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October 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20+ P-47s bomb troop concentrations in Mawlu and Bilumyo and damage an approach to bridge at Seywa; 8 B-25s attack bridges at Hsenwi, damaging the main bridge but causing little harm to bypass bridges. Transport operations continue on large scale in the CBI. In India, HQ 7th Bombardment Group moves from Kurmitola to Pandaveswar while it's 436th and 492d Bombardment Squadrons move from Tezzgaon to Madhaigani with B-24s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb Wucbou and attack boats and other targets of opportunity in the Canton area; 50+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over areas of China S of the Yangtze River attack rivercraft, bridges, town areas, troop concentrations and targets of opportunity along the N French Indochina coast; the flight of the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, at Nanning, returns to base at Chanyi with F-5s.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): The first P-61 night fighters arrive in Chengtu on the eve of the third air raid; in 10 attacks from 6 Sep to 19 Dec, only 43 aircraft participate.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit Iwo Jima in harassment attacks during the night of 6/7. A B-24 from Kwajalein bombs a heavy gun battery on Emidj. During the night of 6/7 Oct, 3 B-24s bomb Wake.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-38s hit Kaoe Airfield and shipping near Djailolo. In the Ceram -Amboina, Ambon-Boeroe, Sunda area B-25s and P-38s attack Namlea, Waai on Celebes , Amahai, and several small craft. In New Guinea, P-47s bomb Kaimana; and the 547th Night Fighter Squadron moves from Oro Bay to Owi, with P-38s and P-61s.

USN: USS Cabrilla SS-288 torpedoes and sinks Yamamizu No. 2 and damages Hokurei Maru forcing it to beach off Vigan.

RAAF: Lost is P-38 Lightning 679 (MIA).



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