WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1944
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s and 4 P-38s damage railroad tracks
at Dara bridge in Thailand. In China, 7 P-38s and P-51s hit the Mongyu bridges
and destroy the Kawnghka bridge; 4 others strafe Nawnghkio Airfield; 20+ P-51s
and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack targets of opportunity at Tengyun,
Kweiping, and Ssuanghsu, and about 50 strike targets throughout the Menghsu
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 59 B-29s, flying out of Chengtu,
bomb an aircraft plant at Omura, Kyushu; several other B-29s
hit alternate targets and targets of opportunity.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 29 B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima during the morning. Later during the day 4 B-24s
from Saipan and Guam on armed reconnaissance missions, bomb Yap.
8 P-47s from Saipan bomb Pagan. HQ 11th Bombardment Group
moves from Kwajalein Airfield to Guam.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 50+ B-24s, supported
by P-38s and P-47s, attack naval forces in the Mindanao Sea firing small vessels and claiming a light cruiser damaged.
Crashed on take off is B-24J 44-40726 (six killed, five rescued). B-24s bomb Ambesia Airfield and attack shipping in the Makassar-Kendari area. In the Moluccas, fighter-bombers hit barges and villages in areas
of Dodinga and Wasile Bays. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers hit Piroe and
Saparoea in the Moluccas, Boela, Halong and Amboina, Haroekoe and north Ceram coastal targets. A-20s pound supply and
fuel dumps in the Sarmi area. The 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th
Fighter Group moves from Biak to Tacloban with P-38s; and the 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, moves
from Owi to Tacloban with P-38s and P-61s.
RAAF - Lost over Manokwari is P-40N A29-821 (MIA) and Walrus X9559 (crew KIA / POW).
USN: During the Battle Off Samar, the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf sunk is USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413.
IJN: During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Yamato is damaged on her bow area
and takes on 3,000 tons of sea water, but survived the battle. During the Battle of the Surigao Strait, sunk by bomb and torpedos is Fuso.