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November 30, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 1944

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

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. Eleven bomb five 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. Eight B-24s from Guam escort photo aircraft over the Kazan and Bonins, bomb Haha Jima. Thirty-seven B-24s from Angaur hit Legaspi Airfield. During the night of 29/30 Nov, two B-24s from Guam and Saipan on snooper missions bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s in major strikes of the day hit Malimpoeng Airfield and Parepare Airfield on Celebes, Legaspi Airfield, Matina Airfield on Mindanao and four airfields on Halmahera. B-25s strike Dumaguete Airfield. Fighter-bombers, B-24s, and B-25s fly armed reconnaissance, harassing strikes, and light raids over various areas of the Netherlands East Indies and Philippines. 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 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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