TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Seven B-24s fly cover sorties for a naval
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s bomb a supply area
near Naba, hit Japanese HQ and a supply area near Mawhun, and blast a supply
base and permanent camp at Myazedi; 8 B-25s bomb Nawnghkio airfield and 3 attack
bridges near Kawlin and Thityabin; an approach to the latter bridge is damaged.
Transports fly almost 300 sorties to various points in the CBI.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 B-25s, 12 P-40s, and 10 P-51s pound
a supply depot at Tien Ho Airfield; two B-24s bomb a supply depot at
Victoria Harbor at Hong Kong; 44 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack
rivercraft, troop concentrations, villages, and other targets of opportunity
around Kweiping, Tengyun, Mangshih, Tajungchiang, Wuchou, and Dosing; a runway
at Tanchuk Airfield suffers considerable damage.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Ten B-29s, flying out of Chengtu,
bomb Einansho air depot on Formosa; 14 others bomb alternate targets.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s
from Saipan hit shipping off Haha Jima and the town of Okimura. During
the night of 17/18 Oct, 1 B-24 bombs an airfield on Iwo Jima. B-25s from the
Gilbert hit Nauru.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers
and B-25s hit airfields, shipping and scattered targets of opportunity in
the Halmahera area. In the Ceram -Ambon -Boeroe
area A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers continue to pound airfields and oil
facilities. In the principal strike of the day almost 60 B-24s hit oil installations,
barracks, and shore targets on Ilang and N Davao
Bay areas of Mindanano .
HQ XIII Bomber Command moves from Wakde to Morotai . In New Guinea, HQ 433d Troop Carrier Group moves from Port Moresby to Biak ; the air echelon of the 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical
Reconnaissance Group, begins operating from Borokoe with
F-6s and P-40s (squadron is based on Morotai).
Dutch: Hr. Ms. Zwaardvisch (P322) fired a spread of five torpedoes with one hitting and sinking Itsukushima.