MONDAY, 1 MAY 1944
TUESDAY, 2 MAY 1944
WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY 1944
THURSDAY, 4 MAY 1944
FRIDAY, 5 MAY 1944
SATURDAY, 6 MAY 1944
SUNDAY, 7 MAY 1944
MONDAY, 8 MAY 1944
TUESDAY, 9 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 100+ RAF Vengeances, P-51s and B-25s
hit positions and occupied areas at Moirang, Kanglatongbi, Myothit and SE of
Palel, and severely damage a bridge over the Uyu River near Nawngpu-awng; Mogaung
Valley targets, including targets in support of ground forces near Kamaing,
are pounded by 60+ B-25s, A-36s, P-51s and P-40s; 9 P-51s hit troops and gun
positions at Mawlu and Namkwin and hit the Nalong area; 3 B-24s blast the barracks
area at Nagorn Sawarn while 3 P-51s hit Anisakan Airfield, destroying or damaging
20+ trucks, 2 aircraft and a locomotive; 8 B-24s lay mines in the Moulmein area,
2 others make a diversionary strike on Martaban, and 5 mine the Mergui waterfront.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): HQ 33d Fighter Group moves from Shwangliu to Pungchacheng,
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 8/9 May B-24s
stage through Kwajalein to bomb Truk. B-25s from Makin hit
Wotje and Jaluit using Majuro as a rearming point between attacks.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 33 fighter-bombers pound the
airfield at Lakunai Airfield; fighter sweeps over New Ireland and
New Britain continue. On Bougainville,
30+ P-39s and P-38s hit barges in the Porton-Chabai area, huts at Kieta and
an ammunition dump south of Aitara Mission; Ten P-38s and twelve B-25s bomb Bonis
Airfield and nearby targets of opportunity in Buka Passage.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 50+ B-24s and
B-25s bomb Langgoer Airfield and Faan Airfield, Bosnik supply area and Mokmer
220+ A-20s and fighter-bombers continue to blast numerous targets of opportunity
along the northeast coastline from Wewak to the Hansa Bay area. 12 B-24s of the Thirteenth
Air Task Force bomb Woleai. Lost is B-25D "Slapy" 41-30165 (MIA).
WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): The Eleventh directs its components to place more
emphasis on photographing and bombing of specific targets instead of general
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS: In a drive to free the Burma
Road, Chinese troops cross the Salween River on a 100-mi (160 km) front and
attack Japanese positions in N Burma.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ B-25s, A-36s, P-51s, P-40s and
10 B-24s blast numerous targets, concentrating on barracks and storage in the
Myitkyina-Mogaung vicinity and also hitting gun positions and bridges at Kamaing
and railroad siding and buildings at Mohnyin; 16 P-38s destroy several aircraft
in strikes on Aungban and Kangaung Airfields.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): P-40s sink 6 large junks and damage several others
in Fan Tou Bay, China and destroy several trucks between Wan Pa-Hsa and Mong
Ho Pung, Burma. 28 P-40s bomb Tengchung, China town area, strafe a nearby truck
convoy, damage bridges at Tingka, China; Bac Le, French Indochina; and Hsenwi,
Burma; hit a power dam at Tasa, French Indochina; bomb a tank and truck dispersal
area at Hsiangcheng, China; and hit 30+ railroad cars at Lang Giai, Dong Dang
and Na Cham, French Indochina.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wake during the night of 9/10 May. During the day, B-25s from Engebi bomb Ponape while B-25s based at Makin raid Jaluit and Wotje.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 41
fighter-bombers attack Tobera Airfield; eleven B-25s hit Matupi; fighters on a sweep, hit trucks W of Keravat. On Bougainville,
4 B-25s bomb Majuai Mission; 61 P-39s (some back from the Tobera strike) and
12 P-40s attack targets throughout the Bougainville area, including
a bridge over the Crepers River, a supply area at Mawareka, a barge at Chabai,
a village on Schwarze Point, a pillbox at Gohi and the general area of Porton
Plantation. Lost is SBD Dauntless NZ5051.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 120+ B-24s, A-20s
and fighter-bombers, along with RAAF aircraft,
maintain attacks on targets of opportunity along the northeast coast from the Hansa
Bay area to Wewak; 2 B-24s hit Mokmer
Airfield. 45 B-24s of the Thirteenth Air
Task Force bomb the Eten Airfield and warehouse area at Dublon.
THURSDAY, 11 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ B-25s, A-36s, P-51s and P-40s,
attack the Myitkyina and Pinbaw areas, Sahmaw, targets NW of Kamaing, gun positions
at Nsopzup and targets of opportunity along the road from Inkangahtawng to Kamaing;
24 P-51s attack Meiktila Airfield, Anisakan Airfield and Heho Airfield, shooting down 13
aircraft in the area; 14 B-24s pound Maymyo railroad station; 12 B-25s attack
the railroad in the Shwebo-Sagaing area; and 12 other B-25s knock out bridges
at Pyu, Thawatti, Ela and 7 mi (11.2 km) S of Ela.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 P-40s knock out the main bridge N
of Mangshih, bomb the town area of Lungchwanchiang, and in French Indochina,
damage a radio station on Cat Ba Island and destroy several large junks off
shore, and attack a power dam W of Cao Bang, buildings at Dong Dang, and boxcars
and oil drums at Lang Giai. In China, 6 B-25s and 24 P-40s (some firing rockets)
pound railroad yards and depot at Sinyang, blast a warehouse area 30 mi (48
km) to the N and sink a small freighter, 3 motor launches and several sampans
between Siaokan and Chienli; 2 B-25s and 4 P-40s hit troops, tanks and trucks
in the Yenshih-Tengfeng-Mihsien area and in the Luchou-Hsiangcheng vicinity;
6 P-40s pound supply dumps at Mienchih and 13 P-40s sink at least 5 supply boats
on the Yangtze River in the Hosueh area.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 10/11 May B-24s staging through Eniwetok bomb Truk. During the day B-25s from Engebi hit Ponape while others, based on Makin pound Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 8 P-38s
bomb a supply-personnel area west of Tobera; 12 B-25s, 12 P-40s and 3 B-24s hit Vunakanau Airfield; fighters on sweeps and bombing missions hit various targets
at Kabanga Plantation, the Gazelle Peninsula area, N of the Sae River and at
Labout. On Bougainville, 70+ P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s (flying a total
of 18 missions) attack a variety of targets, including piers at Chabai, Ratsua
and Porton, wooded area near Pipipaia, town of Siruluna, bridge at Tokinotu,
and Buka Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 190+ B-24s and
B-25s bomb gun emplacements and supply areas on Wakde and Mokmer and targets of opportunity on Biak; 220+ fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-24s
and B-25s continue to pound coastal bridges and villages, fuel dumps, vehicles,
gun positions, supply areas, bivouacs and various targets along the shoreline
from Hansa Bay to Wewak.
FRIDAY, 12 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): One B-24 reconnoiters and bombs installations on
Matsuwa concentrating on Matsuwa Airfield on Tagan Cape.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s strike the Tiddim road NNW
of Tonzang; 50+ B-25s and fighter-bombers knock out a railroad bridge at Pinbaw,
pound gun positions and supply area at Myitkyina and hit defensive positions
near Kazu-Tiangsup; 4 B-25s damage Myothit bridge while 8 P-38s bomb Kyaukye;
21 P-51s hit Meiktila Airfield and Heho Airfield, claiming 8 Japanese aircraft downed;
4 B-25s knock out a bridge at Daga while 2 others bomb a camp at Taungbaw.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 16 P-40s and 11 B-25s hit several targets in S
China and in French Indochina. In China, military installations, artillery positions
and tank concentrations are pounded in the Yoyang area, a bridge and several
trucks are damaged at Sienning, a naval vessel is attacked at Hong Kong and
in French Indochina, a radio station on Cat Ba Island is bombed and railroad
yards, supply dump, and river junks are blasted in the Phu Langi Thuong area;
and HQ 81st Fighter Group moves from Karachi to Kwanghan.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Twelve Makin based B-25s bomb
Nauru. A single B-24 from Kwajalein bombs Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 12
B-25s and 20+ P-40s and P-38s pound Tobera Airstrip and nearby personnel areas;
some of the B-25s returning from Tobera bomb Sohano;
12 P-39s and about 70 USN SBDs and TBFs sink numerous barges throughout the
Rabaul area, especially at Simpson Harbor and Keravia Bay; gun positions in
the Matupi area are also attacked.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Mokmer
Airfield and attack targets on Ceram Island Ambon
Island, and Timor Island. In New Guinea, A-20s, B-25s
and fighter-bombers blast villages, coastal bridges and roads, vehicles, Boram Airfield and other targets throughout the Wewak-Hansa Bay region; HQ 3d Bombardment
Group moves from Nadzab to Hollandia; 66th Troop Carrier Squadron,
Troop Carrier Group, based at Nadzab begins operating from Tadji with C-47s;
418th Night Fighter Squadron, 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium), moves from Finschhafen to Hollandia with B-25Hs, P-38s and P-70s.
SATURDAY, 13 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A single B-25 flies a shipping strike and strafes two fishing
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, nearly 100 P-40s and P-51s over the
Mogaung Valley hit gun positions, bridges, support ground forces (near Nanyaseik)
and hit numerous targets of opportunity throughout the whole valley; 12 A-36s
hit positions near Maungdaw; 19 B-25s pound several points along the road and
bomb troop concentrations at Bishenpur; 30+ B-24s, B-25s, A-36s, and P-51s hit
Indaw, Taungbaw and Mohnyin; and 11 B-25s bomb Monywa.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 19 B-25s hit storage and warehouse areas
at Mangshik and Lungling, a bridge at Hsenwi, truck and tank concentrations
SW of Loyang, and town area of Lungling; 39 P-40s hit military installations
at Mengta and Tating, a village N of Kaitou bridge at Tingka and a truck concentration
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 771st Bombardment Squadron (Very
Heavy), 462d Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), arrives at Piardoba from
the US with B-29s; first mission is 5 Jun.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein bomb Truk during the early morning hours.
Other B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Maloelap and Jaluit.
B-25s from Engebi hit Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Fifty plus
P-39s and P-40s attack piers at Ratsua, Porton, Chabai, and Tarlena; Thirty plus
fighter-bombers hit various targets, including a supply area southeast of Bonis, Chabai town, a
village near Ibu, and huts and villages along the Numa Numa Trail; 3 B-25s
hit coastal guns at Hahela Mission. Twenty-one B-25s and 40+
P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s pound supply areas at Talili Bay. Fighter sweeps over
N New Britain and New Ireland Islands continue; many targets of opportunity
are strafed. 370th, 371st, 372d and 424th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th
Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Munda, and Guadalcanal (424th Bomb
Squadron) to Los
Negros with B-24s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s hit dispersal
areas on Japen Island, supply areas and AA guns at Bosnik, Sorido Airfield, Namber Airfield and near the Moemi River; B-24s and B-25s hit airfields in the Wakde-Maffin-Sawar-Arare area; 200+ fighter-bombers, A-20s, and B-25s thoroughly
pound airfields, bridges, fuel dumps, vehicles, villages, AA guns, and supply
areas in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area; and 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3d
Bombardment Group, moves from Nadzab to Hollandia with A-20s.
USN: Lost is PV-1 Ventura 48934 (MIA).
RAAF: Lost on a ferry flight is P-40N A29-434 pilot rescued the next day.
SUNDAY, 14 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 P-38s hit Tiddim road at Tonzang,
causing a roadblock; Eleven P-40s hit a bridge and road at Kazu and railroad shed
at Myitkyina; 25 B-25s and P-51s hit troop positions at Hopin Airfield, Meiktila and
Heho Airfield are hit by 20+ P-51s and P-38s; the fighters claim 4 aircraft
downed in combat; and 528th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group,
moves from Dinjan to Tingkawk Sakan with P-51s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 60 P-40s and P-51s hit trucks at Yoyang,
river shipping, boxcars, and trucks at Pailochi and Sienning and a storage area
at Shayang; 20 other P-40s bomb and strafe towns near Mamien Pass, Pingkai and
areas around Mengta and Tating; 6 Japanese bombers hit Kienow, rendering the
airfield temporarily unusable.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 53 B-24s from Kwajalein and
43 B-25s from Makin join USN aircraft in pounding Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23
B-25s bomb Tobera Airstrip; 44 fighter-bombers pound supply and personnel areas
at Vunakanau; P-39s and P-40s strafe targets in N and E Gazelle Peninsula, and
fighter patrols over Rabaul area attack several targets of opportunity. In the
Bougainville area, 40+ P-39s and P-40s bomb Hangan, Tsirogei, Tokiparo,
a pier at Kessa Plantation, and near Ibu.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Bosnik supply areas and Sorido Airfield; in the Wakde-Sawar-Maffin Bay area, villages
and AA positions are pounded by B-24s and B-25s; fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-24s
and B-25s maintain strikes against airfields, bridges, trucks, villages, and
other targets in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area. Lost is A-20G 42-86768 (MIA).
MONDAY, 15 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 19 B-25s pound targets of opportunity
along the Tiddim road; 20+ B-25s and fighter-bombers hit gun positions at Hopin
and hit Myitkyina Airfield; 17 P-38s attack Heho and Kangaung Airfield, claiming
15 aircraft destroyed, most of them in the air; Seven B-24s bomb Myitkyina, Kalewa
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): B-25s strike Kengluang bridge, Siam and hit installations
near Wan Pa-Hsa, Burma. P-40s strafe troops near Pingkai, Burma, and along Mamien
Pass and in the Mengta area of China. 92d Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group,
moves from Karachi to Kwanghan with P-47s; first mission is 1
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Operations are limited to photo
reconnaissance of Jaluit from Kwajalein.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24
B-25s and 40+ P-40s, P-38s, and P-39s, along with TBFs and SBDs, pound the
area north of Muguai and hit the Maika area between Muguai and Ebery's Lease;
40+ fighters on sweeps over Bougainville and Shortland attack
AA positions, trucks and huts at several locations including the Kieta, Cape
Friendship and Chabai areas.
Allied fighter sweeps continue over the Rabaul area;
several targets of opportunity, including a concentration of barges in Keravia
Bay, are hit.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): The Wewak-Hansa
Bay area is again hit by A-20s, B-24s and fighter-bombers. Lost attacking Dagua Airfield is A-20G "Sweet Milk / Baby Doll II" 43-9113 (MIA). B-24s and B-25s attack
numerous targets in the Wakde-Sawar-Sarmi-Maffin Bay areas and on Biak;
and HQ 475th Fighter Group and 431st, 432d and 433d Fighter Squadrons move from
Nadzab to Hollandia with P-38s. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s from Los Negros bomb supply and bivouac areas on Mariaon and Tagaulap and AA
guns on Woleai and Paliau at Woleai. Crashed on take off is B-24J 42-110051 (crew KIA, one survivor).
TUESDAY, 16 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, about 70 B-25s and fighter-bombers
hit the Myitkyina and Hogin areas; 11 B-24s hit Ywataung and Sagaing marshalling
yards and the town of Akyab.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 8 B-24s blast the motor pool and warehouse areas
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Kwajalein based B-24s pound Wake. B-25s from Makin hit Nauru and Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40+
fighter-bombers hit the Vunakanau area; fighters on sweeps hit barges at Jacquinot
Bay and Mioko Harbour, vehicles at Kurakakaul, Mandres Bay and Vunarima, and
N of Vunakanau, a small vessel in Mandres Bay and a sawmill at Keravat. On Bougainville, fighter-bombers hit occupied areas at Tunuru, near Kieta and Manetai
Mission and Tinputs.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Aircraft continue
to pound a variety of targets including airfields and supply areas on Noemfoor and Biak, AA guns, supplies and occupied villages in the Wakde
Island-Maffin-Sawar coastal area, and bridges, villages, troop concentrations and AA positions;
8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group, moves from Nadzab
to Hollandia with A-20s; and 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, moves
from Gusap to Hollandia with P-47s. Lost is B-24D "Ready, Willing and Able" 42-41078.
RAAF: Written off is P-40E Kittyhawk NZ3011.
Royal Navy: Lost on a training mission due to an aerial collision over Sebago Lake in Maine were Corsair JT160 (MIA) and Corsair JT132 (MIA).
WEDNESDAY, 17 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 18 B-25s bomb Chauk oil installations
while 20 P-38s hit Kangaung Airfield; B-25s and fighter-bombers fly 90 sorties
against Mogaung Valley targets, hitting targets of opportunity at Kazu and Namti
and a bridge at Kamaing and supporting ground forces in the Myitkyina area.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-40s support ground forces at Mamien
Pass, hit Japanese positions at Tatangtzu, damage a bridge and several trucks
at Shweli, Burma, strafe troops at Luchiangpa and bomb and strafe a horse pack
train near Tengchung; 7 B-25s and 13 P-40s pound the Shayang barracks area and
hit troops and vehicles NE of Shasi.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wake while Engebi based B-25s hit Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 25
B-25s bomb the airfield at Tobera while 43 P-39s, P-40s and P-38s, in conjunction
with 40+ USN dive bombers, blast the Vunakanau area; fighters on sweeps hit
a Nubai River bridge and strafe targets on Gazelle Peninsula. 39 fighter-bombers
hit numerous targets in Bougainville area, including the Muguai area,
a bridge north of Numa Numa, barges at Banin Harbor and the area around Ratsua.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, Allied forces
land without opposition near Arare after a naval bombardment; B-24s and B-25s
hit targets in the general vicinity at Sawar, Sarmi and the mouth of the Orai
River; 100+ B-24s, with P-38 escort, pound AA positions at Bosnik, Sorido and Mokmer, and supply areas and airfield on Noemfoor; 120+ fighter-bombers,
A-20s, B-25s and B-24s continue to hit the Wewak-Hansa Bay area; and HQ 49th
Fighter Group moves from Finschhafen to Hollandia.
USMC: Forty-two SBD Dauntless dive bombers from VMSB-244 and VMSB-236 dive bomb and strafe Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Lost is SBD Dauntless 28161 (MIA).
THURSDAY, 18 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Over the Kurile Islands, a B-24 on weather reconnaissance
attacks a Japanese aircraft and 2 B-25s sink an auxiliary vessel; another is
sunk shortly before 2400 hours by 2 other B-25s.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 140+ fighter-bombers and 6 B-25s pound
numerous targets throughout the Mogaung Valley, concentrating on bridges (at
least 4 are knocked out) and support of ground forces in areas around Myitkyina,
Nanyaseik, Kamaing, Namkwin, Kazu, Lonkin and Katkyo; 8 B-25s knock out a Mu
River bridge and damage Chaungu bridge approaches; 12 P-38s destroy several
aircraft at Shwebo.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 6 B-25s and 12 P-40s pound barracks
and warehouse areas at Chienyangi, causing many fires; 30 P-40s support ground
forces in the Salween area, hitting troops and positions at Tengchung, Tatangtzu,
Mamien Pass and Luchiangpa; 12 B-24s bomb the towns of Lungling and Tengchung;
25 CACW and Chinese Air Force (CAF) P-40s attack trucks, armor and troops at
Chueh-shan and Loning, causing widespread destruction.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s based on Makin bomb Taroa, rearm at Majuro and attack the same target
during the return flight to base.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Ten
P-39s hit barges off Porton; 40+ P-38s and P-39s pound a supply area N of Mupuai.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 100+ fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-25s and B-24s pound targets of opportunity in the Wewak-Hansa
Bay area throughout the day. Lost is P-47D "The Golden Gopher" 42-75239 (pilot survived). The 68th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier
Group, based at Nadzab sends a detachment to operate from Tadji with C 47s.
B-24s hit targets of opportunity on Halmahera Island, Moluccas Islands and bomb
Bosnik. B-25s hit Larot, Celebes Islands and Saumlakki on Tanimbar.
USMC - Lost on a flight bound for Guadalcanal is R4D 49073 (MIA).
FRIDAY, 19 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 flies armed reconnaissance over Shimushu and Ketoi.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, A-36s, P-40s, P-51s and a few B-25s
fly 140+ attack sorties against various targets in the Mogaung Valley, concentrating
on gun positions in the Myitkyina area; 8 B-25s damage railroad tracks in the
Myingatha-Saye area and 16 P-38s hit the airfield at Nawnghkio.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 31 fighters support ground forces in
the Salween area at Chiangtso, Watien, and Mamien Pass; 4 P-40s knock out a
bridge at Shweli, Burma, 13 P-40s bomb and strafe the Puchi area and 16 P-40s
and P-38s damage a bridge at Tayeh and hit military installations and other
buildings at Yangsin; 11 P-51s bomb a village near Anking, causing large explosions
and fires; two B-24s on a sea sweep seriously damage two freighters south of Hong Kong;
16 CACW P-40s pound trucks, tanks and troops in the Ichang-Tangyang-Loyang area
and attack river traffic at Itu on the Yangtze River.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s based on Engebi hit
Ponape and B-25s from Makin hit Nanru.
USN - Third Raid on Marcus - Planes from a three-carrier task force (Rear Admiral
A. E. Montgomery) hit Marcus with a predawn fighter sweep and strafed and bombed
the island for 2 consecutive days.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40+ P-39s, P-38s and P-40s
hit Makada Island. Sixteen B-25s bomb gun positions and supply
area at Talili Bay. On Bougainville, 20 AAF fighters
and a few USN aircraft bomb huts and bridges at Monoitu, Porton, Toborei, Moisuru
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s, A-20s
and P-38s hit airfields and shipping in the Manokwari-Noemfoor Island area;
other B-24s pound beach defenses at Bosnik on Biak and hit the area between
Bosnik and Mokmer; 270+ A-20s, P-47s, P-38s and B-25s continue to blast Wewak
knocking out radar and radio stations and attack targets of opportunity from Wewak to the Hansa Bay area.
SATURDAY, 20 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 100+ A-36s, P-40s and P-51s pound gun
positions, attack bridges, bomb troops and hit numerous targets of opportunity
in areas around Myitkyina, Kamaing, Nanyaseik, and Nsopzup; 16 RAF Vengeances
and 2 P-38s hit targets in the Arakan area, including a signal center SE of
Buthidaung, gun positions SE of Maungdaw and a jetty at Akyab; about 40 B-24s
and P-51s hit oil installations at Yenangyaung and Chauk, airfield at Pakokku,
and town of Akyab. In India, HQ 1st Air Commando Group moves from Hailakandi to Asansol; the group consists of the following sections: bomber (B-25s), fighter
(P-51s), light-plane (L-1 & L-5), transport (C-47), glider (CG-4) and light-cargo
(UC-64); the bomber section is eliminated and after converting from P-51s to
P-47s, the group begins a training program; a detachment of 9th Photographic
Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, operating from
Dinjan since Sep 43 returns to base at Barrackpore with F-5s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, nineteen B-24s attack a convoy south of Hong Kong claiming two motor launches sunk and damaging several larger vessels; three B-24s
are lost at sea; 37 P-40s hit trucks, armored vehicles, river traffic and troops in or near Shasi, Ichang, Tangyang, Chingmen, Loyang and Loning;
on the Salween front 43 fighters and 8 B-25s support ground forces and damage
a bridge N of Tengchung over the Shweli River.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Engebi bomb Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On Bougainville, 22
B-25s, 44 P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s and 30+ USN and US Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft
pound AA positions, bivouacs and supply areas from the Muguai-Ebery's Lease
area to the Maika area; Twenty-four P-39s hit barges in Matchin Bay, AA guns
on Sohano, and bridges
at Kieta. Three B-24s bomb the Tobera Airfield runway.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s, A-20s
and B-25s hit airstrips, revetments, supply area, AA positions and shipping
at Manokwari, Noemfoor and Biak and Mawi Bay; A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers
continue to pound airfields, coastal villages, bridges, supply dumps, trucks
and various other targets at Wewak and from Wewak to the shore of Hansa Bay.
RAAF: Ditched is Beaufort A9-571, one crew member rescued eight days later.
SUNDAY, 21 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 120+ P-40s, P-51s, A-36s and B-25s
hit Mogaung, Myitkyina, the Talawgyi-Hokat area, and Kamaing; gun positions
around Myitkyina and Mogaung are also hit; a single B-24 bombs NW part of Mandalay;
20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group,
based at Kisselbari, India with P-40s, sends a detachment to Tingkawk Sakan.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier
Group, moves from Sylhet, India to Yunnani; during the next nine months,
detachments will operate from Chanyi, Chengtu and Kunming at various times.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 53 B-24s from Kwajalein bomb
Wotje; 41 B-25s, based on Makin, follow up with
bombing and strafing attack on Wotje. 8 B-24s stage through Eniwetok to strike Rota and rearm at Los Negros.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On New Britain, 3 B-24s,
30+ P-39s and P-40s, and 40+ USN dive bombers hit Vunakanau Airfield and nearby
plantation; 8 P-38s, followed shortly by USN aircraft, bomb Lakunai Airfield. Lost is TBF 23987. 40+ P-39s, P-38s, and P-40s fly sweeps over Bougainville; bridges at
Rigu Mission and Shishigatero are reported demolished.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s, A-20s
and P-38s attack airfields, town areas, barges, personnel and supply areas,
and fuel dumps at Manokwari, Urarom and along the Moemi River and on Noemfoor and
Biak; fighter-bombers. A-20s and B-25s continue almost constant pounding
of supply dumps, camps, AA positions and a variety of targets along the coast
from Wewak to Hansa Bay. The 13th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment
Group, moves from Nadzab to Hollandia with A-20s. Thirteenth Air Task
Force B-24s bombs Truk. Lost are B-25D "Tin Liz" 41-30074 (MIA) and P-47D piloted by Luton.
USN: Nine ships are lost in an ammunition explosion in Pearl Harbor, West Lock including: LST-480.
MONDAY, 22 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-25s from Attu attack shipping strike near Paramushiru and bomb and strafe a picket boat, which is left
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, two B-25s attack a large concentration
of sampans in Honghai Bay; two other B-25s heavily damage a 150' cargo vessel
near Hong Kong; 22 P-51s pound the town of Anking and military area northeast of Nanchang;
24 P-40s hit the Sienning area, bombing a factory W of town, damaging a bridge
near town, and strafing numerous trucks in the vicinity; 23 P-40s hit road and
river traffic in areas around Loyang, Loning, and Itu; and 5 P-40s bomb Yangsin.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Eight B-25s based on Engebi bomb Ponape. Weather cancels other strikes.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40+ P-39s, P-38s and P-40s
hit targets of opportunity in the coastal area near Talili Bay. Twenty-four B-25s pound Mioko Island. Forty plus P-39s bomb the Bonis supply area and blast four small bridges near Kieta.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s and B-25s
bomb Manokwari, shipping east of Cape Manggoear and storage areas and Sorido on Biak; P-40s hit supply and fuel dumps, trucks and other targets of
opportunity in the area of Wakde; B-24s, B-25s and fighter-bombers continue
to bomb and strafe various targets in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area; and HQ 348th
Fighter Group and 341st and 342d Fighter Squadrons move from Saidor Airfield to Wakde Airfield with P-47s. Lost are F-7A "Under Exposed" 42-73052 and B-25D "Torrid Tess The Terror" 41-29692.
RAAF: Lost are Anson A4-20 and Boomerang A46-173.
TUESDAY, 23 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 P-38s bomb Tiddim road; 12 B-24s
bomb the Indaw marshalling yard and Homalin; 16 P-38s attack Kangaung Airfield;
and 23 P-40s and 4 A-36s bomb gun positions, troops and supply dumps in the Myitkyina area.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin strike
Jaluit. B-24s returning from Los Negros where they landed after
the raid on Rota on May 21, bomb Ponape.
USN - Third Wake Raid--Carrier Task Group 58.6 (Rear Admiral A. E. Montgomery)
shifted from Marcus to hit Wake with five composite bombing, strafing and rocket
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 2 B-24s
bomb Tobera, while 32 B-25s and 40+ P-39s, P-38s and P-40s attack gun positions
near Rabaul, near Lakunai and in the vicinity of Tunnel Hill Road. On Bougainville, 51 P-39s and 8 P-40s attack huts, barges, bridges and other targets of opportunity at several locations.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (Fifth Air Force): B-24s hit Manokwari while B-24s, A-20s and P-38s hit targets on Biak including trucks at
Borokoe, AA positions and control tower at Mokmer
Airfield, Sorido and offshore targets at Bransfari; P-40s
hit troops on Wakde and on the Biri River; P-38s support ground forces
in the Aitape area; A-20s, P-39s. B-24s and B-25s maintain bombing and strafing
the Wewak-Hansa Bay area.
WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two bombers fly weather and photo reconnaissance
over Shimushu and bomb the Matsuwa area.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 20+ P-40s in the Myitkyina vicinity
destroy 8 barracks buildings and knock out a railway bridge and a machine gun
post; a single B-24 bombs Gwa in the Arakan area.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin pound
Wotje and Jaluit using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming between
the strikes. B-25s based at Engebi hit Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): In the Rabaul area of New
Britain, 19 P-38s, P-40s and 22 B-25s attack Hospital Point gun positions;
2 other B-25s hit the town of Rabaul; fighter patrols hit various targets of
opportunity in the Rabaul area and S New Ireland Island. In the Solomon Islands,
51 P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s, and a single B-24, attack various targets including Buka Airfield, east Bougainville coastal bridges, and Lahan
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s hit Namber Airfield and Kamiri Airfield; 200+ A-20s, P-38s, P-47s, P-39s and B-25s continue to
blast targets of opportunity in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area throughout the day.
THURSDAY, 25 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A single B-24 from Shemya flies
a reconnaissance and bombing mission in the central Kurile Islands; another B-24 aborts
due to equipment failure.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Twenty-eight P-38s sweep over the Mandalay area;
12 of them hit about 10 railroad cars near Shwebo, leaving them burning; B-24s
hit targets in the Katha area, six of them bombing Indaw and 4 bombing the Naba
rail junction area.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s flying out of Engebi bomb Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 3
B-24s bomb Rabaul, Lakunai, and Rapopo; 8 P-38s hit Vulcan Crater barge hideout;
12 B-25s, clouded out of Vunakanau, hit the Talili Bay supply area. 15 B-25s, 32 P-39s and P-40s, and 25 USN dive bombers hit supply areas
at Porton; four P-40s hit trucks at Monoitu Mission; 16 P-39s attack several
targets of opportunity, including the Cape Lalahan radar
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s attack shipping at Halmahera
Island and in New Guinea, hit Mokmer and targets in the Wakde area; 90+ fighter-bombers,
A-20s, B-25s, and B-24s pound numerous targets in the Wewak area. Units of the
71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group moving in New Guinea: air echelon of 17th
Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), from Finschhafen to Wakde with
B-25s; 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Gusap begins operating
from Tadji with P-40s.
RAAF - Lost in an aerial collision is Vengence A27-49 and Vengence A27-92.
FRIDAY, 26 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 2 B-24s off on an armed photo mission over Shimushu
Island turn back due to mechanical troubles.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 P-40s sink several supply boats
on the Yangtze River near Shihshow, strafe troops at Shasi, hit road traffic
near Loyang and strafe pontoon bridges, supply dumps and troops at Shanhsien;
7 P-40s bomb the town of Hsing-tzu; and 2 B-25s damage a small tanker N of Swatow.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 45 B-25s, flying out of Makin attack Emidj and Jaluit. During the afternoon, B-25s attack Ponape with cannon and machine gun fire. Lost is B-25G 42-64954. Nine B-25s from Engebi fly a successful search mission for the downed B-25 crew who are
later picked up by USS Downes (DD-375).
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24
P-39s and P-40s hit the Rabaul area while 12 B-25s bomb supply areas at Talili
Bay. 40+ P-39s and P-40s hit barges NW of Ballale, supply
areas and other targets at Porton, and piers at Ratsua and Soraken, all on Bougainville.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Biak while B-25s hit Wakde and nearby coastal areas; other B-25s bomb
a variety of targets on Aroe Island; 100+ A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers continue
to blast the coastal region around Wewak; villages and gun positions on Hansa
Bay are also hit; and the 340th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, moves
from Saidor to Wakde with P-47s.
SATURDAY, 27 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two bombers fly weather and armed photo reconnaissance
and bomb Ushishiru.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 15 B-24s bomb Pakokku and Nyaung-u, Burma.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 24 rocket-firing P-40s hit the barracks
area W of Sinyang, military installations and trucks at Nanchang, and troops,
trucks, barracks, and warehouse area in the Puchi vicinity.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 24 B-24s from Kwajalein and 52 B-25s from Engebi pound Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On New Britain Island, about
200 AAF, USMC and USN aircraft (fighters, dive-bombers, and B-25s) are sent
against gun positions on Hospital Point; 160+ aircraft bomb the targets with
more than 90 tons (99.2 tonnes) of explosives, destroying or damaging several
of the guns; other fighters hit targets of opportunity in the Rabaul area and
a barge off SW New Ireland Island; and 4 B-24s bomb Tobera. AAF fighters attack beached barges in the Chabai area and in Buka Passage, Aku and Nova Plantation and a bridge over the Oamai River; detachment of 419th
Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, operating from Bougainville since
Jan with P-61s, returns to base on Guadalcanal.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Babo and
Biak are pounded by 170+ B-24s and B-25s; after the aerial and naval
bombardment, Allied amphibious forces land on at Bosnik on Biak secure
the beachhead, and gain control of a trail over ridges to the inland plateau
to the north. About 170 A-20s, P-38s, P-40s and B-25s blast the Wewak area. Lost are P-47D 42-75940 (MIA) and P-47D 42-22661 (MIA / POW, executed).
JAAF: A joint JAAF and IJN raid
was launched to attack the fleet off Biak. The raid consisted of four Ki-45 Nicks
from 5th Sentai lead by Major Takada from Sorong and seven Ki-43 Oscars
from 24th Sentai led by Lt. Oshima. The
Nicks attempted to bomb and straffe the ships, followed by the Ki-43s
to do the same. Intercepting, P-47s from the 342nd FS operating from Wakde claim five shot down (actual losses were only
four Ki-43s, including Lt Oshima). All four Ki-45 Nicks were lost including Ki-45 piloted by Takada (KIA).
USMC: A single PBJ Mitchell from VMB-423, escorted by four F4Us fly over Rapopo
Airfield. They drop their bombs and a 65 foot scroll signed by 35,000 Oklahoma
school children, who had raise war bond money to buy a plane. General Mitchell
decided a PBJ crew from Oklahoma should drop the scroll on the Japanese at
Rabaul. Two Oklahoma natives, S/Sgt Bill Woolman and Lt. Dick Morgan led the
flight, with four other crewmen who became adopted 'Okies' for a day. The scroll
was attached to a parachute and a burned out 30 cal machine gun barrel, and
dropped with their bombs. They observed the scroll landing, but according to
post war files, no indication exisits that the scroll was located by the Japanese.
Reference, Leatherneck Bombers by Alan Carey, page 23
SUNDAY, 28 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s fly reconnaissance and drop bombs on
Shimushu and Matsuwa. One B-25 and P-38s fly a guardship coverage mission,
two other B-25s fly a negative anti-shipping sweep.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 B-24s pound Kalemyo while 8 B-25s
hit Tiddim road; 50+ fighter-bombers and a few B-25s hit various targets at
or near Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin and Sahmaw; 76 fighter-bombers and 24 B-25s
bomb marshalling yards at Namma and Katha, hit several targets in the Mohnyin-Hopin
area, and bomb a railroad between Naba and Namma. 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron,
311th Fighter-Bomber Group, based at Dinjan with P-51s sends a detachment
to operated from Kurmitola.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 14 P-40s in support of ground forces
in the Salween area strafe oil storage at Hsiangta, bomb and strafe the Watien
area, and destroy a bridge and damage another on the Shweli River N of Tengchung;
and 2 B-25s sink a patrol boat and damage another near Saint John Island.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 29 B-25s stage from Eniwetok bomb Jaluit, and land at Makin. B-24s from Eniwetok bomb
Saipan and Guam Islands, Marianas Islands; those bombing Guam turn south to Los
Negros to rearm while the others return to Eniwetok. B-25s flying from Engebi bomb Mille. B-24s escort USN photo planes
over the Marianas.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 3
B-24s, followed by 23 B-25s and 12 P-38s, blast Lakunai Airfield; 33
P-39s and P-40s join 40+ USN dive bombers in a strike on Tobera Airfield. Five
B-25s hit Namatanai supply and personnel area. On Bougainville
Island, fighter-bombers hit the Tsundan supply area, huts and buildings at Gohi,
Nova and Monoitu, suspected barge hideout near Tonolai, and AA guns on Ballale.
RNZAF Lost on a bombing mission to Vunakanau is TBF Avenger NZ2530 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s and B-25s
in support of ground forces on Biak, hitting villages, supply areas, troop
concentrations and gun positions on Biak, Noemfoor, and Japen; A-20s,
B-25s, and fighter-bombers blast troop concentrations, AA positions and supply
dumps in the Wewak area; A-20s supporting ground forces in heavy fighting in
the Sarmi area, hit positions with minimum-level strikes. B-24s bomb Boela and 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, based at
Nadzab with P-70s, sends a detachment to operate from Wakde. Thirteenth
Air Task Force B-24s bomb the airfield on Woleai.
MONDAY, 29 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): At dawn two B-25s photograph and bomb Shimushu and Matsuwa (secondary). During the early afternoon 2 B-25s escorted
by 4 P-38s strafe, bomb and sink a patrol boat in the Kurile. Later
4 other B-25s unsuccessfully attack 2 vessels off Shimushu.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 27 B-25s and 40+ fighter-bombers pound
troops and positions at Bhamo and Mohnyin, the railroad at Mogaung and warehouses
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Seven B-24s pound areas along the Burma Road, three
bomb the town of Wanling, Burma, and two B-24s attack a convoy of Hainan claiming a 250' freighter sunk. In China, 26 P-40s and P-38s attack
troops at Lushan, pound barracks and demolish 7 trucks at Yuanchu, bomb and
strafe the general area at Nanchang and destroy several buildings along the
Hsiang River N of Changsha; and 19th Liaison Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force,
attached to Y Force, moves from Ondal, India to Kunming with L-1s and L-5s.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Operations are restricted to photo
missions over Wotje, Mille and Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Major General James T Moore,
USMC, takes over as Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS). On New Britain Island,
almost 100 B-25s, P-38s, P-39s and a variety of USN aircraft pound the Rabaul
area, with AAF aircraft concentrating on the Nordup supply area and the others
concentrating on Hospital Point AA positions. On Bougainville, 24 P-39s
and 16 P-40s blast occupied areas west of Tinputs Harbor and at Arigua Plantation.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, B-24s pound
gun positions, defense areas and troops, as the first tank battle of the SWPA
is fought west of Parai on Biak; other B-24s pound airfields on nearby mainland
at Timoeka and Babo; A-20s, B-25s and P-47s, along with RAAF aircraft and a
few B-24s from the Biak strike, saturate the Wewak area with continuous air
strikes; in the Wakde-Sarmi battle zone, B-25s and P-40s hit forces in
the Mount Saskin area; B-24s of the Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Woleai and other nearby islands in the Caroline Islands.
TUESDAY, 30 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 1 B-25 and 2 P-38s fly guardship cover.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s attack the railroad between
Namma and Hopin; B-25s and fighter-bombers fly 100 sorties against railroad
targets, hitting tracks, rolling stock, stations, and bridges in the vicinities
of Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin and Loilaw; the Imphal-Tiddim road is bombed by
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 48 fighters support ground forces
in the Mamien Pass-Watien-Chiangtso area; 31 supply aircraft drop food and ammunition
to friendly forces in the Mamien Pass area; 13 B-25s damage the Wan Pa-Hsa,
Burma bridge and bomb Lungling, destroying 6 warehouses and starting several
big fires; 8 P-51s hit railroad targets of opportunity on sweeps from Peking,
Chengting, Pingting, Linfen and Puchou; 16 P-38s and P-51s dive-bomb installations
at the W end of the Nanchang bridge, causing much damage; 5 B-25s and 12 P-40s
strafe troops, supplies, and occupied strongpoints at Loyang and at several
locations along the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers; Japanese air strikes on Hengyang Airfield and Liangshan Airfield destroy four AAF
aircraft, damage several others, and blow up a fuel dump.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Engebi bomb
Ponape, which is also hit by B-24s returning from the shuttle base on Los Negros. Two forces of B-24s from Kwajalein strike Truk and Wake.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23
B-25s bomb personnel areas NE of Tobera; 40+ P-38s, P-40s and P-39s bomb a supply
dump near Ratawul. On Bougainville, 33 P-39s and 8 P-40s demolish bridges
at Kirinani and over the Siaibai River; a log ramp over the Miwo River is damaged
and a road between the Purlata River and Kiaraba is hit; the fighter-bombers
also attack the runway at Buka Airfield, Chabai barge anchorage and Soraken supply
USMC - Lost over New Ireland is SBD 54217 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s hit enemy
positions as fighting on Biak slacks temporarily; other B-25s bomb the
airfield and nearby AA guns and fuel at Timoeka; B-24s and A-20s hit Japen;
in the Wakde Island-Sarmi battle area, B-25s bomb and strafe the shoreline from
the NW of Sawar to Sarmi Point; the Wewak area is again blasted by 70+ A-20s,
B-24s and B-25s, along with RAAF aircraft. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s hit
Truk and Woleai and Puluwat, Caroline Islands.
WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): During the morning 2 B-25s and 4 P-38s fly guardship
cover. A bomber flies a weather mission while another reconnoiters and hits
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s hit the Tiddim road; 130+
B-25s, A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s hit troops, defensive positions, artillery emplacements,
boats, railroad facilities, and villages in the Myitkyina-Mogaung area, buildings
at Tahona, river boats at Lonkin and Kamaing, docks at Bhamo, railroad cars
at Namti, and positions NW of Mohnyin; 21 other B-25s and fighter-bombers pound
the Bhamo town area and airfield; and 10 B-24s bomb Ye-u, demolishing several
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 51 P-51s and P-40s pound shipping along the
Yangtze River, claiming direct hits on 5 small ships; 16 P-51s and P-40s bomb
Kweiyi and Yoyang and installations on the river to the south; Ten P-38s bomb the
bridge and warehouse area at Nanchang; 12 P-40s bomb Pingkiang; Four B-25s bomb Hankow
Airfield, Pailochi, and motor convoy at Yoyang; 6 other B-25s knock out the
bridge at Kengluang; 13 B-24s pound the town of Lungling, causing big fires,
while 14 B-24s, supported by P-40s blast the warehouse area at Lashio; 4 P-40s destroy several aircraft during strafing runs on Linfen and Hohsien
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On New Britain Island, 12
P-38s bomb Vulcan Crater barge hideout; 22 P-39s and 12 P-40s blast supply dumps
near Ratawul; 33 B-25s pound Rabaul truck concentrations, wharf area, and NE
section of town. 5 B-25s bomb targets of opportunity along the NW coast of New
Ireland. On Bougainville, P-39s bomb several targets, including
Soraken, Arigua, and several barges and vehicles.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s and A-20s
hit the Babo area, bomb Ransiki Airfield near the Ransiki River, cover the beachhead
on Biak and attack fishing boats on the shore of Japen; P-47s
and B-25s pound villages, barges, and gun positions in the Wakde-Sarmi battle area; B-24s, P-39s and RAAF aircraft continue to hit the Wewak and Hansa
RNZAF: Lost over Rabaul is TBF Avenger NZ2521 (MIA).