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November 1944
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WEDNESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Kurile Islands, a B-24 on an armed weather mission bombs Otomari Cape.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, about 70 fighters again support Chinese ground forces in the Lungling area; 13 fighters strafe river, road, and rail traffic from Kunghsien to Loyang; the detachments of the 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), operating from Kweilin and Liuchow with B-25s, return to base at Yang Tong; the detachment of the 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, operating from Nanning with P-51s, returns to base at Kunming.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ fighter-bombers knock out the bridge at Panghkam, slightly damage bridges in the Wingkang and Kawnghka area, hit railroad targets of opportunity between Indaw and Naba, attack Japanese positions near Bhamo, Si-in, Hantet, and Shwegu, and bomb the towns of Loiwing and Lagaw; 9 B-25s damage bridge approaches at Hsenwi, Namhkai, and Kawnghka. The elements of the 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, operating from Hsinching and Pengshan with F-7s, return to the detachment base at Changyi (squadron is based at Guskhara).

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 B-24s from Guam attack shipping NE of Iwo Jima. Twelve B-24s escorting a US Navy photo aircraft fly over Iwo Jima and Haha Jima and Chichi Jima bomb airfields, a warehouse, and shipping. P-47s from Saipan strafe Pagan. During the night of 1/2 Nov a B-24 on a snooper mission from Saipan Island bombs Iwo Jima.

USN - Sunk by a torpedo from USS Pintado (SS-387) is Akikaze.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb airfields at Cebu and Alicante and supply dumps at Del Monte; fighter-bombers hit airfields at Bacolod, Alicante, and Carolina; P-47s attack shipping and shore targets during a sweep over the Sulu Archipelago. P-38s and B-25s pound Namlea Airfield. A-20s and B-25s hit Babo Airfield in New Guinea. The 394th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Noemfoor to Morotai. During Nov 44: - HQ V Bomber Command and HQ V Fighter Command move from Owi, Schouten Islands to Leyte Island, Philippine Islands.- HQ 2d Combat Cargo Group and the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Combat Cargo Squadrons arrive on Biak from the US with C-46s.

THURSDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 1944

(Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s bomb Suribachi on Paramushiru and Onnekotan. Four B-25s on a photo and offensive sweep bomb targets at Torishima and Hayakegawa setting fire to 15 buildings, including a cannery.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over SW and SE China and N French Indochina attack targets of opportunity in the Lungling and Mangshih, China area, knock out bridge at Dara, Thailand and hit Nantingshun and Pinglo, China; Fighter- bombers also damage 4 factories at Kweilin, hit tanks and troop concentrations N of town, attack targets of opportunity near Pinglo, Tahsu and E of Yungfu, and the airfield, barracks, town area, and trains at Gia Lam. In China, the 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Yang Tong to Yangkai with B-25s; the detachment of the 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), operating from Liuchow with B-25s, returns to base at Yangkai.

(Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ P-47s hit a variety of targets; the fighter-bombers bomb a bridge at Ho-hko, support ground forces at Myothit, bomb supply dumps at Namdaungmawn, personnel and supply areas at Naungletgyi and Mawtaung, knock out a bridge at Meza, hit nearby railroad cars, attack airfields at Nawnghkio and Sinlanzu and strike boats and boxcars S of Katha; 8 B-25s knock out 2 bridges at Tangon and Tantabin; a single B-25 bombs Indaw; transports fly 268 sorties to forward areas; HQ Tenth AF moves from New Delhi to Myitkyina. In India, the 6th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, based at Asansol, with P-47s, sends a detachment to operate from Cox's Bazar; the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, arrives at Sylhet from the US with C-47s.

(Seventh Air Force): Eleven Saipan based B-24s bomb Chichi Jima; three B-24s from Guam on armed reconnaissance hit Marcus.

(Twentieth Air Force): Seventeen Marianas based B-29s bomb the submarine pens on Dublon.

[SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s over Ormoc Bay on Leyte attack a Japanese convoy, claiming 1 transport sunk and another damaged; P-38s hit smaller shipping in Ormoc Bay, strafe vehicles from Ormoc to Valencia, Mindanao, and bomb San Enrique; on Mindanao Island, B-25s pound Matina, Libby, Davao and Likanan; the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, arrives at Tacloban from Biak with B-25s; the 432d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, arrives at Dulag from Biak with P-38s. During the night of 2/3 Nov B-24s bomb Makassar, concentrating on the wharf area. The 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), arrives on Morotai Island from Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands with B-25s and F-5s (detachments are operating from Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands and Sansapor).

(USN) Patrol planes of the 7th Fleet attack Caldera Point Seaplane Base. Several of the Japanese seaplanes receive direct hits, others were damaged.

FRIDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 69 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over E Burma, SW and SE China, and N French Indochina hit targets of opportunity in the Lungling, China area, damage a railroad bridge S of Lashio, Burma, hit the town of Mangshih, China and destroy a nearby warehouse. In China, the fighter-bombers hit the town areas and docks at Takhing and Tengyun, attack troops in the Mosun area, destroy two Japanese fighters near Amoy, hit trains at Hongay, French Indochina, and bomb areas on Hainan.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s, supported by 18 P-47s, hit Nawnghkio Airfield; a single B-25 attacks targets of opportunity between Myitkyina and Lashio; 90+ fighter-bombers attack bridges, enemy forces, town areas and numerous targets of opportunity at and Hinlong, China and Kawngmu, Namhai, Tonlon, Ho-hko, Namhsum, Hkusan, Hkawngwa, Wingkang, Namhkam, and S of Mansi. Tenth AF transports fly 240+ sorties to forward areas.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 49 B-29s, operating from rear bases in the Calcutta, India area, bomb the Malagon railroad yards in Burma; almost as many others hit alternate targets.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 14 B-24s from Guam pound shipping at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima. 34 P-47s from Saipan bomb and strafe Pagan. B-24s from Saipan continue armed reconnaissance and snooper missions over Marcus and Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-25s bomb Alicante Airfield on Negros Island and P-40s hit a highway and oil dump N of Ormoc on Leyte Island; HQ 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group moves from Biak to Leyte; the 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Biak to Dulag but the air echelon operates from Tacloban, Leyte Island with P-40s. A-20s and B-25s bomb Babo Airfield on New Guinea. During the night of 3/4 Nov harassing strikes are flown at airfields in the C Philippine Islands, on the NE peninsula of Celebes Island, and on Halmahera Island in the Moluccas Islands.



SATURDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s strike the Suribachi Airfield, buildings, and offshore shipping at Suribachi and Kurabu on Paramushiru.

ZONE OF INTERIOR: The first report is received of a Japanese balloon SW of San Pedro, California; the US Navy recovers some apparatus, envelope, and rigging.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 34 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s attack road traffic and other targets of opportunity in the Mangshih and Lungling areas; 4 P-38s bomb the pass near Menghsu, blocking the highway.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 17 P-47s pound Shwebo Airfield while 6 others bomb stores of guns and ammunition at Mong Yaw.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 18 Saipan Island-based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima airfields; 2 others, on shipping reconnaissance, bomb Naha Jima. 2 B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Guam Island bomb Marcus. 16 P-47s bomb landing strip on Pagan. The 316th Troop Carrier Squadron, VI Air Service Area Command, arrives at Kahuku AAB, Hawaii from the US with C-47s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s pound Alicante Airfield on Negros Island; the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, arrives at Dulag from Biak with F-5s. The detachment of the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), ceases operating from Sansapor with F-5s and returns to base on Morotai.

RAAF - Lost on a anti-shipping sweep is B-25D Mitchell A47-8.



SUNDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s abort an offensive sweep off Suribachi due to intense shore fire; four more B-25s fly armed reconnaissance over Shimushu and at deck level bomb Torishima targets; of four fighters intercepting the B-25s, one is downed; four B-24s bomb Onnekotan and Matsuwa. Three more B-24s bomb Katalka Naval Base on Shimushu, starting fires; seven fighters intercept and the B-24s down one.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 49 P-40s, P-38s, and P-51s attack storage facilities and other targets of opportunity around Wanling, Burma and Mangshih, Chefang, and Kweihsien; the 22d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), based at Yangkai, sends a detachment to operate from Yunnani with B-25s; the 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Fourteenth AF, moves from Madhaiganj to Chengtu with P-61s (detachment begin operating from Kunming during the month).

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, about 70 P-47s attack Lashio Airfield, hit gun positions on Kyundaw Island, bomb the Kanbalu marshalling yard, hit targets of opportunity along the Naba-Wuntho railroad
and on the Burma Road and bomb the town of Namhpakka and the Lasai area; 28 P-47s maintain patrols south of Myitkyina; transports fly 300+ sorties carrying men, equipment and supplies to various forward areas.

(Twentieth Air Force): 53 of 76 B-29 bombers dispatched from the Calcutta area attacked Singapore naval base putting the King George VI Dock (one of the world's best dry docks) out of operation for 3 months. Two B-29 bombers were lost and among the missing aircrew was Col. Ted S. Faulkner, the 468th BG commanding officer’ in the B-29 "Lethal Lady" 42-6370, which went down at sea, but the search parties only managed to find some empty rafts without the survivors. Seven B-29 bombers from the 58th BW attack the Pangkalanbrandan refinery on Sumatra when they were unable to reach their primary target at Singapore.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Guam Island hit shipping in the Bonin and, during an armed reconnaissance mission, bomb Marcus.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 24 Mariana Islands based B-29s bomb 2 Iwo Jima Island airfields, starting tactical operations against the island in preparation for the US invasion in Feb 45.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and P-40s attack airfields and barges in the C Philippine Islands. B-24s also hit the town of Bima and Waingapoe Bay shipping on Soembawa Island in the Lesser Sunda Islands. B-25s and fighter-bombers strike airfields, troop concentrations, and communications targets throughout the Halmahera Island area and NE peninsula of Celebes Island. Fighter-bombers and A-20s hit Amahai and targets of opportunity on the S coast of Ceram Island. Almost 50 A-20s, supporting ground forces, blast installations in Sarmi area. HQ 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group arrives at Leyte from Biak. The ground echelons of the 35th and 36th Fighter Squadrons, 8th Fighter Group, move from Morotai to Dulag (air echelon continues to operate P-38s from Morotai).

MONDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Kurile Islands, 4 B-25s bomb Torishima Island, score a hit on a large building, sink two nearby barges, and probably hit other shipping targets; about 20 fighters intercept, downing 1 B-25; the B-25s claim 3 victories.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 16 P-40s pound the Mangshih and Lungling areas; 15 others hit buildings and other targets of opportunity at Wanling, Burma and around Chefang and Kweihsien; the detachment of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, operating from Liuchow with F-5s, returns to base at Kunming.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): AAF, India-Burma Sector, China- Burma-India Theater is redesignated AAF, India-Burma Theater. In Burma, 70+ P-47s, sweep airfields at Anisakan, Onbauk, Shwebo, Kin, and Kawlin; destroy and damage bridges at Hinlong, China and Wingkang; bomb the town of Mawtaung and marshalling yard at Kanbalu; hit boxcars at Wuntho and Meza, boats along the Irrawaddy River from Katha to Twinnge, and attack several scattered targets of opportunity; 28 P-47s fly combat patrols south of Myitkyina; 8 B-25s bomb the military area at Namun and supply dump at Mansi; large-scale transport operations continue; the 165th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Tamu to Yazagyo with UC-64s and L-5s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb shipping off Okimura and Higashi-minato and hit Ani Jima. During the night of 6/7 Nov a snooper mission is flown over Iwo Jima airfields; the dispersal areas and runways are bombed. Beginning on this date and continuing through 24 Dec 44, B-24s on Saipan Island fly 24 missions to lay 170 mines in several anchorages throughout the Bonin Islands.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s strike Lahug and Fabrica Airfields, while fighter-bombers pound Palompon on Leyte Island, a bridge N of Valencia on Mindanao, and barges in Ormoc Bay, Leyte Island, all in the Philippine Islands. B-24s bomb Malili on Celebes Island. The 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Biak to Morotai with B-25s.

TUESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 6 B-25s bomb the railroad yards at Yuncheng; 2 B-25s and 21 P-51s, P-40s, and P-38s hit targets of opportunity around Wanling, Burma and Mangshih, Chefang, and Lungling; HQ 68th Composite Wing moves from Liuchow to Luliang; the air echelon of the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF (attached to 23d Fighter Group), ceases operating from Liuchow and returns to base at Chengkung with P-51s.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ P-47s hit gun positions, supply areas, and troops at Bhamo, Pintin, and in the vicinity of Myazedi, bomb airfields at Kawlin, Shwebo, and Onbauk, hit a fuel dump near
Panghkam road junction, attack railroad targets of opportunity between Indaw and Shwebo, and targets of opportunity along the Irrawaddy River between Bhamo and Katha; 28 P-47s maintain overlapping patrols over the area south of Myitkyina; transports fly 260+ sorties to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Guam strike Iwo Jima and during an armed reconnaissance flight, bomb AA positions on Marcus. P-47s strafe the airfield on Pagan during the early morning and follow up with rocket and strafing runs later in the morning.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and fighter-bombers hit Fabrica, Alicante, and Bacolod and Opon Airfields; shipping at various C Philippine Islands locations, and communications and supply targets at Tambuco, Ormoc, and Palompon on Leyte Island, Valencia on Mindanao Island, and other areas; P-38s and B-25s hit Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao and targets of opportunity in Macajalar Bay on Mindanao, and Mandai Airfield; the 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group, moves from Hollandia to Dulag with A-20s. On Celebes Island, B-25s hit Tanamon, Mapanget, and Langoan. B-25s and fighter-bombers hit Galela Airfield, Miti Airfield, and Kaoe Airfield. In sweeps over Boeroe Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, and Ceram Island, Moluccas Islands, small groups of B-25s and P-38s hit runways and small shipping. B-24s bomb Raba Estate in the Sunda Islands. The 4th Photographic Charting Squadron, 311th Photographic Wing (Mapping and Charting) (attached to Thirteenth AF), arrives at Hollandia from the US with F-7s (the squadron will begin mapping of the SW and W Pacific in Dec 44).

USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 14015

WEDNESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): An 8-aircraft shipping sweep is cancelled due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In S China and N French Indochina 2 B-25s hit railroad tracks at Lohochai, China and 2 others hit tracks at Duc Tho, French Indochina. 4 P-51s blast road machinery near Muse, Burma. 15 B-25s, 13 P-40s and P-51s pound storage buildings, villages, and other targets of opportunity throughout the Mangshih, China area.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ P-47s support ground forces in the Mawlu area, bomb personnel, supplies, and communications facilities at Tunhong, Chaungdauk, and Kutkai, gun positions at Hsipaw, the Man Hpa town area, Kawlin Airfield and targets of opportunity along the Kawlin-Pinwe railroad; 8 B-25s knock out the Bawgyo railroad bridge. 270+ transports fly sorties to forward areas. In India, a detachment of the 5th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, begins operating from Fenny with P-47s; the detachment of the 6th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1stAir Commando Group, operating from Cox's Bazar return to base at Asanol.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit shipping at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima. A single B-24 on a snooper mission bombs Iwo Jima during the night of 8/9. P-47s attempt a fighter sweep over Pagan but must abort because of bad weather.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 17 B-29s are airborne against the airfield on Iwo Jima; 6 manage to bomb through a hole in the cloud cover; others fail to bomb the target; enemy aircraft drop phosphorus bombs on the formations, damaging 1 B-29; 1 B-29 ditches, the first aircraft lost by the XXI Bomber Command on a combat mission.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again hit Alicante Airfield. Lost are B-24L 44-41421 (entire crew KIA) and B-24J 44-41264 (crew rescued). B-25s bomb Langoan Airfield while P-38s on sweeps over the Kendari area hit parked aircraft, shipping, the nickel mine, and other targets of opportunity. On Halmahera Island, B-25s attack Kaoe and Hate Tabako Airfield while others hit targets of opportunity on Ceram. The 12th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, based at Sansapor begins operating from Morotai with P-38s. The 424th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), that has been operating from Noemfoor with B-24s, returns to base on Wakde.

THURSDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eleventh AF: An 8-plane armed reconnaissance sweep and a 4-plane bombing
mission are cancelled due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 8 B-25s bomb Mangshih while 10 P-38s hit targets of opportunity in the Mangshih-Chefang area; 6 B-25s bomb Kaifeng while 6 others hit sampans, storage areas, and other targets of opportunity in the Yiyang area; 160 P-40s, P-38s, and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over wide expanses of S China and N Indochina attack trucks, gun positions, river and coastal shipping, and other targets of opportunity at or near Pingnam, Kweihsien, Changsha, Yoyang, Siangtan, Lushan, Kioshan, Paoching, Hengyang, Liangshan, Liuchow, Suikai, and Weichow Island and Gia Lam and Kien An, French Indochina.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ aircraft bomb concentrations and supply areas at Kutkai, Shwebo, Mawtawng, and Kunhailong, bomb the airfield at Kawlin, knock out a bridge at Ho-hko, and support ground forces and hit targets of opportunity near Chyauhkawng, Namakyaing, Sepein, Tonlon, and at other points in the same general area; 6 B-25s bomb rail yards at Kanbalu; transports continue large-scale operations, flying nearly 300 sorties to forward areas; the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, moves from Kisselbari to Myitkyina with P-40s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Guam, fly shipping reconnaissance over the Bonin Islands attacking vessels and AA positions at Haha Jima, shipping and town at Okimura and returning, strafe Iwo Jima. P-47s from Saipan strafe storage caves on Pagan. During the night of 9/10 Nov a lone B-24 from Guam on a snooper mission, bombs Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, fighter-bombers attack a convoy off the W coast of Leyte Island and hit barges and shipping near Ormoc; B-24s bomb Carolina Airfield on Negros Island. B-25s attack several airfields and villages in the NE peninsula of Celebes and Halmahera Islands. A-20s strike Piroe on Ceram Island. HQ 309th Bombardment Wing moves from Noemfoor to Owi. The 70th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, based at Sansapor begins operating from Morotai Island with P-38s. The 408th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Owi to Leyte with B-24s; the 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, moves from Biak to Dulag with P-38s.

FRIDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 11 B-25s pound storage buildings and the town area of Wanling, Burma. In China, 130+ P-40s, P-38s, and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over S China attack river, road and rail traffic, storage, airfield and villages at or near Tingka, Chefang, Kweilin, Yoyang, Nanyo, Changsha, Paoching, Kweihsien, Yungfu, Wuchou, Siangtan, Tanchuk, Mosun, Kweiping, Yuncheng, Chenghsien, Hankow, and Chikhom.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 60+ P-47s again attack a variety of targets including Japanese concentrations at Bhamo, Indaw, Hkapra, and Nawngtao, the town of Naba Station, bridges at Meza and in the Kawlin area, and targets of opportunity along the Irrawaddy River and along the railroad corridor in N Burma and support ground forces S of Bhamo; transports fly 250+ sorties to forward areas; the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, that has been operating from Tingkawk Sakan since Jun 44 with P-40s, returns to base at Myitkyina.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 27 Saipan based B-24s pound Iwo Jima. Six B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Koror.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s and A-20s over Ceram bomb Haroekoe Airfield, Piroe, and targets of opportunity on the S coast. Fighter-bombers again hit Ormoc Bay shipping. Lost is P-38J 44-23397. while B-25s join US Navy aircraft in shipping strikes throughout the same area; at least 3 destroyers are claimed sunk; B-24s in the area bomb the town of Ormoc; the 19th and 33d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Owi to Leyte Island with B-24s; the 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, moves from Noemfoor to Tacloban with P-47s; the 500th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 345th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Mokmer to Dulag with B-25s (squadron continues operating from Biak). The 371st, 372d and 424th Bombardment Squadrons, 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Wakde Island to Morotai with B-24s (squadrons are operating from Noemfoor). Lost are A-20G 43-21428, P-38L 44-23957 and P-38L 44-23935. Lost on a training flight are B-25 piloted by Thompson

USMC: Lost is TBF Avenger 45946.

USN: USS Mount Hood AE-11 accidentally exploded in Seeadler Harbor off Manus.

RCAF: Lost on a night navigation exercise is B-24 Liberator KH-108.

RAAF: Crashed due to an aerial collision is Beaufighter A19-36 (crew KIA).

SATURDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 18 B-25s hit Phuc Yen, French Indochina, Wan Lai-Kam, Burma, and damage a bridge on the Mekong River in French Indochina. 10 B-25s bomb Kweilin Airfield while 4 hit Wanling, Burma. 5 B-25s and 6 P-40s attack Chingmen Airfield, China. 70+ P-40s, P-51s and P-38s over S China and N Indochina on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity at several locations, concentrating on Lampang, Thailand, and the Changsha, Lingling, and Hengyang, China areas.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, nearly 90 P-47s hit troop concentrations at Chaungdauk, Nawngtao, Mankang, and in the Indaw vicinity; damage and knock out bridges at Meza and S of Kawlin, score near misses on bridges in the Hsenwi and Namhkai area; blast a radio installation near Manoi, bomb Kawlin Airfield, hit rail traffic between Shwebo and Padu, and attack targets of opportunity along the Irrawaddy River from Tigyaing to Twinnge. Transports fly 237 sorties to forward areas. The 115th Liaison Squadron, Tenth AF, arrives at Ledo from the US with L-1s and L-5s. A detachment of the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), Tenth AF, begins operating from Tulihal, India with C-47s (squadron is based at Sylhet, India).

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Escorted by newly arrived P-38s (some of which also escort the B-29 on Truk Atoll) 29 Guam based B-24s pound Iwo Jima airfields. 16 Saipan based P-47s hit Pagan beach defenses and storage caves.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): The last of the 6 preliminary training missions of the XXI Bomber Command is directed at Truk Atoll where eight B-29s bomb Dublon submarine pens.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s hit Dumaguete Airfield on Negros Island while fighter-bombers hit shipping in the Palompon area of Leyte Island and targets of opportunity at Valencia on Mindanao. Fighter-bombers and B-25s hit shipping and Namlea Airfield. On Celebes Island, P-38s hit Kendari Airfield and B-24s bomb the Ninring River area.

SUNDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s fly armed reconnaissance over Onnekotan and Matsuwa.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 8 B-25s knock out a railway bridge and damage 2 others near Thanh Hoa, French Indochina. In Burma, 4 B-25s bomb the town of Man Pwe while 4 attack Wanling. In China, 38 P-51s and P-40s hit Hengyang Airfield and attack river, rail, and road traffic, artillery pieces, pillboxes, and storage around Hengyang, Lingling, and Kweilin; 13 P-40s hit the Changsha area; 40 P-51s and P-38s hit various targets of opportunity at several other locations scattered throughout S China and N French Indochina; the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Kunming, sends a flight to operate from Suichwan with F-5s (other flights are operating from Kanchow and Hanchung).

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 P-47s support ground forces in the Pinwe area and near Indaw; 24 attack supplies and communications targets in the Kawlin area while 9 bomb Japanese concentrations at Indaw and Man Hkong; the town of Pegon is attacked by 11 P-47s and 20+ others and 9 B-25s hit targets of opportunity during the sweeps of the Irrawaddy River from Singu to Katha and along rail lines at several points in N Burma. 250+ transport sorties are flown to forward bases and frontline areas. HQ 2d Air Commando Group arrives at Kalaikunda, India from the US.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 29 Chengtu based B-29s bomb Omura, Kyushu; 20+ others bomb the last resort target of Nanking (due to bad weather over Omura), and 20+ more hit various alternate targets and targets of opportunity.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 29 Saipan based B-24s with P-38 escort bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima. 11 P-47s strafe the runway and storage area on Pagan. During the night a B-24 on a snooper mission bombs Iwo Jima. B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Koror.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Alicante Airfield while on Leyte, fighter-bombers hit Linao barges on the W coast and shipping in Ormoc Bay; B-25s bomb Daliao Airfield and Matina Airfields. B-24s and fighter-bombers over NE Celebes and Halmahera Islands attack shipping and Djailolo Airfield on Halmahera Island. 50+ B-25s blast Mapia Island and Asia Island. Lost is B-25G 42-65142. Units moving to Leyte: HQ 91st Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) moves from Biak; HQ 345th Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 498th and 499th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) from Biak with B-25s (squadrons continue to operate from Biak). The 370th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), ceases operating from Noemfoor with B-24s and returns to base on Wakde.

USMC: Lost is FG-1A Corsair 14026.

MONDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s bomb Man Pwe while 4 others blast 3 warehouses at Wanling. 60+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over S China and as far W and SW as Burma and Thailand hit numerous targets of opportunity including shipping, troops, and railroad targets.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 100+ fighter-bombers pound numerous targets in N Burma; close support strikes are made on the Pinwe area, bridges at Namhkai, Meza, and Thegyaung, on troop concentrations and on supplies at Loi-Lum and Namhpakka; the ferry crossing at Shweli is hit by 12-hour delay bombs, the Nawnghkio landing ground is strafed, and numerous targets of opportunity along the Irrawaddy River and rail lines in N Burma are hit. Transports fly 300+ sorties to forward areas; the 166th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Asansol to Yazagyo with UC-64s and L-5s; the 427th Night Fighter Squadron, AAF, India-Burma Theater, based at Pandaveswar, sends detachment to operate from Myitkyina with P-61s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 6 B-24s from Guam escorting US Navy photo aircraft over Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands, attack shipping at Futamiko in the Bonin; 1 B-24 from Saipan carrying out an unsuccessful shipping search, bombs Iwo Jima. Seven B-24s from Angaur Airfield hit oil storage on Malakal and attack a bridge between Malakal and Koror.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s pound Fabrica Airfield on Negros Island while fighter-bombers hit shipping and other targets of opportunity; a few fighter-bombers hit Legaspi Airfield; B-25s, with P-38 cover, hit San Roque Airfield and Zamboanga town; the 433d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, moves from Biak to Dulag with P-38s; the 501st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 345th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Biak to Dulag but continues to operate from Biak. Over Halmahera Island and in the Ceram Island area fighter-bombers and A-20s bomb airfields and various targets of opportunity. Pegun Island, New Guinea, is blasted by 2 waves of 70 A-20s.

TUESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In E Burma and in the China-Burma boundary areas 8 B-25s bomb Wanling and Hsenwi, Burma; 15 P-38s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity around Wanling, Burma and Mangshih, China.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s bomb a supply area near Lashio; 56 fighter-bombers hit supply areas, enemy concentrations, town areas, and general targets of opportunity at Tingka, China and Kutkai, Sandaya, Palaung, Kawlin, and in the Shwebo-Kyaukmyaung area. 12 support ground forces in the Pinwe area, 4 bomb Sindaw River bridges and 30+ others maintain patrols south of Myitkyina. 300+ transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 22 Saipan and Guam based B-24s bomb Woleai, hitting an airfield and adjacent installations and firing an oil dump. 4 Saipan based P-47s hit the airfield on Pagan. During the night of 14/15 Nov a B-24 from Saipan on a snooper mission attacks shipping SW of the Bonin.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s pound Pegun Island, New Guinea in preparation for allied amphibious landings early the following morning. B-24s strike Langoan Airfield. In the Philippine Islands, B-24s, with P-38 and P-47 cover, bomb Bacolod Airfield on Negros Island while fighter-bombers hit trucks and buildings in the Valencia, Mindanao area and near Linao on Leyte Island and hit shipping S of Ormoc on Leyte Island; B-25s and fighter-bombers pound Lahug and Opon Airfield; the 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium) moves from Morotai to Leyte; the ground echelon of the 418th Night Fighter Squadron, 13 AF, moves from Morotai to Dulag (the air echelon remains on Morotai with P-61s). The 370th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves form Wakde to Morotai with B-24s.

WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-25s weather-abort an armed photo reconnaissance over Paramushiru.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 19 B-25s and 16 P-51s and P-40s over SW China, W Burma, and N Indochina hit railroad targets, villages, town areas, and general targets of opportunity at or near man Pwe and Wanling, Burma; Mangshih and Tingka, China; Quang Yen, Nam Dinh, and Thanh Hoa, French Indochina.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s attack the airfield at Kawlin; 42 P-47s hit supplies, troop and vehicle concentrations, and targets of opportunity at Mansak, Gyogon, Banmauk, Namtao, and Wuntho; 20 support ground forces in the Pinwe area while 16 attack bypass bridges at Kawnghka and Namhkai, knocking out the latter; 8 P-47s bomb Kyaikthin rail sidings and junction, 8 strafe Anisakan Airfield, and 12 hit targets of opportunity during N Burma road sweeps. 280 transport sorties are flown.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Guam based B-24s on a shipping strike attack vessels off Haha Jima and Chichi Jima. During the night of 15/16, one Saipan based B-24 on a snooper mission, bombs Iwo Jima after failing to find shipping targets.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s and fighter-bombers support allied amphibious landings in Mapia Islands off the NW coast of New Guinea. In NE Celebes B-24s bomb Tanamon, Celebes Island while other B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers hit scattered targets of opportunity on Celebes and Halmahera Islands. In the Philippine Islands, B-24s, with P-38 support, bomb La Carlota Airfield while B-25s hit Lahug; B-25s and fighter-bombers attack targets of opportunity on Cebu and shipping off the W coast of Leyte Island; on Mindanao Island B-24s hit 3 airfields while P-38s hit shipping and other targets of opportunity; HQ 22d and 43d Bombardment Groups move from Owi to Leyte; the 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group, moves from Hollandia to Dulag; the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, moves from Biak to Dulag (air echelon continues operating from Biak with F-7s; the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Morotai to Dulag but continues to operate from Morotai with P-38s. 68th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Nadzab to Biak (detachment remains at Biak) with C-47s.

THURSDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 B-24s bomb Changsha; 8 B-25s hit Lohochai and bomb the Wanling, Burma area. In French Indochina, 16 B-25s hit Nghia Trang, Duc Tho, Nha Trang, and Do Len. 70+ P-40s and P-51s over SE and SW China on armed reconnaissance attack road, river, and rail traffic, town areas, and other targets of opportunity at several scattered locations.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 30 P-47s hit troop concentrations and supply areas at Naungmo, Nawngmoloi, and Lashio; 11 support ground forces in the Pinwe area, 4 attack bridges at Meza and over the Sindaw River; 4 bomb the Meza railroad station, 16 sweep the railroad from Sagaing to Kanbalu, and 16 strafe Nawnghkioand Hsumhsai Airfields. Transports fly 270+ sorties to forward bases and frontline areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Twelve Saipan based B-24s bomb shipping off Chichi Jima while two others attack barges at Haha Jima. 12 P-47s and 3 P-38s hit the airfield on Pagan in the first combat strike by P-38s in the Mariana Islands. During the night of 16/17 Nov a snooper mission in the Bonins, a B-24 attacks shipping.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Colonel Willard R. Wolfinbarger becomes Commanding Officer of the XIII Fighter Command. In the C Philippine Islands and in the Mindanao area B-25s, B-24s, and fighter-bombers hit airfields, harbors, shipping, and targets of opportunity. In the Kendari area and on the NE peninsula of Celebes and on Halmahera, B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers pound airfields, villages and shipping. B-25s also support ground forces in the Mapia and bomb Namlea Airfield. Lost is B-24J 44-40924. Units moving to Leyte: HQ 3d Bombardment Group and 90th Bombardment Squadron from Hollandia with A-20s; HQ 348th Fighter Group from Noemfoor.

FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s bomb Suribachi Airfield; two fighters intercept and damage one B-24 which force lands on Kamchatka.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 3 B-24s bomb Kowloon Docks, Hong Kong; 15 B-25s, in flights of 2 or 3 each, attack gun positions, storage areas, and village and town areas N of Chuchou, W of Nanyo, and at Chefang and Nanyo and S of Hpalen, Burma; also a bridge at Tingka is knocked out; 100+ P-40s and P-51s hit targets of opportunity throughout SE and SW China, concentrating on the Mangshih and Changsha areas.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 33 P-47s hit troop and vehicle concentrations and supply areas at Manlu, Loi-Lum, Nawngmoloi, and Kyaukme; 10 P-47s support ground forces in the N Burma railroad corridor near Meza; 16 others sweep the rail line from Hsipaw to Sedaw hitting rolling stock, gun positions and other targets of opportunity while 3 bomb the Meza railroad station; 16 others strafe airfields at Nawnghkio, Anisakan, and Onbauk; 9 B-25s bomb bridges at Lashio, knocking out a bypass bridge and damaging others; several machinegun positions are silenced in the bridge area; transports continue to operate on large scale, flying 266 sorties to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Fifteen B-24s, flying a shipping strike out of Saipan, attack vessels SW of Muko Jima Island and the attack harbor and town of Okimura.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Legaspi Airfield; B-24s bomb Sasa and Likanan; other B-24s and B-25s fly heckling missions over the Central Philippines, Mindanao, and NE Celebes B-25s continue to support ground forces on Mapia Island. HQ 317th Troop Carrier Group moves from Hollandia to Leyte.

USN: USS Gunnel SS-253 sinks Hiyodori in the South China Sea.

SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s strike Suribachi shore batteries, including one on Takikawa Cape. A shipping sweep by 6 B-25s is cancelled due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Ten B-25s blast stores at Hengshan and hit populated areas from Ishan to Liuchow; 130+ P-51s, P-40s, and P-38s pound targets of opportunity scattered over vast areas of S China; troops, shipping, supplies, trucks, and railroad targets are hit particularly hard north of Lingling, from Liuchow to Ishan, from Hengshan to Hengyang, from Kweilin to Liuchou, from Siangtan to Paoching, and at Chuanhsien, Hwaiyuanchen, Chingmen, Chuchiang, and Shihkiachwang.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 27 fighter-bombers support ground forces S of Pinwe and in the Bhamo area; 16 attack troops and supply area at Panglong and Nga-pwegyi while 7 hit the ferry area at Meza; 20 hit targets of opportunity along the Kanbalu-Wuntho railroad and at Maymyo and Wetwin; 9 B-25s pound Man Pwe rail yards, destroying warehouses and other buildings and causing much general damage. Transports continue large-scale operations to forward areas. In India, the detachment of the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, operating from Tulihal with C-47s returns to base at Sylhet.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan and Guam hit shipping at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima. P-38s and B-24s from Saipan escort photo planes over Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Mindanao-NE Celebes area B-24s, B-25s and A-20s again hit airfields and targets of opportunity. Fighter-bombers, A-20s, and B-25s over several locations in the Philippine Islands pound shipping, supply and personnel areas, harbors, barges, airstrips, and communications targets. In Borneo, B-24s, with P-38s and P-47s supporting, launch a major strike against oil installations at Tarakan; other B-24s and B-25s hit shipping off Tarakan and in Brunei Bay. In the Makassar and Kendari area B-24s bomb Polewali shipyards; B-24s pound airfields in the Ceram-Ambon area while P-38s strafe shipping. B-25s continue to support ground forces on Mapia Island off the NW coast of New Guinea. HQ 58th Fighter Group and the 310th and 311th Fighter Squadrons move from Noemfoor to San Roque with P-47s. 66th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Nadzab to Biak with C-47s.

SUNDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-24s bomb Samah Bay docks. In China, 10 B-25s damage 2 buildings N of Chefang and score hits on bridges at Tingka and Wan Lai-Kam, Burma; 8 P-40s and P-38s hit targets of opportunity S of Tingka and Chefang; Nineteen P-40s blast troops and river, rail, and road traffic in the Hankow area; 27 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s hit numerous targets of opportunity in the Mangshih area. The 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Chanyi, sends a flight to operate from Suichwan with F-5s.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s support ground forces attacking Bhamo and fighting in the Pinwe area; 36 P-47s pound enemy concentrations at Man Mao, Sekang, and Manlu. Transports fly 290 sorties to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 5 B-24s from Guam on armed reconnaissance over Iwo Jima and bomb airfields on Iwo Jima while 15 hit shipping at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima. 1 B-24 from Angaur Airfield bombs Legaspi Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Alicante and Palompon on Leyte Island while P-47s hit the Valencia, Mindanao and Ormoc, Leyte Island areas. 90th BG B-24s hit Libby Airfield; others bomb airfields at Sasa on Mindanao Island, and Sidate, Mapanget, and Borebore on Celebes Island. B-25s and A-20s hit airfields and shipping in the Ceram Island-Ambon Island-Boeroe Island area. B-25s and A-20s hit targets on Asia Island. Units moving to Leyte Island: HQ 312th Bombardment Group and the 386th, 387th, 388th and 389th Bombardment Squadrons from Hollandia, New Guinea with A-20s; 2d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), from Owi with B-24s; 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group, from Hollandia; 403d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy) from Owi with B-24s. Lost is B-24J 44-41258.

USN: Carrier aircraft from USS Cabot strike Batangas Airfield and Lipa Airfield. Lost over Lipa Airfield (West Lipa) exploding over the runway is TBM Avenger 46355 (MIA).

MONDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 3 B-24s fly an air cover mission for the US Navy.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 8 B-25s hit the barracks area at Lashio, Burma; 60+ P-38s, P-40s, and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over parts of SE and SW China and French Indochina attack shipping especially severely in the Chiuchiang area and barracks, radio stations, villages, and other targets of opportunity. In China, the flight of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, operating from Kanchow with F-5s, returns to base at Kunming.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 7 B-25s knock out the Hsipaw road bridge; 4 others fail to damage the Bawgyo bridge; 12 P-47s support ground forces in the Pinwe sector; 20+ others hit defenses at Mong Nge, a horse transport unit at Selan, bomb storage areas at Kyungon and Kyakataing, Japanese HQ and troop concentration at Man Mao, and several scattered targets of opportunity. Transports maintain continuous flights to forward bases and frontline areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Bad weather cancels all bombing missions.

USN - Lost in a kaiten manned torpedo attack is USS Mississinewa (AO-59) in the Urushi Anchorage off Ulithi.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Haroekoe Airfield and Laha Airfield. P-38s hit targets of opportunity over Sidate and in the Makassar areas. Units moving to Leyte Island: HQ Fifth AF moves from Owi; 13th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group, from Hollandia to Dulag with A-20s. The 371st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), ceases operating form Noemfoor with B-24s and moves forward to Morotai.

TUESDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Advance HQ Eleventh AF is established on Shemya with Brigadier General Harry A Johnson as Deputy Commander. 5 B-24s fly air coverage for naval units; another fleet coverage mission by 10 B-25s is cancelled due to weather; before clearance can be obtained from the Soviets through diplomatic channels, a B-24 air drops provisions to a marooned crew of a B-24 which force landed on Kamchatka on November 17, 1944.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 42 P-51s and P-38s on armed reconnaissance attack fuel supplies and the town area at Ishan and road and rail traffic and other targets of opportunity N of Wanling, Burma and in the Chiuchiang area, S of Foochow, and at Hsuchang, Sincheng, and Sheklung.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 61 B-29s from Chengtu, bomb an aircraft plant at Omura, Kyushu; 13 B-29s bomb Shanghai, and several others hit alternates and targets of opportunity; the B-29s claim 27 fighters downed, the highest Twentieth AF claim to date.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 28 P-47s support ground forces in the Pinwe and Bhamo areas; 37 others hit supply areas, troop concentrations and strongholds at Langwa, Pinmalut, Hlebwe, Mutawng, and
Nawnghkem; 15 P-47s hit targets of opportunity while sweeping the Kyaukme-Namyao road; 10 B-25s knock out bridges at Hsipaw and Bawgyo. Transports fly 280+ sorties to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Seventh AF service groups are reassigned from the VII Air Service Area Command to the VII Bomber Command and VII Fighter Command, with one service group to support each tactical group in the field. B-24s from Guam bomb shipping and naval shore installations at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima. Five B-24s from Guam on armed reconnaissance bomb airfields on Iwo Jima

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Matina Airfield and Lumbia Airfield. On Leyte, fighter-bombers hit troop barges and supply dumps in Ormoc Bay and numerous targets of opportunity throughout the Central Philippines. B-25s hit Langoan Airfield and Mapanget Airfield while B-24s in the Kendari area bomb Ambesia Airfield. Lost is A-20G "Oh Please!" 43-9419.

USMC: Ditched is FG-1 Corsair 14053 (pilot survived).

WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 4 B-25s abort an air coverage mission due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty-two B-24s bomb Hankow; 11 B-25s pound the Ishan and Liuchenghsien areas while 8 hit storage facilities at Wanling and Kutkai, Burma; 95 P-51s, P-40s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over wide expanses of Southern China attack town areas, supplies, and road and rail traffic, hitting the Chefang area especially hard.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s support ground forces at Bhamo while 37 others fly close support in the Pinwe area; supply and personnel areas at Nawngchio, Kutkai, Ingon, Selong, Man Mao, and in the vicinity of Kanbalu are pounded by more than 40 P-47s; 12 others attack the airfield at Kawlin Transports fly 188 sorties to forward areas. In India, the 2d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, moves from Sylhet to Imphal with C-47s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 22 B-24s from Saipan escorted by 22 P-38s (the first long-range P-38 escort of Seventh AF bombers), bomb airfields on Moen Airfield and Param Airfield. P-47s from Saipan pound the airfield on Pagan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers pound Bacolod Airfield and Ipil on Negros Island, and Ormoc area bridges, barges, and targets of opportunity; B-24s bomb Sasa Airfield on Mindanao Island. Fighter-bombers hit targets of opportunity in the Makassar area, loosing the P-38 piloted by Robert Westbrook. B-24s bomb the nickel mine and targets of opportunity in the Kendari area and hit airfields in NE Celebes. Other B-24s hit small shipping during sweep over Brunei Bay. Lost is A-20G "Strictly Eager!" 43-9431.

USN - Lost over Yap to anti-aircraft fire is F6F Hellcat 58638.

THURSDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s bomb a storage area near Lashio and 8 hit Kutkai and Wanling. 2 B-24s bomb Kowloon Docks in Hong Kong. 120+ P-40s, P-51s and P-38s hit targets of opportunity throughout SW and SE China; 32 of the fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Chefang, China area.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ P-47s support ground forces in the Pinwe and Bhamo areas; 16 sweep and strafe airfields and many targets of opportunity from Anisakan to Nawnghkio; 3 hit an ammunition dump at Man Naung; 21 P-47s sweep roads in the Ye-U area and strafe rail installations at Kanbalu; 10 B-25s knock out the Tantabin main bridge and Tangon and Thegyaung bypass bridges, and blast approaches to the Tangon main bridge and Tantabin bypass bridge. 282 transport sorties are flown to forward bases and frontline areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Seventeen B-24s from Guam hit shipping at Chichi Jima and Haha Jima and bomb the town of Okimura.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Matina Airfield on Mindanao Island; the 63d and 64th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Owi to Tacloban, Leyte Island with B-24s.

FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty-one B-24s bomb the warehouse area and docks at Hankow. Three B-24 hit the Haiphong area. Twenty-two B-25s bomb a storage area near Lashio, Burma, targets of opportunity in the Hankow area, and the towns of Wanling and Wan Lai-Kam, Burma, and Siangtan, and Wuchang. 120+ P-40s, P-38s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack many targets of opportunity in E Burma and SW and SE China, concentrating on river and rail traffic and supplies at Chefang, Hengshan, and the Sinshih-Changsha, China area.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 32 P-47s fly close support strikes in the Pinwe and Bhamo se#2ctors; 50 P-47s attack troops and supply areas at Panma, Hpa-Hpen, Nawng-Sang, Kawlin, Wahkyet, Kawngai, and in the Pintha area, 8 damage bridges at Meza, Namhkai, and Hsenwi while 10 others hit Lashio Airfield; 6 B-25s pound the storage and ferry area at Meza and 4 damage approaches to the Namhkai and Hsenwi road bridges. 323 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Two B-24s from Saipan on a shipping reconnaissance attack vessels at Haha Jima and Chichi Jima. 3 B-24s from Guam Island on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. 14 Saipan based P-47s strafe landing ground on Pagan.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): The XXI Bomber Command flies its first mission against Japan; the objective is Tokyo; the 111 B-29s are led by 73d Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) Commanding General, Brigadier General Emmett O'Donnell Jr piloting B-29 "Dauntless Dotty" with co-pilot Major Robert K Morgan (formerly, pilot of B-17F "Memphis Belle" over Europe); 35 B-29s bomb the primary target, the Musashino aircraft plant; 50 bomb the secondary target of urban area and docks; 17 abort enroute; the remainder are unable to bomb due to mechanical difficulties; 1 B-29 crashes off Honshu when a fighter rams the bomber, shearing off the elevator and right horizontal stabilizer, becoming the first XXI Bomber Command B-29 lost to Japanese action; 1 other ditches after running out of fuel; B-29 gunners claim 7 aircraft downed.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s bomb AA positions and targets of opportunity at Camp Downes and Panalisan Point and US fighters attack and destroy several aircraft over Carigara Bay and the Leyte Island area; B-24s hit AA positions and other targets at Matina Airfield on Mindanao; units arriving on Leyte Island: 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, at Dulag from Biak with F-5s; 65th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), at Tacloban from Owi with B-24s. Lost is C-46 42-101046 (MIA).

SATURDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 aborts an armed photo mission over Matsuwa due to weather and instead radar bombs Kurabu Airfield on Paramushiru; B-25s cancel a shipping sweep due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 B-25s hit warehouses, village and town areas at Lashio and Wanling, Burma. 6 attack rail targets, trucks, and buildings at Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina. 75 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance attack river, road, and rail traffic, troops, buildings, and other targets of opportunity at several Thailand, Burma, S China, and N French Indochina locations, including areas around Bhre and Lampang, Thailand; Paoching, Ankang, Ishan, and Hochih, China; Namsang, and Mongyu, Burma; and Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Bhamo area; 24 bomb an airfield at Kawlin while 8 more strafe Tabingaung Airfield and town area; 12 attack the Meza railroad station and boxcars in nearby bridge area, storage and personnel areas in the Lashio area and at Nawngyang, Ashang, and Man Mao; 8 P-47s strafe targets of opportunity along the Wuntho-Shwebo rail line. Transports fly 325 sorties to forward bases and frontline areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Seven Guam based B-24s, escorting a photo aircraft over the Bonin and Kazan Islands, bomb Chichi Jima, Muko Jima, and Haha Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, fighter-bombers range over wide areas of Masbate, Cebu, and Leyte and surrounding waters, attacking shipping, airfields, bivouacs, and a variety of targets. B-25s and fighter-bombers hit airfields on Ceram and Boeroe Islands and B-24s on armed reconnaissance over N Borneo hit shipping and other targets of opportunity. During the night of 25/26 Nov, B-25s hit airfields in NE Celebes and Halmahera Islands.

SUNDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A shipping sweep by 4 B-25s is called off due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 19 B-25s and 20 P-51s blast railway cars, station, and track, hit several trucks, and hit town areas at Hochih, China and Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina. 6 B-25s damage a bridge at Kengluang, Thailand. 90+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s hit river, rail, and road traffic and other targets of opportunity over wide South China areas, 40 of them concentrating on targets between Kweiyi and Changsha and around Liuchow. A flight of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, begins operating from Luliang with F-5s (squadron is based at Kunming).

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 P-47s continue close support strikes; about 60 fighter-bombers hit concentrations, supply and ammunition dumps, and rail targets at Panghkai, Kunmong, Mabein, Lashio, Panku, and around Meza; 7 others on a railroad sweep hit targets of opportunity between Maymyo and Man Pyen. Transports fly 300+ sorties to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan strafe the airfield on Pagan. During the night a B-24 on a snooper mission from Guam bombs Iwo Jima. B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Arakabesan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, 40+ B-24s, some with fighter support, bomb La Carlota and Talisay Airfields; fighter-bombers hit an airfield and various targets of opportunity throughout the area. B-25s pound airfields in the Ambon-Ceram Islands area and B-24s bomb an airfield near Davao, Mindanano Island. Other bombers and fighters fly light strikes and armed reconnaissance missions against a variety of targets on N Celebes, N Borneo, S Luzon, Mindanao, and Halmahera Islands. HQ 22d Bombardment Group and the 33d Bombardment Squadron move from Leyte to Angaur Airfield with B-24s.

MONDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 1944

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Seventeen B-24s bomb Gia Lam. Seventeen B-25s blast the Hochih, China area, 6 bomb Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina, and 8 pound warehouses at Lashio, Burma. 56 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over E Burma, N French Indochina, and vast areas of S China attack town areas, railroad targets, bridges and other targets of opportunity around Lampang, Thailand; Phu Binh, French Indochina; Pachai, Ishan, and Chefang, China; and Wanling, Hsenwi, and Kawnghka, Burma. A detachment of the 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Fourteenth AF, begins operating from Hsian with P-61s (squadron is based at Chengtu with a detachment at Kunming).

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 P-47s fly close support strikes in the Pinwe area; 21 fighter-bombers destroy bridges at Inailong and Thegyaung and damage bridges at Ho-hko and Kawnghka; 60+ fighter-bombers attack personnel and supply areas at Kutkai, Kyungon, Kodaungbo, Mongmit, Datwin, Man Namsawk, Old Lashio, and Ugingyi. Transports fly 280+ sorties, carrying men and supplies to forward bases and frontline areas. A detachment of the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, begins operating from Myitkyina with F-5s (squadron is based at Barrackpore); the 165th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Yazagyo, Burma to Asansol with UC-64s and L-5s; the 434th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 12th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Comilla to Fenny, India with B-25s.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Operating from the Calcutta area, 55 B-29s bomb the Bangsue railroad yards at Bangkok; 3 others hit individual targets.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 24 B-24s from Saipan escorted by 12 P-38s, hit Iwo Jima; 29 more B-24s, from Guam fly a second strike against the island. 25 B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Del Monte Airfield.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 81 Mariana based B-29s fly against Tokyo; none of the B-29s bomb the primary targets, the Musashino and Nakajima plants, but 59 hit the secondary, the urban area and docks; 7 bomb Hamamatsu, a target of opportunity; while the mission is in progress 11 enemy airplanes attack Isley Field destroying or damaging several B-29s; AA and intercepting fighters down 10 aircraft.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Malogo Airfield and Bacolod Airfields and Daliao Airfield on Mindanao. B-25s blast Namlea Airfield; Liang Airfield and Laha Airfield on Ambon. A variety of FEAF aircraft attack airfields, shipping, and targets of opportunity on Celebes Island, N Borneo, and in the Halmahera and the Ceram Islands areas. The detachment of the 419th Night Fighter Squadron, XIII Fighter Command, operating from Noemfoor moves to Morotai with P-61s (squadron is based on Middleburg).

RAAF: Lost is P-40N A29-581 (MIA) near Doom Island.

TUESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 photographs and bombs the Matsuwa shore area.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, Seventeen B-24s, escorted by 12 P-51s, bomb Gia Lam and 6 B-25s hit a railroad bridge at Phu Lang Thuong. In Burma, 3 B-25s blast 6 warehouses at Hsenwi, 3 bomb Wan Lai- Kam, 1 hits Kutkai, and 4 attack buildings in the Wanling and Chefang, China areas. 60+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over wide areas of E Burma and S China hit troops, bridges, horses, and other targets of opportunity at many locations,

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 39 P-47s support ground forces in the Pinwe and Bhamo areas; supply and personnel concentrations and targets of opportunity at Nwegyo, Kutkai, the Meza area, Mankang, Manai, Nawnglok, Nawnglong, Loimawk, Man Myeng, Mong Wi and Kungmong are attacked by about 80 fighter-bombers; 16 hit targets of opportunity along the Maymyo- Bawgyo rail line. Transports fly 317 sorties to forward areas. HQ 4th Combat Cargo Group and the 13th Combat Cargo Squadron arrive at Sylhet, India from the US with C-46s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 21 Saipan based B-24s bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima; three B-24s flying an armed reconnaissance mission, bomb Marcus. During the night of 28/29 Nov a B-24 on a snooper mission hits Iwo Jima. Three B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb the radio station on Arakabesan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Daliao Airfield and Matina Airfield. Small attacks by B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers are launched against airfields, shipping, and targets of opportunity over wide areas of the SWPA, including C Philippine Islands and the Halmahera and Timor Islands area. The 2d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Leyte to Angaur Airfield Island with B-24s; the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, that has been operating from Morotai Island, joins the ground echelon at Dulag, Leyte Island with P-38s.

WEDNESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s bomb Kashiwabara. B-25s call off a shipping sweep due to weather.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s bomb Ninh Binh, French Indochina and 8 hit Lashio and 3 attack Hsenwi, Burma. 20 P-40s, P-38s and P-51s hit targets of opportunity in the Chefang, China area. 23 P-38s and P-51s attack bridges, horses, shipping, and rail traffic around Hochih and Nanning, China; Quang Yen, French Indochina; and Hsenwi, Kawnghka, and Namhkai, Burma.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ fighter-bombers fly close support strikes in the battle areas around Bhamo and Pinwe; bridges at Tonbo, Pauktaw, Man Loi, Meza, Bon Chaung, and at 2 unnamed points in N Burma are pounded by 60+ fighter-bombers; 8 others bomb supplies, personnel and ammunition stores at Tigyaing. 323 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. The 1st Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, moves from Sylhet to Tulihal, India with C-47s; the 490th Bombardment Squadron, 341st Bombardment Group, moves from Moran, India to Warazup, Burma with B-25s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 18 B-24s from Guam bomb Iwo Jima. 4 P-47s from Saipan strafe Pagan.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): During the night of 29/30 November, 24 Mariana based B-29s strike the Tokyo dock and industrial area; Two B-29s bomb last resort targets of Yokohama and Numazu.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Philippine Islands, B-24s bomb Matina Airfield on Mindanao while A-20s and P-47s hit the airfield at Pangsagan; B-24s, with fighter cover, pound Puerto Princesa Airfield and Kendari Airfield on Celebes Island. B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers fly several light raids against Halmahera Island airfields and against shipping and other targets of opportunity in the Philippine Islands, the Ceram Island area, N Celebes Island, and N Borneo.

THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A weather sortie is the only mission.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 B-25s and 8 P-51s damage 2 railroad bridges and several buildings at Phu Lang Thuong and Phu Ly, French Indochina. 11 bomb 5 warehouses and several other buildings at Lashio and Wanling, Burma. 9 fighter-bombers hit shipping, rail targets, and troops at various points in Thailand. In China, 23 fighter-bombers attack targets of opportunity in the Chefang area; the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, based at Yunnani with P-40s and P-51s, sends a detachment to operate from Poashan.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s knock out and damage bridges at Bawgyo, Namhkai, and Hsenwi; 16 P-47s support ground forces at Bhamo; the town of Pinwe is found to be free of enemy forces; about 70 fighter-bombers attack troops and supply areas at several locations including Molo, Naungmo, Namun, Hkumpen, Myadaung, Kutkai, Kanbalu, Kyauk, and Natpe; 13 others attack bridges at Meza and in the Bawdwin area; 8 strafe targets of opportunity along the Kyaukme-Panglong road. 321 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. In India, HQ 1st Combat Cargo Group and the 4th Combat Cargo Squadron move from Sylhet to Tulihal with C-47s; the detachment of the 5th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, operating from Fenny with P-47s, returns to base at Asansol; the detachment of the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, operating from Tingkawk Sakan with F-5s, returns to base at Barrackpore (other detachments are at Myitkyina and Chittagong); the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, moves from Sylhet to Bikram with C-47s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 23 B-24s from Saipan bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima. 8 Guam based B-24s, escorting photo aircraft over the Kazan and Bonins, bomb Haha Jima. 37 from Angaur hit Legaspi Airfield. During the night of 29/30 Nov, 2 B-24s from Guam and Saipan bomb the Iwo Jima airfield on snooper missions.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s in major strikes of the day hit Malimpoeng and Parepare Airfields on Celebes Island, Legaspi Airfield, Matina Airfield on Mindanao Island, and 4 airfields on Halmahera Island. B-25s strike Dumaguete Airfield on Negros Island. Fighter-bombers, B-24s, and B-25s fly armed reconnaissance, harassing strikes, and light raids over various areas of the Netherlands East Indies and Philippine Islands. The air echelons of the 36th and 80th Fighter Squadrons, 8th Fighter Group, operating from Morotai with P-38s, return to base at Dulag; the 340th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, moves from Noemfoor Island to Tacloban with P-47s; the ground echelon of the 418th Night Fighter Squadron begins a movement from Dulag to San Jose (air echelon is on Morotai with P-61s).

 

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