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November 24, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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, 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 sectors; 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 ten others hit Lashio Airfield; Six 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. Three B-24s from Guam on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. 14 P-47s from Saipan 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).



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