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October 9, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ P-47s knock out a bridge at Manyut and thoroughly pound the town area, bomb enemy positions at Nyaunggon, Pinhe, and near Mawhun, damage a bridge near Mawlu, and hit a variety of targets in the Katha area; 9 B-25s attack road bridges SW of Lashio, knocking out Na-lang and Nampawng bridges; the B-25s hit several targets of opportunity in the area. Transport aircraft continue a steady supply of various points in the CBI. A detachment of the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, begins operating from Chittagong with F-5s (squadron is based at Barrackpore).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s bomb the area north of Mangshih; 3 B-24s hit shipping along the lower Yangtze River; 29 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack river traffic, troops, bridges, and other targets of opportunity in areas around Tanchuk, Tengyun, Anking, and Amoy; the airstrip at Tanchuk is temporarily put out of commission.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eighteen B-24s from Saipan pound Iwo Jima. Twenty-five B-25s from the Marshalls bomb Truk. The 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh AF (attached to VII Fighter Command), moves from Kipapa Field to Kualoa Airfield with F-5s (detachments are operating from Saipan and Peleliu).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers attack Boela, Namlea and Kairatoe and Liang on Ambon concentrating on oil tanks and airfields. On Halmahera, B-25s and fighter-bombers hit Lolobata Airfield and Hate Tabako Airfield and nearby barges, supplies, and other targets of opportunity. In New Guinea, A-20s and fighter-bombers strike Faan Airfield and Langgoer Airfield, P-40s hit Manokwari, and B-25s bomb Samate. Lost on a training flight is B-24D "Mr. Five By Five" 42-40505(MIA).

USN: Special Task Air Group 1 (STAG-1) four TDR-1 Assault Drones controlled by squadron VK-12 attack the causeway at the northern tip of Matupi Island, mission failed.

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