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June 1944
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THURSDAY, 1 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 2 B-24s from Shemya photograph and bomb installations at Buroton Bay, including a suspected seaplane base and the harbor area. Of 2 B-25s and 4 P-38s taking off for a guardship cover mission, 3 aircraft abort with engine trouble; 2 other B-25s fly a negative antishipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 7 B-25s pound bridges at Songon and Bongyaung and hit the Imphal, India-Tiddim road; 20+ others fly ammunition into the Imphal area. Nineteen P-40s hit targets in the Myitkyina area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty-five fighter-bombers hit the Chenghsien railroad yards; eighteen fighter-bombers bomb docks, a gunboat, and barracks in the Chiuchiang area and strafe about 300 troops at Sanyenchiao; 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Suichwan to Lingling with P-51s; 91st Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, moves from Karachi to Fungwanshan with P-47s; and during Jun, the 449th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, moves from Suichwan to Kweilin with P-38s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Eniwetok hit Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): HQ XIII Bomber Command moves from Guadalcanal to Los Negros. In the Bismarck Archipelago, 9 B-25s bomb Matupi Island and 3 hit the SE part of Rabaul and 12 others pound personnel and the supply area NE of Tobera; 30+ P-38s and P-40s hit Talili Bay supply areas; and 5 medium bombers hit a barge hideout and buildings on Duke of York Island. In the Solomons, 30+ P-39s attack Tonolai, Arigua and Arawa and barges at Sohano.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Amboina and Kai Island in the Moluccas Islands and Boeroe Island in the Sunda Islands. B-25s and A-20s attack targets of opportunity in the Kaukenau area, at Ransiki and on Noemfoor and Biak Islands; A-20s, B-25s and P-39s hit villages, bivouac, and other targets of opportunity in the coastal area from Wakde Island to Hollandia; the bombing of the Wewak-Hansa Bay coast continues.

RAAF: During a training flight, two Boomerangs collid over Mildura: Boomerang A46-144 and Boomerang A46- 14.

USN: Sunk off Matsuwa is USS Herring SS-233 (MIA).

FRIDAY, 2 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s, finding Shimushiru overcast, bomb and photograph Matsuwa (the secondary) during dawn.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): B-25s continue to fly ammunition into the Imphal, India area. 12 B-24s airborne against Yenangyaung, Burma fail to hit the primary but unload against alternates in the area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 80+ P-40s and P-51s pound troopsand vehicles at Tungcheng and Chungyang and strafe a concentration of about 75 sampans on Tungting Lake.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s based on Makin strike Nauru.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-24s pound the Nordup area and 48 P-38s, P-39s, and P-40s attack the Vunakanau area. 30+ P-39s attack Buka Airfeild and supplies in the Kara-Kahili area.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s bomb the Kaukenau-Timoeka area while B-24s bomb positions N of Mokmer Airfield; B-24s and B-25s hit bivouacs NE of Sawar Airfield and near the Wiske River and bomb roads along W bank of the Orai River; B-24s, P-39s, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) airplanes hit the Wewak area; C-47s of the 65th and 66th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 433d Troop Carrier Group, cease operating from Tsili Tsili and return to base at Nadzab. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s bomb Dublon.

SATURDAY, 3 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 2 B-25s and 2 P-38s fly guardship cover; 2 other B-25s fly a negative shipping search.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 B-25s pound the Imphal-Tiddim road while a few P-40s hit the Mogaung area; the B-25 ammunition lift to the Imphal area continues.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-40s support ground forces at Watien and Tatangtzu, destroy 2 barges and damage others in the Gulf of Tonkin, and strafe 40 barges carrying horses and troops in the Tungting Lake area N of Nanhsien; B-25s, P-40s, and P-51s pound the Pingkiang area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s staging through Eniwetok strike Truk in a pre-dawn raid; B-25s from Engebi bomb Nauru. HQ 15th Fighter Group moves from Wheeler Field to Bellows Field.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): All scheduled strikes on the Rabaul area of New Britain Island are cancelled due to weather conditions. 20+ P-39s, turned back from the Rabaul area, hit the Tsundawan-Porton road, vehicles in the Komai area, and AA position at Kara.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s, A-20s and B-24s hit Timoeka Airfield and nearby villages, shipping off Manokwari, Seroei positions north of Mokmer Airfield, Sorido Airfield and Kamiri Airfield; P-38s and P-47s battle fighters over Biak and over the Babo area, lost is P-38J 43-28516; P-47s and P-40s hit Sawar Airfield, supplies and fuel dumps in the Sarmi and Orai River areas, and hideouts and occupied areas along the coast; B-24s and fighter-bombers maintain consistent pounding of numerous targets in the Wewak-Hansa Bay coastal region; HQ 49th Fighter Group moves from Hollandia to Biak Island; and the ground echelon of the 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins a movement from Saidor to Biak; the air echelon operates from Saidor with P-39s. B-24s of the Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Eten and Dublon.

SUNDAY, 4 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s fly an uneventful reconnaissance over Shimushiru; fuel shortage and equipment failure prevent flying to Matsuwa (the secondary). Later, a B-25 and 2 P-38s fly a guardship cover mission.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20+ P-40s hit the Myitkyina area while 19 others hit various points in N Burma, including Haka, Kamaing, Kamasaing, Tagwin, and Bilumyo. B-25s continue the ammunition lift to Imphal.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-40s bomb artillery positions and targets of opportunity in the Watien area of the Salween battle front. Others bomb railroad targets of opportunity in NE French Indochina.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night B-24s, staging through Eniwetok hit Truk; B-25s from Engebi follow with a daylight raid on Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Bad weather again prevents strikes against the Rabaul area of New Britain Island. On Bougainville Island, P-39s flying a total of 55 sorties, blast a truck park near Komai, strafe huts at Doure, and attack a pier at Tunuru; 9 P-38s weathered out of the Rabaul strike the Tonolai supply area; and a lone B-25 bombs Kahili.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s bomb the town and harbor at Manokwari and shipping to the E in Geelvink Bay; B-24s bomb Namber Airfield and Borokoe Airfield while fighters battle enemy airplanes in the general area; B-24s bomb the area near the Orai River mouth while A-20s hit Wewak and fighter-bombers pound the Hansa Bay coast; a detachment of the 68th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, ceases operating from Tadji with C-47s and returns to base at Nadzab.

MONDAY, 5 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s bomb Bhamo and 4 hit the bridge at Ledan Chaung, while others continue ammunition haul into Imphal; 50 fighter-bombers pound the Myitkyina area and 20+ others hit Loilaw, Tagwin, Namti, and Mogaung. In India, HQ 3d Combat Cargo Group and 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Combat Cargo Squadrons are activated at Sylhet with C-47s. With this activation, the following squadrons, which have been operating from bases in India since Apr 44, will shortly return to their bases in Italy and Sicily: 4th Troop Carrier Squadron, 62d Troop Carrier Group, to Gaudo Airfield, Italy and 16th, 17th, 18th and 35th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 64th Troop Carrier Group, to Comiso, Sicily.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 P-40s support ground forces at Watien and Lameng on the Salween front; 18 B-24s and 12 P-40s bomb Lashio; 7 B-24s blast the barracks and warehouse area at Namhkam; 8 P-40s hit 15 tanks at Taying; 29 P-40s attack numerous oil barges near Yuankiang, leaving
16 of them burning.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): The Twentieth Air Force flies its first B-29 combat mission. Of 98 B-29s airborne from India, 77 bomb the primary target-the railroad shops at Bangkok, Siam; 5 B-29s are lost to non-battle causes.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin hit Nauru; B-24s from Eniwetok escort photo aircraft over Guam Island, Marianas Islands, bomb the island, and proceed to Los Negros for rearming. B-25s from Engebi strike Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23 B-25s bomb a truck park at Rabaul; 22 P-39s strike Ratawul; 11 P-38s hit barges and buildings in the Vulcan Crater area. On Bougainville, 30+ P-39s hit vehicles in the Komai-Tobago vicinity, a wooded supply area north of Buka Airfield, and Cape Tanabom and Kangu Hill areas. Lost is P-38J 43-28570 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): P-39s and RAAF aircraft attack the Wewak area; B-24s bomb the area north of Sorido Airfield; during the night of 5/6 Jun an all-night series of harassing raids by Japanese airplanes destroy six planes and damage 80 on Wakde Island. Lost is P-38J 42-104359. 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, moves from Hollandia to Biak Island with P-38s; and 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Gusap to Tadji with P-39s.

RNZAF: Lost on a strike against Rabaul is TBF Avenger NZ2518.

TUESDAY, 6 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 B-25s attack the Waingmaw, Wuntho-Hopin area, and Imphal-Tiddim road; others maintain ammunition lift into Imphal; 24 A-36s, 11 P-51s, and 45 P-40s pound Myitkyina; about 40 A-36s and P-40s hit the Mogaung, Mohnyin, Lachigahtawng, Pakhren-Sakan and Kadu areas. In India, HQ 443d Troop Carrier Group moves from Sylhet to Sookerating; and 11th and 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3d Combat Cargo Group, move from Sylhet to Dinjan and Fenny respectively with C-47s. Lost is P-38J 42-104355.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 50 P-40s attack shipping, horses, and troops in the Fulinpu Kweiyi vicinity, 10 P-51s and 6 B-25s pound Tayang Chiang, and 5 B-25s bomb Pailochi Airfield; 9 P-40s hit road and rail targets of opportunity in the Yellow River area; 2 others sink a junk and damage others at Kwangchow Wan.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s returning to Eniwetok from Los Negros (where they rearmed after bombing Guam the previous day) hit Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-38s bomb a supply dump near Nordup. On Bougainville, P-39s and US Navy (USN) aircraft hit vehicles near Hari; other P-39s pound a pier and buildings in southeast Kahili.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, B-24s and B-25s bomb shipping near Efman Island and Waigeo Island; A-20s hit Babo Airfield, and A-20s and B-25s hit Namber Airfield and tanks near Mokmer; and P-39s, A-20s and RAAF aircraft continue to pound the Wewak-Hansa Bay area, hitting supply dumps and hideouts. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s hit Truk.

WEDNESDAY, 7 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 B-24s bomb Wuntho and Kalemyo; 9 B-25s hit the Wuntho-Shwebo railroad and bridge at Thityabin; other B-25s continue flying ammunition to Imphal and a few P-51s hit Lachigahtawng.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, ten B-25s bomb Lashio and targets of opportunity along the Salween front; 3 B-25s and 15 fighter-bombers bomb tank concentrations at Taying, destroy several locomotives at Linfen, and pound railroad yards at Chenghsien; and P-40s and B-25s strafe sampans at Fort Bayard and sink a schooner off Nampang Island. 2 rocket-firing P-40s damage a processing building at the carbide mines at Na Duonp, French Indochina.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin bomb Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): All scheduled strikes in the Rabaul area are weathered out. P-39s and P-38s hit several targets of opportunity on Bougainville, including occupied areas at Monoitu.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s bomb gun positions near Bosnik, Sorido Airfield, and the road at Borokoe; A-20s hit shipping in the Manokwari area; B-25s blast supply areas near the Orai River; fighter-bombers and A-20s continue pounding the Wewak-Hansa Bay coast. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s hit various targets in Truk (weather permits only 10 of the 48-airplane force to reach the target area). Lost is P-40N piloted by Todd.

THURSDAY, 8 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): B-24s mine the Bangkok and Mergui, Burma areas. B-25s maintain the ammunition supply to Imphal. In Burma, 9 B-25s pound the Imphal-Tiddim road and a few A-36s and P-51s hit the enemy in the Mogaung area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 19 P-40s bomb docks, warehouses and military installations at Ichang and Shasi and strafe 2 cavalry units at Nanying; 4 P-51s attack railroad traffic in the Singtai-Chengting area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 7/8 Jun, B-24s from Eniwetok bomb Truk and Ponape. B-25s from Makin follow up during the day with a strike against Nauru. In Hawaii, 72d Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, moves from Haleiwa Field to Mokuleia Field with P-38s; 78th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group, moves from Mokuleia Field to Bellows Field with P-47s.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-25s bomb a supply area at Ratawul. 32 P-39s bomb Tsirogei and a supply area north of Buka and six P-38s hit Monoitu Mission.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s, P-38s, B-24s and A-20s battle enemy fighters over Manokwari and Efman-Schouten area, bomb a small freighter off Manokwari and hit gun emplacements and occupied areas at Kamiri, at Namber, and near Sorido; P-40s hit supply areas and villages in the vicinity of Sarmi; and A-20s again hit Wewak area. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s from the Admiralty Islands hit Truk.

(IJN) Destroyer Harusame is sunk 30 miles off Manokwari. Lost is B-25D piloted by Tennille.

FRIDAY, 9 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 B-25s carry out a strike on the Imphal-Tiddim road while 20+ others continue to supply ammunition to the Imphal area; 40+ A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s hit Myitkyina, Mogaung and Kadu.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-40s, P-51s and B-25s fly 200+ sorties against numerous targets throughout the Tungting Lake area; river shipping of all description is pounded, several troop concentrations are attacked, Hankow Airfield and Wuchang Airfield are bombed, and the towns of Ichang, Siangyin, Yuankiang and Kiaotow are hit; and 4 B-24 and fighter- bomber sorties over the S China Sea result in claims of 3 sea going vessels, a tug and a barge sunk.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 8/9 Jun B-24s from Eniwetok bomb Truk.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 32 B-25s, 20 P-39s and 5 P-38s pound supplies and gun positions in the Rataaul-Talili Bay area; 5 other B-25s attack a pier at New Massava Plantation and railroad to Mandres Saw Mill. P-39s hit the town of Buka, a supply area to the north of Buka Airfield, and Arigua Plantation.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Peleliu Airfield, lost is B-24J 42-100180. A-20s bomb shipping in Manokwari harbor; B-24s, A-20s, B-25s and P-39s, along with RAAF planes, drop about 140 tons of bombs on various targets in the Wewak area; and 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, moves from Gusap to Nadzab with P-47s. B-24s of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Alet Airfield and targets of opportunity at Truk.

SATURDAY, 10 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 23 B-24s bomb targets at Chauk, Lonywa and Yenangyaung while 29 others supply ammunition to the Imphal area; 50 A-36s, P-51s and P-40s blast targets at Myitkyina, Mogaung and Tapo. 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Sylhet to Sookerating, India with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 P-40s and P-51s hit railroad traffic and tracks at Linfen and Loning and a tank concentration at Lingpao; 6 P-40s hit a bridge at Tasa; B-25s, P-40s, P-51s and P-38s carry out 150+ sorties against numerous targets throughout the Tungting Lake area; numerous rivercraft are destroyed or damaged, Kukang and other villages WE of Changsha are bombed, Hankow Airfield and Wuchang Airfield revetments and buildings are pounded, the Changshowkai area is blasted and several river landings and storage installations in the lake area are attacked; 3 B-24s on a S China Sea sweep claim 1 small cargo ship sunk; and 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Hengyang to Lingling with P-51s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk and Ponape during the night of 9/10 Jun. B-25s from Makin hit Nauru during the day.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Eight P-38s skip-bomb supply tunnels at Keravia Bay while four others strafe nearby AA positions; AA guns south of Rapopo are attacked by 12 B-25s, 20 P-39s, and 20+ US Navy (USN) dive bombers; other B-25s bomb Ratawul. 31 P-39s and 20+ USN aircraft hit Chinatown at Buka and a supply area northeast of Buka Airfield, a barge at Sohano, and on Bougainville, trucks near Tsirogei and a ford near Monoitu.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, A-20s hit Babo Airfield, destroying grounded aircraft, a fuel dump, several buildings, and a gun position; A-20s, B-25s, and RAAF aircraft hit the Wewak area with 100+ tons of bombs; Lost are A-20G 43-21299, A-20G 43-9475 and A-20G-20 42-86621. HQ 312th Bombardment Group and 387th and 389th Bombardment Squadrons move from Gusap to Hollandia (Group and 389th) and Nadzab (387th) with A-20s; air echelon of 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, that has been operating from Wakde with B-25s since 25 May, returns to base at Finschhafen. Lost on a training mission is P-38H 42-66841 (pilot survived). Force landed is C-47A 42-100628 (all survive)

RAAF: Spitfire A58-350 crash lands.

SUNDAY, 11 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 55 A-36s, P-51s and P-40s attack targets at Myitkyina, Mogaung, Indawgyi Lake and Padaung, Burma. 30 B-25s continue flying ammunition to the Imphal area; 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Pandaveswar to Kurmitola with B-24s; and detachment of 530th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, operating from Kurmitola with P-40s, returns to base at Dinjan.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China's Tungting Lake area 80+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s pound the towns of Lanchi and Anking, hit a cavalry compound at Kintsing, attack Japanese HQ, positions, and river traffic N of Changsha, destroy or damage several boats, barges, and sampans at Changsha, and strafe numerous targets of opportunity throughout the entire region; in the Yellow River area, 27 B-25s and P-40s pound barracks, fortifications, tank concentration, several armored vehicles, and cavalry forces at Iching and Lingpao; 3 B-25s on a sea sweep in the S China Sea claim a 600' freighter sunk.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Eniwetok hit Truk during the night of 11/12 Jun. B-25s follow with a raid against Ponape during the morning.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 130+ B-25s, P-38s P-39s and USN dive bombers pound AA positions S and SW of Rapopo. On Bougainville, P-39s fly 44 sorties against occupied areas at Komai, Kakaura, and Quaga, AA guns at Kangu Hill, and plantations at Arigua and Tsirogei. 868th Bombardment Squadron B-24s on "snooper" bombing mission hit Truk lost is B-24J 42-100273.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Sorido Airfield and surrounding areas as US carrier forces attack Saipan, Tinian and Guam; B-25s, A-20s, and P-47s continue to saturate the Wewak-Hansa Bay coastline with bombs; 388th Bombardment Squadron, 312th Bombardment Group, moves from Gusap to Nadzab with A-20s. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s bomb Dublon Seaplane Base and Peleliu Airfield. Lost are A-20A "Little Hellion" 40-166 and P-38J 42-67593 and B-25D 41-30024.

Twenty-two 90th BG B-24s bomb Peleliu Airfield. Lost are B-24D "Louisiana Lullaby" 42-63986 and B-24J 44-40188.

MONDAY, 12 JUNE 1944


BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 30+ B-25s continue to supply troops at Imphal with ammunition. 16 P-40s hit Mogaung and targets of opportunity in N Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 50 P-40s, P-51s and B-25s hit troop concentrations in the Yellow River area at Lingpao and S of Loyang; in the Tungting Lake area about 100 P-40s and P-51s attack numerous supply boats and other river and lake traffic, and hit dock areas and warehouses at Lanchi, Yuankiang and at scattered points; also hit are villages and troops in the Changsha and Kuanchuang areas; 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, moves from Gushkara, India to Chengkung with P-51s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Eniwetok based B-24s hit Truk during the night of 11/12 Jun and again during the day.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 6 B-24s bomb runways at Tobera and Rapopo; 22 P-39s and 10 P-38s join 20+ USN aircraft in attacks on supply dumps near Ralum; and 20 B-25s pound Malapau village. 44 P-39s hit Buka Airfield and on Bougainville, Tsirogei plantation, barges and pier south of Kleine Island and the occupied area west of Komai.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Fierce ground fighting continues on Biak while Japanese aircraft attack Allied ground forces and shipping offshore; P-47s battle attacking aircraft, shooting down several; P-47s and A-20s hit troop concentrations, communications and various other targets in the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas; 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Saidor to Biak with P-39s; and 386th Bombardment Squadron, 312th Bombardment Group, moves from Gusap to Nadzab with A-20s. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s bomb Dublon Seaplane Base and Peleliu Airfield. Lost is B-24M "Out of the Night II" 44-41809.

USN: Lost over Guam is TBF Avenger 25424.

USMC: Lost is R4D Dakota 17180.

JAAF - Lost is Ki-46 Dinah piloted by Tsutsui off Darwin.

TUESDAY, 13 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): During the night of 12/13 Jun 6 B-24s dispatched to fly an offensive sweep and provide air cover for a naval task force abort the missions due to weather.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): A few P-51s hit Mogaung, Burma. In India, 39 B-25s fly ammunition to the Imphal area; HQ 12th Bombardment Group (Medium) and 81st, 83d and 434th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) move from Tezgaon to Pandaveswar (group and 83d) and Madhaiganj (81st and 434th) with B-25s; and 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, AAF, India-Burma Sector, arrives at Guskhara from the US with F-5s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, eighteen B-25s and 56 fighter-bombers pound the marshalling yard at Wuchang; about 70 other B-25s and fighter- bombers attack a variety of other targets in the Tungting Lake region, including many river vessels, the airfield at Pailochi, troop positions NE of Changsha, warehouse and factory area at Shasi and numerous general targets of opportunity; 12 fighter-bombers hit Japanese HQ and barracks at Loyang; 4 B-24s over the S China Sea claim 1 cargo vessel sunk; 4 P-40s pound Japanese positions at Watien and Kaitou; and 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), based at Yangkai, sends a detachment to operate from Kweilin and Liuchow with B-25s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): An attack during the night of 12/13 Jun by B-24s from Eniwetok against Truk and Ponape is followed by a daylight attack by Makin based B-25s against Nauru and Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On New Britain, 9 P-38s and 23 P-39s hit Ralum and AA positions to the S; 24 B-25s bomb Tobera AA guns and airfield; 15 B-24s, in two waves, bomb Praed Point; and 6 B-24s also bomb Tobera. 31 P-39s and 12 USN aircraft attack supply dumps at Buka and Tapsadawato, Bougainville, bomb approach to the Abia River bridge, and hit a garden area at Tabago all on Bougainville.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 100+ A-20s and a few B-25s and P-39s attack miscellaneous targets in the Wewak area; P-39s hit the area around Hollandia and P-47s bomb a bridge over the Orai River and fuel dumps near Sarmi; and A-20s blast enemy positions north of Borokoe. B-24s bomb Liang Airfield on Ambon. B-24s from Los Negros bomb Dublon and Woleai and Satawan. C-47A "Polly" 42-23856 suffers a mid-air collison with C-47A 42-92028 near Dumpu

RAAF: Lost is P-40N A29-410.

WEDNESDAY, 14 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 4 B-24s fly extensive photo reconnaissance over the C and N Kurile Islands; they are attacked by about 20 fighters of which 3 are damaged.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): A few P-40s hit the Mogaung, Burma area. In India, 21 B-25s continue ammunition supply to the Imphal vicinity; and 436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Majhaiganj to Tezgaon with B-24s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 43 P-40s attack river shipping,troops and villages in the Tungting Lake area, at or near Lanchi, Changsha, Chulianchiao and Linyang.

Saipan - American forces begin their invasion of Saipan. After 27 days of fierce fighting, Saipan is liberated.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 80+ B-25s, P-38s, P-39s and USN aircraft hit supply areas and underground storages along the N shore of Gazelle Peninsula from Vulcan Crater to Vunapope; Ralum, Keravia Bay and Vunapope stores are the hardest hit. P-39s fly twenty-seven sorties along the eastern shoreline of Bougainville from Bonis to Kieta, hitting Monoitu, Bonis and a pier at Kieta Mission.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, A-20s, B-25s and P-39s hit the Wewak area; B-24s bomb Kamiri Airfield; A-20s hit the airfield at Babo, the Orai River bridge, and fuel dumps and other targets near the river's mouth. B-24s bomb Halong Seaplane Base. Lost on a recon mission is B-24J 42-73197.

THURSDAY, 15 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s fly armed photo reconnaissance over Shimushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 27 A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s pound Mogaung and Myitkyina, Burma. In India, 30 B-25s fly ammunition to the Imphal area; and 82d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 12th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Tezgaon to Pandaveswar with B-25s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 P-40s hit Japanese cavalry forces at Chuchou and several supply boats on the Siang-Chiang River; 10 P-40s destroy or damage several tanks, trucks, and train cars between Loyang and Shanhsien; Twenty-four B-24s bomb the warehouse area at Canton, causing heavy damage.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): B-29's bomb take off from Chengtu to raid the steel works at Yawata, with the exception of the Eleventh Air Force's raids on the Kurile Islands, this is the first air attack against Japan since the Doolittle's raid in Apr 42. 47 B-29s operating out of Chengtu bomb the primary target, the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata. The Twentieth's first combat loss during a bombing mission results when Japanese fighters destroy a B-29 down with engine trouble at Neihsiang Airfield, China.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): HQ 494th Bombardment Group and 864th, 865th, 866th and 867th Bombardment Squadrons arrive at Barking Sands, Territory of Hawaii from the US with B-24s.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS) is dissolved, to be replaced by a new command, Commander Air North Solomons (COMAIRNORSOLS). HQ Thirteenth Air Force moves from Guadalcanal to Los Negros, from which the B-24s have been operating since Apr as the Thirteenth Air Task Force. Major General St Clair Streett becomes Commanding General Thirteenth Air Force, which becomes part of Far East Air Force (FEAF) (see below). The B-25s and fighters, together with other COMAIRSOLS aircraft, continue to maintain the neutralization of Rabaul and the pounding of the Buka area through July and into August 1944. Lost is TBF Avenger 24390.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: FEAF is formed with jurisdiction over the Fifth and Thirteenth Air Forces. General George C Kenney becomes Commanding General FEAF, with HQ in Brisbane, Australia; HQ Fifth Air Force moves from Brisbane to Nadzab, New Guinea and Lieutenant General Ennis C Whitehead becomes Commanding General Fifth Air Force. FEAF B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and fighters attack barges in the Manokwari area and a village in the Wakde area. Also bombed are airfields on Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, and Truk Atoll. Thirteenth Air Force aircraft still in the Solomon area hit Tobera Airfield and forces on Bougainville Island.

(USMC) Amphibious forces land on Saipan Island.

USN - Lost on a practice dive-bombing mission on Oahu is F6F Hellcat 41525. Lost in combat SB2C-1C Helldiver 00342.

FRIDAY, 16 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 28 A-36s, P-51s and P-40s hit Myitkyina and targets of opportunity in N Burma. In India, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3d Combat Cargo Group, based at Dinjan, sends a detachment to operate from Sookerating (attached to 443d Troop Carrier Group) with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Air echelon of 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force (attached to 23d Fighter Group), based at Chengkung, begins operating from Kweilin.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s based on Makin hit Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC): Major General Ralph J Mitchell, USMC, becomes Commander Air North Solomons (COMAIRNORSOLS).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Bombers and fighters hit widespread targets in the SWPA and in SOPAC. Personnel areas and barges along the coast in the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas are hit throughout the day; airfields and shipping at Efman and Samate and at Babo and Sorong are attacked. 3rd BG A-20s attack Kokas, afterwards A-20G "Big Nig II" is written off. Lost is B-25D "Hell's Belles" 41-30019. Dublon and Yap are hit by B-24s. B-24s hit Vunakanau Airfield; B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and fighters attack a large variety of targets of opportunity on Gazelle from Tobera Airfield to Rabaul. Crashed is L-5 42-98072.

RAAF: Lost on a mission against Muschu Island is Beafighter A19-120. In Australia on a training flight, Beafighter A19-36 collided with another aircraft over Evans Head.

SATURDAY, 17 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Twelve B-25s fly three air missions for a Naval Task Force on withdrawal, following the shelling of Kurabu Cape installations on Paramushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 8 A-36s attack forces at Mogaung, Burma. 25 B-25s fly ammunition to the Imphal area; and the 492d and 493d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Madhaiganj and Pandaveswar respectively to Tezgaon with B-24s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s and fighter-bombers attack large troop concentrations at Shanglishih and Fenglinpu, bomb the town of Lanchi and nearby villages, attack 4 villages in the Chuchou area, hit troop barges at Changsha, damage several supply boats at Yiyang, and bomb military installations at Ichang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s flying from Kwajalein bomb Ponape. B-25s from Makin hit Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb targets on Eten and Dublon. B-24s hit Lakunai Airfield while A-20s, B-25s and fighters attack numerous targets between Rapopo and Tobera. A-20s and B-25s and fighters hit shipping in Sorong harbor and airstrips in the Babo area; in the Wewak area, A-20s, B-25s and fighters continue to pound barges and villages; HQ 8th Fighter Group and 36th Fighter Squadron move from Nadzab to Owi with P-38s; and in the Solomon Islands, 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), based in the Renard Field begins operating from Stirling with B-25s. Lost are B-24D "Dropsnoot" 42-41246, A-20G 43-9395 destroyed landing is F7A "The Wango Wango Bird"42-64048.

SUNDAY, 18 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 16 A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s hit Myitkyina and Mogaung, Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s and P-40s bomb Yoyang and hit shipping and boats in the Siang-Chiang River delta area; P-40s and P-51s attack about 100 supply boats in the lower Tungting Lake area, strafe cavalry forces between Siangyin and Changsha, and hit a village just E of Changsha.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin pound Nauru. B-24s stage through Eniwetok to bomb Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In New Guinea, A-20s, B-25s, and fighters, along with RAAF aircraft, continue to pound supplies and occupied areas along the coast in the Wewak area; and 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Nadzab to Owi, Schouten Islands with P-38s. B-24s hit targets in Truk. A variety of fighter and bomber aircraft unload 18 tons of bombs on numerous targets around Rabaul. Fighters continue sweeps against targets of opportunity along coastal areas of Bougainville.

USN: Lost in a refueling accident is PT-107 and PT-63.

MONDAY, 19 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s fly armored photo reconnaissance over Paramushiru and bomb the Suribachi area with unobserved results.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 30 B-25s complete an ammunition run to Imphal. 33 A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s strike Myitkyina, Mogaung and Pinbaw, Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, about 150 fighter-bombers and 8 B-25s again pound a variety of targets throughout the Tungting Lake area; targets include much shipping from Siangyin to Chuchou, and at various points along the Siang-Chiang River, villages and compounds between Yiyang and Changsha, and boats and river area at Anking; 18 P-40s damage 2 bridges and destroy about 20 fuel trucks at Yuncheng; on the Salween front 15 P-40s hit trucks and military installations; and 4 B-25s bomb Kengluang bridge.

JAPAN - The fall of Saipan costs Japanese leader Hidecki Tojo his position as chief of general staff and most of his cabinet their jobs.

USN - During the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot", the most decisive defensive air battle of all time, Americans destroyed 243 Japanese shipborne aircraft plus 58 planes from Guam. American losses were 14 Hellcats, a Dauntless, and minor damage to four ships.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s, staging through Eniwetok bomb Truk. B-24s from Kwajalein and B-25s out of Makin pound Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 100+ A-20s and fighter-bombers maintain strikes along the coast around Wewak, hitting supply and bivouac areas, roads, personnel, and a coastal gun position; A-20s hit airfields at Manokwari Airfield, Noemfoor and Moemi Airfield. Lost are A-20G "Good TIme Charlie" 42-86727 and A-20G 43-21414 (pilot rescued). Lost on weather reconnaissannce is B-24J 42-73185. B-25s hit forces in the Cape Orford region of New Britain. B-24s bomb Dublon and Eten.

TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 B-24s fly fuel to Kamaing; 2 B-25s hit a bridge at Banchaung; and 8 A-36s and 3 P-40s attack targets at Myitkyina. In India, 13 B-25s supply ammunition to Imphal; 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Kisselbari, ceases operating from Dinjan with P-40s; and 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Sookerating to Moran with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In the Yangtze River-Tungting Lake area of China, about 120 B-25s and fighter-bombers again attack a wide variety of targets, pound river shipping at numerous points, hit villages and supply lines in the Pinkiang area, and bomb the towns of Changsha, Pingsiang and Ikiawan; in the Salween River area 24 B-25s pound Lungling and 16 P-40s hit troops and positions at Tengchung and Chenanso; in the Yellow River area 8 P-40s pound railroad yards and strafe about 75 trucks, destroying20+ of them; 3 B-24s over the S China Sea attack shipping, claiming a 5,000-ton commercial ship sunk; and a detachment of 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, moves from Liangshan to Kweilin with P-40s (squadron is based at Kunming).

USN - During the battle of the Phillippine Sea, Grumman F6F Hellcats destroy almost 300 Japanese aircraft.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin strike Ponape. Kwajalein based B-24s bomb Truk Atoll. HQ 318th Fighter Group and 19th Fighter Squadron move from Bellow Field, Territory of Hawaii to Saipan Island with P-47s [the aircraft are launched from the deck of the USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62)].

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: A-20s, P-39s, and RAAF aircraft, pound areas along the coast in the general area of Wewak and B-24s bomb Kamiri Airfield; and 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Biak to Owi (squadron is operating from Saidor with P-39s). B-24s attack Woleai and Dublon. B-25s, P-38s and other Allied aircraft, including some of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, blast AA positions S and SW of Rapopo. Lost is F4U Corsair NZ5274

WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 34 B-25s maintain an ammunition run to Imphal. In Burma, 61 A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s pound Myitkyina and Mogaung; 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Kisselbari begins operating from Tingkawk Sakan with P-40s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 11 fighter-bombers hit river shipping, barracks, and cavalry forces at Siangtan and Hengshan, China.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s based on Kwajalein bomb Truk. 6th Night Fighter Squadron, VII Fighter Command, based at John Rodgers Airport sends a detachment with P-61s to Saipan. Lost on a training mission is P-47D 43-25601.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In New Guinea, P-39s and RAAF aircraft hit dumps and bivouacs at Suain and attack other targets in the Wewak area; A-20s attack various targets of opportunity in the Paniai Lakes area while B-25s hit villages on the coast of Netherlands New Guinea east of Maffin Bay; B-24s bomb Kamiri Airfield and other targets on Noemfoor and attack shipping in Palau and off Dublon.

THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-24s fly fuel to Kamaing while 40 B-25s supply Imphal with ammunition; 40 A-36s, P-51s and P-40s hit Mogaung and Myitkyina while 10 others hit targets at Hopin, Namma and Sahmaw.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 18 P-40s destroy 20+ trucks between Hsuchang and Lohochai; 4 P-40s damage a troop steamer in Tungting Lake; Thirteen B-24s bomb Bakli Harbor, damaging dock facilities and claiming 1 freighter sunk.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein hit Truk; One B-24 bombs Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s, A-20s, and P-47s hit shipping at Efman and airfields and targets of opportunity on Noemfoor, attack Manokwari and hit villages in the Sarmi area; attacks by A-20s and fighters, along with RAAF aircraft, on the wide coastal area around Wewak continue; and HQ 317th Troop Carrier Group moves from Finschhafen to Hollandia. B-24s bomb Yap; Sorol Atoll, Caroline Islands; and Woleai. On New Britain, B-25s join the Allied aircraft in pounding Nordup and Ralum.

FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 2 B-25s fly a negative shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-24s fly gasoline to Kamaing while 29 B-25s make an ammunition run to Imphal; about 80 A-36s, P-51s and P-40s attack Mogaung, Myitkyina, Taungni and a bridge at Namkwi.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, twenty B-24s bomb docks at Hankow; in the Tungting Lake area 70+ B-25s and fighter-bombers attack a wide variety of river shipping at several locations, bomb a runway at Hengyang, strafe cavalry troops in the area, and hit the towns and villages of Chuchou, Ikiawan, Chuting, Chwanchishih, and Siangtan; 30 B-25s and fighter-bombers hit various targets of opportunity along the Yellow River.

USN - Carrier aircraft strike Pagan. Lost are F6F Hellcat 42135 and F6F Hellcat 42117.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Eniwetok based B-24s strike Truk Atoll. B-25s from Engebi pound Ponape. During the evening, B-24s from Kwajalein also attack Ponape. P-47s of the 73d Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, are launched off the USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) and land on Saipan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: The Wewak area is again pounded throughout the day by A-20s, P-39s, P-47s and RAAF aircraft; a few A-20s and A-26s on a barge search bomb offshore islands near Manokwari; this marks the SWPA debut of the A-26; P-47s on sweeps strafe areas E of Maffin; and 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, moves from Hollandia to Biak Island with P-38s. B-24s hit the airfield at Yap and Woleai. B-24s on armed reconnaissance bomb Dublon and Koror. B-24s bomb Tobera Airfield and B-25s along with other Allied aircraft, hit AA positions S and SW of Rapopo. Lost is P-38H 42-66828.

SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s at dawn bomb the area north of Kurabu Cape Airfield on Paramushiru. Later, two B-25s fly a negative shipping search.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 B-24s fly gasoline to Kamaing while 35 B-25s supply Imphal with ammunition; 60+ A-36s, P-51s, P-40s, and P-38s attack the Myitkyina, Mogaung, Mawlaik-Kin area, Pinbaw, and Hopin.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 60+ P-40s and P-38s bomb the towns of Siangsiang and Yuankiang, attack cavalry forces in the Hengyang area, and damage a pontoon bridge between Tungcheng and Pingkiang; 4 B-25s and a few P-40s knock out a bridge N of Chenghsien.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan, strafe the remnants of the enemy forces on the Saipan and also hit forces left on Tinian.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In New Guinea, Fifth Air Force and RAAF aircraft continue to blast stores, personnel areas, roads, and bridges in the general area of Wewak; B-25s, A-26s, and A-20s hit enemy positions in caves E of Mokmer Airfield, attack shipping on MacCluer Gulf in the Babo area, and bomb Kamiri Airfield and Kornasoren Airfield. B-24s, B-25s and fighters, along with other Allied aircraft, hit Tobera Airfield, AA guns at Vunapope, and buildings at Nordup.

SUNDAY, 25 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s bomb the airfield at Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 50+ B-25s make an ammunition run to Imphal. In Burma, 60+ A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s pound Myitkyina and Mogaung; 2 B-25s bomb the Mohnyin-Mawhun railroad.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 31 B-25s, P-40s, and P-51s hit the towns of Siangtan and Ichang, attack sampans at Wukou, destroy about 50 trucks and strafe concentrations of troops and horses in the Tangyang- Pingkiang and Siangtan-Yungfengshih areas, and pound river dock and sampans at Siangsiang; 7 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) B-25s bomb the Shayang storage area; 23 B-25s and P-40s bomb a storage area and damage a bridge at Chenghsien; and 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Lingling to Kweilin with P-40s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s based on Saipan carry out reconnaissance and strafing missions over Saipan and Tinian. B-24s based on Kwajelein hit Truk and Wotje.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Wewak area continues under attack of Fifth Air Force and RAAF aircraft; personnel areas at But, Dagua, and Suain and barges at Mushu and Kairiru Islands are hit; P-40s and B-24s strike Kamiri Airfield while A-20s, P-47s, and B-25s hit villages along the Tor River and P-47s hit tanks along the Wiske River; and air echelon of the 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Nadzab begins operating from Hollandia with F-5s. B-24s pound Yap and Sorol Atoll, lost is B-24J 44-40598. B-25s and fighters, along with other Allied aircraft, hit AA positions near Vunapope and blast plantations along Wide Bay.

USN - Lost is PT-193 "Bitchin' Witch" on a reef off Noemfoor.



MONDAY, 26 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Twellve B-25s fly three four-plane air cover missions for a Naval task force on withdrawal following shelling of Kurabu Cape installations on Paramushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 30+ B-25s fly ammunition to Imphal. 80+ A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s pound Myitkyina; 7 other fighter-bombers hit Waingmaw, Loilaw, and Pyindaw.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fourteen B-24s blast Hankow, causing heavy damage and fires; 180+ B-25s and fighter-bombers attack river shipping and several villages in the Tungting Lake area; the towns of Yuankiang, Sinshih, Siangtan, Liling, and Hengshan are bombed, as is the warehouse area at Yuhsien; numerous troop and truck concentrations and other targets of opportunity throughout the entire region are attacked; in the Salween area 14 B-25s and 36 P-40s knock out a bridge at Tingka, damage another near Mangshih, bomb military installations at Tengchung, strafe Japanese positions at Lungling, and hit targets of opportunity between Lungling and Tengchung; the Japanese bomb Lingling Airfield, damaging the runway and destroying a P-51; and the flight of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, operating from Suichwan with F-5s returns to base at Kunming.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan Island-based P-47s continue to hit enemy forces remaining on Saipan and Tinian while P-61s carry out night patrols over Saipan. B-25s from Makin pound Ponape and Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb targets on Yap and Sorol Atoll; others on armed reconnaissance bomb airstrips at Woleai and Peleliu Airfield. AAF and other Allied aircraft hit airfields, AA positions, and other targets in the Rabaul and Cape Orford areas. The Wewak area is hit throughout the day by Fifth Air Force B-24s and P-39s, along with USN and RAAF aircraft; P-38s, P-47s, A-20s, A-26s, B-24s, and B-25s attack airfields, shipping, villages, town areas, roads, and numerous other targets at Efman, Noemfoor, Japen, and Biak, at Manokwari and Ransiki, and near Sarmi; 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, moves from Hollandia to Mokmer Drome with P-38s; and 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, based on Guadalcanal sends a detachment to operate from Nadzab with P-61s. Lost is B-24D "Madame Libby The Sea Ducer" 42-40838 (MIA).

TUESDAY, 27 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 8 B-24s fly gasoline to Kamaing, Burma while 52 B-25s continue an ammunition run to Imphal.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In the Tungting Lake area of China, 160 B-25s and fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations, supplies, and river and road traffic between Changsha and Hengyang, bomb artillery concentrations at Sinsiang, attack waterfront and docks at Hengshan, pound villages near Chuchou, and attack numerous targets of opportunity throughout the lake region; 4 B-25s over the Formosa Strait claim 2 cargo vessels sunk and others damaged.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s continue strafing and rocket attacks on Tinian, Saipan, and Rota, while P-61s carry out defensive night patrols. B-24s, staging through Eniwetok pound Truk Atoll. During the night a single B-24 bombs Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fifth Air Force and RAAF light bombers and fighter-bombers continue to attack the Wewak area, hitting troop concentrations, villages, ammunition dumps, and warehouses; B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, A-26s, P-40s and P-47s hit airfields, gun positions, and various other targets in or near Babo, Manokwari, Biak and Noemfoor, Ransiki, Waren, and Moemi; movements of units assigned to 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group: air echelon of 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment) from Finschhafen, to Biak with B-25s; and 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron ceases operating from Saidor and returns to Owi with P-39s. B-24s bomb Yap and Sorol Atoll; others on a photo reconnaissance flight bomb Woleai and Ifalik Atolls, Caroline Islands. Fighters and bombers join other Allied aircraft from the Solomon in bombing AA positions at Ralum and other targets in the Rabaul area. 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, based on Guadalcanal, sends a detachment to Los Negros with P-61s. Two 310th BW B-24s bomb the wreckage of PT-193.

WEDNESDAY, 28 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-24s fly fuel to Kamaing; ammunition delivery to Imphal is continued by 47 B-25s; 14 other B-25s pound the Naba-Mawlin railroad.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In the Yangtze River-Tungting Lake area of China, B-25s and fighter-bombers fly 160+ sorties attacking river shipping at several locations, bombing the towns of Hengshan, Liling, and Pingkiang, and bombing Japanese HQ and gun sites in the Siangsiang area; also in the Hengyang area the B-25s and fighter-bombers hit rear supply bases and cavalry and infantry concentrations; and 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Kweilin to Yang Tong with B-25s (detachments are operating from Kweilin and Liuchow).

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s and P-61s carry out daylight raids and defensive night patrols over Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Attacks on the Wewak area continue; Japanese HQ and communications in the Suain-Karowop Plantation area and coastal road from Babiang to Nyaparake are hit; airfield and fuel dumps on Noemfoor, Japanese positions and occupied areas and buildings on Biak and Efman, a village near Babo, and the Tor River and Maffin Bay areas are attacked; and 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, moves from Nadzab to Owi with P-61s (detachment is operating from Wakde Island). B-24s bomb the airfield and town on Yap and communications on Sorol and Woleai. AA guns E of the Tobera area are attacked.

THURSDAY, 29 JUNE 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-25s fly a negative shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 B-24s continue the fuel lift to Kamaing; 45 B-25s haul ammunition to Imphal; 23 other B-25s bomb Tamu; 19 A-36s, P-51s, and P-38s hit Myitkyina and Myitnge bridge; and a B-25 bombs targets in the Mohnyin-Naba area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In the Tungting Lake area of China, 60+ B-25s and fighter-bombers hit shipping, gun positions, troop concentrations, and general targets of opportunity at several locations, including Lingvang, Liling, Hengyang, Yuhsien, Hengshan, Siangsiang, Chaling, and Yiyang. Three B-24s bomb Takao docks. In French Indochina, P-40s damage a bridge and attack rail traffic at Phu Lang Thuong.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s carry out bombing and strafing missions over Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. B-24s, staging, through Eniwetok pound Truk while B-25s based at Makin hit Ponape. Lost is B-25G "Coral Princess" 42-64977.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Japanese concentrations at Aitape and a variety of targets of opportunity including barges, villages and bivouacs in the Wewak area are hit by A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers. Lost is A-20G 43-21416. B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers attack airfields and AA guns at Babo Airfield, Manokwari Airfield, Waren Airfield, and Moemi Airfield, barges at Noemfoor, and villages east of Maffin Bay. On New Britain, AA positions south of Ralum are bombed.

FRIDAY, 30 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 47 B-25s continue the Imphal ammunition run while 17 B-25s haul gasoline to Kamaing; 18 B-25s bomb Tamu and 6 hit Wainggyo; and 11 P-38s attack Myitnge bridge.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s and fighter-bombers again pound numerous targets in the Tungting Lake area, concentrating on river shipping, town areas, troop concentrations, and road traffic; towns bombed include Pingkiang, Hengshan, Liling, Yuhsien, Siangyin, and Chuchou; also Hengyang Airfield and bridges at Leiyang and Liling. 15 P-40s over NE French Indochina damage bridge approaches at Phu Lang Thuong and blast 3 trains; detachment of 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, operating from Kweilin with P-40s, returns to base at Kunming.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s on Saipan continue to pound enemy forces remaining on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Detachment of 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh Air Force (attached to VII Fighter Command), based at Kipapa Airfield begins operating from Kwajalein with F-5s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Tobera and Erventa are also bombed. Barges, troop concentrations, and other targets of opportunity near Nyaparake and Suain are attacked; Kamiri Airfield and Namber Airfield, supply areas, and defensive positions on Noemfoor are hit; ground echelon of 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins a movement from Finschhafen to Biak Island (air echelon is operating from Biak with B-25s); and 389th Bombarment Squadron , 312th Bombardment Group, moves from Nadzab to Hollandia with A-20s.

RNZAF: Lost is F4U Corsair NZ5207.

 

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