November 4, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
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 bomb southwest of San
Pedro in 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): Eighteen B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima airfields; 2 others, on shipping reconnaissance, bomb Naha Jima. 2 B-24s on
armed reconnaissance from Guam bomb Marcus. 16 P-47s bomb Pagan Airfield 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 (MIA).