village on Celebes Island. B-25s and P-40s
hit Loloda and Soasioe in the Moluccas Islands. P-38s and A-20s,
concentrating on airfields, attack Samate Efman, Sagan, and Doom Island. Force landed is XB-24 "Liberty Belle" 42-40686 (survived).