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October 21, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s damage at least 3 bridges throughout the railroad corridor in N Burma; 15 other P-47s support ground forces in the Mohnyin area, hitting gun positions and defensive works at Ywathit; 12 others attack positions and occupied areas around Bhamo and Muse, 6 knock out the Paungni River bridge, and 4 attack the town of Mawhun; about 270 sorties are flown by Tenth AF transports in the CBI. The detachments of the 5th and 6th Fighter Squadrons (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, operating from Cox's Bazar, India with P-47s, return to base at Asansol.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-25s and 130+ P-40s and P-51s attack shipping, gun positions, troop areas, bridges, town areas, road traffic, and other targets of opportunity around Yuma, Takhing, Dosing, Konghow, Shawan, Kuanyang, Kweiping, Tungpingchi, Tingka, Muse, Wan Lai-Kam, Shekpo, Menghsu, and Amoy; the 530th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, moves from Dinjan to Kwanghan with P-51s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 28 B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. Two B-24s, from Guam in the first US air strike from Guam hit Yap. The 26th, 98th and 431st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive on Guam from Kwajalein Airfield with B-24s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Cagayan in the Philippines and Parepare on Celebes . B-25s and fighter- bombers hit Misami, New Guinea and blast a truck convoy near Kibawe on Mindanao . Other fighter-bombers hit Kaoe Bay supply areas; fighter-bombers hit Boela Airfield and Amboina Town. Mongosah Airfield and Sagan Airfield are also bombed. Ditched off Wai Island are seven aircraft including: P-47D "Santa Maria" 43-25642, P-47D 42-25417, P-47D "Tot's Terror" 42-23235, P-47 43-25636, P-47D 42-75935, P-47D 42-75893 and P-47D pilot Taylor.

The ground echelon of the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins a movement from Biak to Leyte (air echelon operations from Biak with B-25s until Dec 44); the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak ceases operating from Wakde with C-47s.



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