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October 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER 1944

AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s bomb and strafe buildings at Otomae Bay, Kuriles.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Transport aircraft fly 200+ sorties, delivering men and supplies to various points in the CBI. The 165th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Asanol, India to Tamu, Burma with C-64s and L-5s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 32 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack troops, town areas, and river traffic around Samshui, Mangshih, Kweiping, Hsinganhsien, Konghow and Tajungchiang.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 103 B-29s from Chengtu bomb Okayama aircraft plant on Formosa; 12 more hit last-resort targets and targets of opportunity; this is the first Twentieth AF mission during which 100+ B-29s attack targets and the first of a series of missions against Formosa in conjunction with the US invasion of Leyte.

USN - Admiral Halsey's Task Force 38 (TF-38) carries out more attacks on Formosa to neutralize it as a Japanese base. Lost is F6F Hellcat 58415 (MIA).

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 3 B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Marcus. P-47s on a sweep over Pagan bomb and strafe storage caves. 1 B-24 from the Marshall bombs Wake during the night of 14/15. HQ 41st Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 48th, 396th and 820th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) move from Makin to Wheeler Field with B-25s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again bomb oil refineries and associated industries in the Balikpapan area; others bomb Pombelaa mine on Celebes. A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers again hit Laha Airfield on Ambon and Haroekoe Airfield. In New Guinea, HQ 374th Troop Carrier Group and the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron move from Nadzab to Biak with C-47s. Lost is P-47D "Claire-Doll III" 42-28500 (MIA).

RAAF - P-40N Kittyhawks strike Manokwari. Lost is P-40N Kittyhawk A29-824 (MIA).



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