November 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Kurile Islands, four 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 from Saipan 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 Airfield and Fabrica Airfield while fighter-bombers pound
Palompon on Leyte, a bridge north of Valencia on Mindanao,
and barges in Ormoc Bay. B-24s
bomb Malili on Celebes. The 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th
Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Biak to Morotai with B-25s.