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November 9, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eleventh AF: An eight plane armed reconnaissance sweep and a four plane bombing mission are both 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 Bonins 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)]: Fighter-bombers attack a convoy off the west coast of Leyte and hit barges and shipping near Ormoc; B-24s bomb Carolina Airfield. B-25s attack several airfields and villages in the NE peninsula of Celebes and Halmahera Islands. A-20s strike Piroe. 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.



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