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August 1944
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AUGUST 1, 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-25s bomb several points along the railway from Naba to Hopin; fighter-bombers attack Shwegu, hit bridges in the Mohnyin area, and support ground forces in the Myitkyina and Taungni sectors. During Aug, the 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, based at Nagaghuli with P-47s, sends a detachment to operate from Dergaon.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Eight B-25s bomb Wuchang Airfield; 2 others hit the town of Siangyin; 90+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance hit trucks, troops, supplies, and river shipping in and around Hengyang, Leiyang, Sinshih, Hengshan, Liling, Changsha, and Siangyin; the airfield and railroad yards at Hengyang are also bombed. During Aug, the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, based at Kunming with F-4s and F-5s, sends a detachment to operate from Kanchow, China.

AAFPOA is activated at Hickam Field with Lieutenant General Millard Harmon as Commanding General. Harmon is to be responsible to Lieutenant General Robert C Richardson, Jr, Commanding General US Army Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (USAFPOA), for logistics and administration, and to Admiral Chester W Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA), for operations of AAF air units except those of the Twentieth Air Force. Harmon also is Deputy Commander of the Twentieth Air Force and is responsible directly to General Henry H "Hap" Arnold in all matters affecting the Twentieth in the POA.

Seventh Air Force: The Seventh AF comes under control of AAFPOA. B-25s hit Ponape. Organized resistance ends on Tinian; P-47s and P-61s on Saipan will continue steady daylight and night combat patrols and strikes almost around the clock to the fall of Guam on August 10; most of the P-47 flying is devoted to neutralizing Pagan Airfield and Rota and to direct support of Marine and Army forces fighting on Saipan, Guam, and Tinian.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24's bomb Utagal Island, Caroline Islands and Namlea Airfield. In New Guinea, weather cancels scheduled strikes against the Vogelkop Peninsula area, but a few B-25s hit shipping in the islands to the W, sinking luggers off Kaboe and Salawat Islands and strafing troops on the shores of MacCluer Gulf; the weather also restricts operations against the Wewak area; and a few P-39s strafe coastal trails. During Aug, HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) moves from Stirling to Hollandia, the 12th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, that has been operating from Stirling Airfield returns to base on Guadalcanal. Lost is B-25H 43-4332 and B-25D 41-30372.

WEDNESDAY, 2 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, P-51s, P-47s and A-36s support ground forces in the Taungni area; P-51s and P-47s on patrols and armed reconnaissance hit various targets of opportunity around Katha, Mainghka, Meza, Helon, Mohnyin, Bilumyo, and Namma; and P-40s attack gun positions and strongpoints at Myitkyina. In India, HQ 3d Combat Cargo Group moves from Sylhet to Dinjan; and the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Sookerating to Ledo with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 11 B-25s and 32 P-40s and P-38s bomb and strafe the town of Tengchung; 9 P-40s and  P-38s damage a bridge at Tingka; and Yangtze River shipping and supplies are attacked at Shihlipu by 8 P-40s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the airfield at Yap; B-24s and B-25s carry out wide sweeps over the Moluccas and Lesser Sunda Islands, hitting airfields at Maumere, Amahai, and Liang, and shipping off Ceram and Ambon; B-24s hit Cape Chater and Lautem while B-25s bomb a camp near Poeloeti; and fighter-bombers hit coastal vessels and shore targets at Talaud. In New Guinea, A-20s bomb Nabire Airfield while in the Wewak area bombers and fighters hit a bridge and airfield at Boram and bridges, communications lines, troop concentrations, and other targets along the coastline, especially between But and Cape Karawop; and fighter-bombers hit Mapia Island.

THURSDAY, 3 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, B-25s bomb Wanling, knock out a bridge at Panghkam, and attack bridges along the railroad from Naba to Myitkyina; P-51s and P-47s support ground forces N of Taungni and near Sahmaw, hit the towns of Shwegu and Mosit, attack the factory area at Mohnyin, and pound boats, troop concentrations, and gun positions at
Myitkyina and Maingna.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 B-24s bomb the town of Yoyang; 6 B-25s hit Mangshih; nearly 150 P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance attack targets of opportunity, including airfields, troops, town areas, supply areas, and rail, road, and river traffic at numerous locations, including the areas of Tengchung, Tingka, Mangshih, Loyang, Changsha, Hengyang, Tangyang, Chingmen, Chaling, Siangyin, Nanchang, Siangtan, Hengshan, Chuchou, Ikiawan, and Leiyang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): HQ VII Air Service Area Command is activated. B-24s from the Marshall Islands pound Truk Atoll.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Yap and islands in the Woleai group; an ammunition dump and oil derrick at Boela are also destroyed. In New Guinea, bad weather cancels scheduled strikes over the Vogelkop Peninsula area; however, B-25s hit troop concentrations at Bira and other points on MacCluer Gulf, bomb Urarom, and support Allied ground forces on Biak Island by hitting troops in the Korim Bay area; supply dumps, communications targets, and bridges are hit as fighter-bombers and A-20s continue to blast areas around But, Dagua, and Wewak.

FRIDAY, 4 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four P-38s accompanied by 1 B-25 fly top cover for a naval force near Massacre Bay on Attu. Four B-25s fly an uneventful shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, B-25s bomb the town of Sahmaw in support of advancing Allied ground forces; P-51s also support ground forces in the Sahmaw-Taungni area; fighter-bombers hit various targets, including town areas, gun positions, troops, and communications lines in or near Shwegu Pinbaw, Kazu, Bhamo, Myitkyina, Bilumyo, Mawhe, Mainghka, and Onsansaing.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 20 B-25s bomb the town of Mangshih and Lashio Airfield and Hsenwi Airfield; 32 P-40s hit the town area and targets of opportunity at Tengehung; 70 P-40s attack troops, supplies, river shipping, and trucks at several points in the Tungting Lake-Yangtze River region; and 4 P-38s knock out 2 bridges at Mongyu.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): In the Marianas Islands, Saipan Island Island-based B-25s fly 2 strikes against Guam Island. B-25s hit Ponape. HQ 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and 27th, 38th and 392d Bombardment Squadrons move from Kwajalein to Saipan with B-24s; and the 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Seventh Air Force, moves from Abemama to Saipan with C-47s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the supply area on Utagal Island, the airfield at Yap and oil installations at Boela. In New Guinea, B-24s attack Fann; B-25s and A-20s hit oilfields at Klamono and at Kasim Island and bomb Nabire Airfield; P-39s strafe Pegun Island; A-20s and fighter-bombers in support of Allied forces pound enemy concentrations, supplies, and barges E of the Driniumor River, at Abau, S of Torricelli Range, at Boram, and just W of Wewak; and HQ 86th Fighter Wing moves from Finschhafen to Toem. Lost are P-47D 42-27848 (MIA) and P-47D 42-27866 (MIA).

SATURDAY, 5 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A weather mission is followed by a shipping sweep flown by 2 B-25s which is aborted early due to weather.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 14 B-25s bomb the town area of Taungni and stores area at Bilumyo; 50 P-51s also pound the Taungni area; 21 P-47s attack targets of opportunity throughout the widespread area around Bhamo. In India, the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3d Combat Cargo Group, moves from Sylhet to Dergaon with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 B-25s bomb the town of Wanling; Three B-25s hit Lashio Airfield; 36 P-40s again pound Tengchung; in the Tungting Lake area 50+ P-40s attack communications targets, troops, and numerous trucks.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Saipan fly 2 strikes against Guam.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb personnel and supply areas on Yap; other B-24s bomb oil facilities at Boela a few bomb Sasa Airfield, Philippine Islands while B-25s hit villages and small boats near Seleman Bay, Celebes Islands and afterwards bomb Besar Island, Sunda Islands. B-24s attack a seaplane anchorage at Kokas while P-39s strafe barges in the W Geelvink Bay area; despite bad weather, P-39s manage to hit Luain gun positions and ammunition dump; Lost is B-25H 43-4129. HQ 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group and 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron move from Nadzab and Hollandia respectively to Biak Island with F-5s. Lost is B-24J "Blondes Away" 42-110006 (MIA).

SUNDAY, 6 AUGUST 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25s bomb the town area of Mohnyin while 2 others destroy a bridge at Hsenwi; 21 P-51s hit 4 railroad bridges in the Naba-Pinbaw area, destroying 2 of them; P-51s and P-47s hit numerous targets of opportunity at Mohnyin, Hopin, Bhamo, Myothit, Katha, Indaw, and other points in N Burma; a few P-40s strafe targets of opportunity in the Myitkyina area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 28 P-40s again pound Tengchung; 47 P-40s and P-51s hit trucks, troop compounds, and gun positions in the Hengyang area; 19 P-40s attack sampans and trucks around Changsha; 20 others hit supplies, trucks, barracks, and targets of opportunity at Chefang and Mangshih, between Changsha and Hengyang, and between Siangyin and Siangtan.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Saipan Island strike Guam Island twice; B-25s hit Ponape, and others hit Nauru; and B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wotje.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Yap supply area is bombed by B-24s; heavy frontal weather activities over the Vogelkop Peninsula and the Moluccas Islands cancels strikes in that area. In New Guinea, B-25s and fighters, though restricted by the weather, support ground operations near Sarmi, hit gun positions at Dagua, and strafe fuel dumps and targets of opportunity at Cape Djeruen; the 100th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), Thirteenth Air Force [attached to 42d Bombardment Group (Medium)] based on Stirling with B-25s, begins operating from Hollandia. Lost is P-47D 42-22681 and P-47D 42-22659 (MIA).

MONDAY, 7 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, B-25s destroy 2 bridges, damage 2 others, and hit targets of opportunity in areas around Naba and Mawhun; fighter-bombers attack Mohnyin, Myothit, and Pinbaw, hit motor pool at Namana, damage 2 bridges S of Bhamo, and attack targets of opportunity during sweeps of Onbauk Airfield and the town of Bhamo; fighter-bombers also support ground forces in the Taungni area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 37 P-40s hit Hengyang and trucks, troops, and gun positions in the surrounding area; 21 P-40s bomb Changsha, 4 hit rivercraft at Siangsiang, 4 bomb the wall at Tengchung, and 6 attack Hsiaoshuipu.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan Island-based B-25s hit Guam Island twice during the day.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb power plant, AA positions, and barracks area on Yap, phosphate plant on Fais Island, Caroline Islands, and airfields at Galela Airifeld and Lolobata Airfield, Moluccas Islands, where 35-50 aircraft are destroyed or damaged. In New Guinea, the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Nadzab begins operating from Biak Island with F-7s; the 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, moves from Nadzab to Noemfoor with P-47s; and the 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from the Russells to Hollandia with B-25s.

TUESDAY, 8 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, B-25s are weathered out of their primary target, the town of Shwekyina; the B-25s hit alternates, destroying the Meza bridge and damaging 3 others, and bombing railroad tracks at several points between Naba and Meza; weather severely curtails fighter-bomber missions; and the detachment of the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, operating from Shingbwiyang with C-47s returns to base at Ledo.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 6 B-25s and 7 P-40s bomb a storage area in Hengshan and destroy several trucks in the area; 29 P-40s hit gun positions and targets of opportunity in the Hengyang vicinity; 14 P-51s and P-40s hit bridge, trucks, and river craft at Siangtan while 8 blast trucks, barges, and a compound between Siangtan and Hengyang; Twelve P-40s attack river shipping from Sinti to Hankow; 15 P-40s bomb storage areas and radio stations at Amoy and Swatow.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-25s bomb Guam where effective resistance ends. B-25s hit Ponape while B-24s bomb Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Yap and Gagil-Tomil Island, concentrating on airstrips, bomb Galela Airfield and Lolobata Airfield. B-24s hit Babo Airfield and the towns of Urarom and Manokwari; A-20s bomb a radio station near Hollandia and hit troop concentrations in the Musu area; fighter-bombers bomb bridges and buildings at Boram, troops at But, and guns at Dagua; and HQ 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group moves from Nadzab to Biak.

WEDNESDAY, 9 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Taungni-Sahmaw area; several others unsuccessfully attack a bridge N of Hopin and bomb the town of Tagwin. The 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Tenth Air Force, arrives at Madhaiganj from the US with P-61s (first mission is 21 Nov).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-25s bomb a compound and vehicle shed on the NE edge of Hengyang; 36 P-40s and P-51s attack trucks, gun positions, and buildings at several points in the Hengyang-Siangtan area; 21 P-51s and P-40s knock out a pontoon bridge and hit junks and sampans at Changsha, and attack rivercraft at points along the Central Yangtze River.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s blast AA positions in 3 different areas of Yap; other B-24s bomb at Boela Airfield and Liang Airfield. A-20s hit shipping facilities at Asap Island and bomb Nabire Airfield; fighters strafe the villages south of Manokwari; B-25s bomb forces on the north coast of Waigeo Island; A-20s and fighter-bombers hit troops at Dagua and near Haur and bomb stores at Cape Moem and machine guns at Cape Wom. HQ and 530th Bombardment Squadron move from Fenton to Darwin with B-24s.

THURSDAY, 10 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 4 B-25s on a shipping sweep spot 2 patrol boats 75 miles ESE of Shimushu Island, Kurile Islands; one is sunk, the other is damaged.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s bomb the town of Shwekyina; a few P-51s support ground forces by hitting a railroad station at Mingon.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 9 P-40s strafe Taiyuan Airfield claiming 20+ aircraft destroyed; 16 P-40s destroy 4 trucks and damage about 50 others at Siangtan and in the Changsha area; 2 P-40s strafe numerous junks along the S China coast.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Two missions are flown during the night of 10/11 Aug; in one, 24 B-29s, out of Chengtu, bomb the urban area of Nagasaki and 3 others hit targets of opportunity; the B-29s claim 1 fighter shot down, the first such claim (except probables) by the B-29s. In other missions, the first staged through China Bay, Ceylon, 31 B-29s bomb oil refineries at Palembang, 8 mine the Moesi River nearby, and 3 hit targets of opportunity and a secondary target; the first attack, from Ceylon to Sumatra, is the longest single-stage combat flight (about 3,900 miles or 6,276 km) by B-29s during the war.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s flying their first mission from Saipan pound Iwo Jima, beginning the AAF's neutralization campaign of that island. Saipan-based P-47s hit Tinian and Pagan. All organized resistance on Guam Island ends. B-24s from Kwajalein hit Wotje.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack Yap, concentrating on AA positions, airfields and the town of Yap; others hit Galela Airfield and Lolobata and Namlea Airfield. In New Guinea, B-25s bomb Langgoer Airfield; fighter-bombers attack Sorong, Manokwari, and villages along the W coast of Geelvink Bay; fighter-bombers continue to pound forces between Aitape and Wewak; large-scale troop carrier missions are flown to forward bases, especially on Schouten Islands; HQ Fifth Air Force moves from Nadzab to Owi; HQ 91st Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) moves from Nadzab to Biak Island; HQ 308th Bombardment Wing moves from Owi to Hollandia; and HQ 90th Bombardment Group and 319th and 320th Bombardment Squadrons move from Nadzab to Biak with B-24s.

FRIDAY, 11 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 B-25s bomb an encampment area and underground shelters at Kadu; 4 others abort because of bad weather; 6 P-40s attack a Japanese-occupied temple at Shwekyina and Japanese HQ at Bhamo.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 23 B-24s bomb Changsha, 16 B-25s pound Hengyang and 40+ P-51s and P-40s bomb bridges, villages, warehouses, trucks, troops, and other targets of opportunity in the Hengyang area; 26 P-40s attack targets of opportunity at or near Chuting, Puchou, and Yungfengshih.

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

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 312th BG A-20s hit shipping off Urarom and loose 3 A-20s shot down by anti-aircraft fire: A-20G "Hot Box" 43-9392, A-20G "Short Stuff" 43-9106 and A-20G "Florida Gator" 43-21379. They also hit Wandammen Bay and barges and a radar station along the coast of Geelvink Bay; A-20s pound Japanese HQ and bivouac areas S of Sawar, A-20s and B-25s bomb forces at Haur village while P-39s hit the Kairiru Island barge terminal, coastal guns at several points, and troops, supplies, and buildings from But to Rocky Point; the 2nd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Nadzab to Owi with B-24s; and the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Nadzab Airfield No. 1 and begins operating from Biak with F-5s.

SATURDAY, 12 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s and two F-7As over Paramushiru and Shimushu hit targets which include shipping in Higashi Banjo Strait and buildings and runway at Suribachi Airfield; enemy fighters give battle; the B-24s score 3 kills and 13 probables and damaged; six more B-25s fly an uneventful shipping sweep and take photos over Shimushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, about 20 fighter-bombers hit Shwekyina, damage a bridge near Manla, bomb railroad yards at Pinwe, strafe a river boat near Bhamo, and attack troops in the Myothit area; 24 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Taungni-Pinbaw area. The 427th Night Fighter Squadron, Tenth Air Force, arrives at Pomigliano, Italy with P-61s; the squadron will fly missions in the MTO for training before arriving in the CBI Theater.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Seven B-25s bomb the railroad yards at Hengyang; Nineteen P-51s and P-40s hit targets of opportunity in this area; Thirty-nine P-40s attack various targets of opportunity at Chiuchiang, Yungfengshih, Loyang, Siangtan, and Tengchung.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-24s hit shipping, seaplane base, and Susaki Airfield at Chichi Jima. B-25s pound Pagan while P-47s hit Rota. B-24s from the Marshall Islands bomb Truk Atoll while Makin based B-25s pound Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In New Guinea, long-range reconnaissance is greatly increased thanks to the strategic position of newly acquired Schouten Islands bases; B-24s pound the airfield at Babo while B-25s and P-39s hit Nabire Airfield; other P-39s attack defenses at Mansinam Island and shore concentrations along W Geelvink Bay; P-47s support ground operations in the area of Sansapor by bombing Dore; A-20s and P-47s hit forces and targets of opportunity in the Sarmi area and along the Metimedan River; A-20s and P-39s attack troops at Haur, coastal targets in cooperation with motor torpedo (PT) boats, and fuel dumps at Boram; and the 321st and 400th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 90th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Nadzab to Biak with B-24s. Destroyed on the ground during a Japanese air raid was P-38J Lightning 42-103992.

SUNDAY, 13 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s departing Shemya during the night of 12/13 Aug, one aborts while the other two bomb the Kashiwabara staging area; later 6 B-25s fly a shipping sweep east of the northern Kurils during which a fighter is downed. B-24D "Li'l Deicer" 41-11850 force lands on Ilak (crew rescued).

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20 fighter-bombers hit troops and supplies at Mankwi, Myothit, and Tali; 7 others knock out a bridge at Kyauktalon and damage another near Namkwin; 26 fighter-bombers attack the village of Pinwe and hit targets of opportunity near Mawlu and Pinbaw; 9 B-25s strike a bomb storage area at Pinwe considerably damaging the village.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 30+ B-25s bomb Tungling, Sinsiang, and Hengyang, Pailochi Airfield, shipping at Takao Harbor and nearby coastal areas; 3 cargo vessels are claimed sunk; 51 P-40s and P-51s attack trucks, bridges, railroad yards, troops, and other targets of opportunity in the Hengyang area; 18 P-40s and P-38s pound Tengchung; 50+ other P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s attack troops, bridges, railroad tracks, shipping, trucks, and other targets of opportunity at several locations including Lienhwa, Siangsiang, Sinshih, Puchou, Tungyangtun, Hengshan, Weichow Island, Luichow Peninsula, Tingka, Mangshih, Nanchang, Puchi, and along the Yunglo River.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Bad weather in the SWPA curtails operations. B-24s bomb bivouacs and supply dumps at Manokwari; bombers hit a Cape Wom storage area while P-39s cooperate with PT boats to hit Dagua personnel areas and Suain coastal positions; P-47s and P-39s hit Cape Wom, troops at Ulban, Matapau, and Suain, and support ground forces at Sarmi. Lost are B-25D "Hung Lo" 41-30084 and P-39Q 42-19933; C-47s complete nearly 90 transport missions to Owi and other forward bases.

MONDAY, 14 AUGUST 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, B-25s bomb Mohnyin and Indaw; 18 P-51s pound targets in the Myothit area; 46 other fighter-bombers hit various N Burma targets including Naba junction, the active area near Pinbaw, a building and targets of opportunity at Thaikwagon, a command post at Hopin, a motor pool at Nansiaung Forest, ammunition and other supplies in the Mohnyin area, and bridges S of Bhamo one of which is slightly damaged; and the 2d Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Dinjan to Shingbwiyang with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 B-25s blast Lungling while 16 P-40s hit a fortified pass and targets of opportunity to the S; 12 B-25s bomb the railroad yards at Siangtan; 31 P-40s and P-51s hit the railroad yards, river shipping, and general targets of opportunity at Hengyang; 13 P-40s attack Tengchung; 13 others hit trucks, troops, and rivercraft at Pailochi and Sinying and 4 bomb a bridge at Hsenwi.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): The Seventh Air Force is reorganized as a "mobile tactical airforce" retaining only units that will function in the combat area; the VII Bomber Command includes the 11th, 30th and 494th Bombardment Groups (Heavy), and the 41st Bombardment Group (Medium); the VII Fighter Command includes the 15th, 21st (in Hawaii) and 318th Fighter Groups and the 6th Night Fighter Squadron; the recently activated VII Air Service Area Command is composed of 4 service groups; and the 9th Troop Carrier and 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadrons assigned directly to HQ Seventh Air Force. Saipan-based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima and B-25s hit Pagan and P-47s hit Rota. B-25s hit Ponape and B-24s bomb Wotje. HQ VII Bomber Command moves from Kwajalein to Saipan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s and B-24s attack Ternate, AA positions, oil dumps, barracks, supply areas, and other targets throughout the Halmahera Islands. In New Guinea, B-24s pound the airfield at Babo while A-20s and fighter-bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft, blasting bivouac, and troops at Terabu, Kaiten, and Wewak Point; and the 33d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Nadzab to Owi with B-24s.

TUESDAY, 15 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ P-51s, P-47s, P-40s, and A-36s hit numerous north Burma targets including general targets of opportunity in the Bhamo area, a monastery at Pegu, troops E of Mawhun, Loiwing and Lashio Airfield and rail targets between Naba and Hopin; close support strikes are flown for ground forces in the Pinbaw and Naba areas; and supply dumps at Mainghka are bombed and 2 villages N of Kazu are hit and burned out.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb Kutkai, demolishing 2 large buildings and leaving 14 burning; 35 P-40s attack Tingka, Hsenwi, Lungling, and Tengchung; and nearly 100 P-40s and P-51s attack troops, horses, trucks, river shipping, artillery pieces, warehouses, and general targets of opportunity in or near Sungpai, Sinshih, Hengyang, Chaling, Leiyang, Sinyang, Siangtan, Hukow, and Changsha. In French Indochina, 4 P-40s hit coastal shipping at Hongay and Nam Dinh.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Lolobata Airfield on Halmahera Island and B-25s attack shipping in the Ternate Island area, setting a 1,200-ton vessel afire and damaging several luggers and barges; aircraft on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity in the Ceram Island area and Tanimbar. P-39s dive-bomb AA positions at Wewak Point; HQ V Bomber Command moves from Nadzab to Owi; HQ XIII Fighter Command moves from Guadalcanal to Sansapor; HQ 347th Fighter Group and 339th Fighter Squadron move from Stirling to Sansapor with P-38s; and the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group moves from the Russells to Middleburg with P-38s.

WEDNESDAY, 16 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, as the last Japanese resistance in India ceases, 16 B-25s bomb Indaw; 20 P-51s hit Lashio Airfield, and airfields at Nawnghkio, Shwebo, Anisakan, and Onbauk; 37 P-40s and P-51s hit strong points, pillboxes, and machinegun positions in the Pinbaw area; 19 P-47s and P-51s attack targets of opportunity at Katha, a bridge S of Bhamo, the town of Tagwin, railroad targets of opportunity between Naba and Hopin, an enemy-held monastery, and an ammunition dump at Pegu; and the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Barrackpore sends a detachment to operated from Tingkawk Sakan with F-5s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 18 B-25s bomb the Wanling area and warehouses while 12 hit the Chaling area and warehouses at Siangtan; 90 P-40s and P-51s hit bridges, fortified positions, troops, trucks, rivercraft, supplies, gun positions, and other targets of opportunity in the Hsenwi and Lungling areas and in the widespread area around Tunating Lake and the C
Yangtze River.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit Chichi Jima and Pagan. Marshall based B-24s bomb Truk Atoll.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Molucca Islands, B-24s and B-25s bomb Miti and Lolobata Airfields on Halmahera Island, warehouses and shipping facilities on Ternate, shipping in Wasile and Veda Bays, and Japanese positions on Tanimbar Is; and off Alor Island, Sunda Islands, B-25s sink small vessel. In New Guinea, bombers hit installations at Ajoe; A-20s support ground forces in the Maffin Bay area while P-39s hit troops and positions from Manokwari to Windissi and bomb Ransiki Airfield, Moemi Airfield and Waren Airfield. The 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based at Espiritu Santo begins operating from Los Negros with C-47s.

THURSDAY, 17 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 47 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Pinbaw area; 9 B-25s bomb Katha; 12 fighter-bombers pound the town areas of Nanyinbya and Bilumyo; and 12 other fighter-bombers attack artillery positions and storage areas in the Momauk area. As of this date, India is cleared of all Japanese forces.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 25 B-24s blast Yoyang; 18 B-25s bomb the railroad yards and storage area at Chiuchiang and four hit the road and Hengyang Airfield area and storage buildings at Nanyo; 100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on offensive reconnaissance attack town areas, bridges, hangars, supply dumps, railroad targets, and road and river traffic in E Burma, around Hsenwi, Tungling, and Tengchung, and throughout the Tungling Lake-C Yangtze River area, particularly in the Hengyang area. Eight P-40s attack shipping in the Haiphong area and between Dong Trieu and Ha Duong.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan Island bomb Iwo Jima. B-25s hit Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound airfields on Ambon and Ceram Islands and Boeroe Island in the Sunda Islands. B-25s strafe installations at Dili, Moloe Island and Kai Islands; and B-25s sink a transport vessel off Halmahera. In New Guinea, A-20s bomb Klamono oil fields while fighter-bombers hit gun positions, storage areas, and other targets at Ransiki and Manokwari and troop concentrations along the N shore of MacCluer Gulf; on Biak Island P-40s, supporting ground forces landing at Wardo, pound shore positions and troops inland as the enemy remnants on Biak Island break up into small groups; P-39s strafe troops from Cape Wom to the the Dandriwad River and near But, and hit gun positions at Marubian; HQ 5th Bombardment Group moves from Los Negros to Wakde; HQ 22d Bombardment Group moves from Nadzab to Owi; and the 68th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, moves from Torokina to Middleburg with P-38s.

FRIDAY, 18 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 P-47s and P-51s knock out a road bridge, attack town areas, and hit general targets of opportunity in the Bhamo area; 4 P-47s knock out both approaches to a bridge in Hsenwi; a troop concentration in Moda is pounded by 15 P-47s and P-51s and an A-36; 39 P-47s, P-40s and P-51s closely support ground forces in various Pinbaw area sectors; Eight P-47s sweep Lashio Airfield, strafing several targets of opportunity.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb storage areas at Mangshih; 6 pound a storage area at Changsha; 60+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance attack troops, town areas, bridges, and other targets of opportunity in E Burma; Lashio; the Tengchung, Lungling, and Mangshih areas; and in the Tungting Lake-C Yangtze River area at points including Yoyang, Chaling, Yuhsien, Hengshan, Chuchou, and Hsuchang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan Island bomb and strafe Pagan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Armed reconnaissance missions continue over wide stretches of the SWPA including Ambon-Ceram, Palau Islands, and Halmahera Islands; several targets of opportunity are attacked. In New Guinea, fighter-bombers and A-20s pound troops and a storage area at Suain and hit defensive lines near Sarmi. The detachment of the 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, operating from Los Negros with P-61s, returns to base on Guadalcanal. Lost is F-5 44-23227.

IJN: Taiyo is sunk by a torpedo fired by USS Rasher.

SATURDAY, 19 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Aleutians, a weather sortie and a 4-plane shipping sweep are flown with negative results.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 P-47s support ground forces SW of Thaikwagon; and 4 others strafe trucks carrying troops between Bhamo and Myothit.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 25 B-24s bomb Puchi, severely damaging the warehouse area; 11 B-25s hit Sienning; 3 hit railroad tracks and runway N of Hengyang; and 70+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack river shipping, troops, trucks, and other targets of opportunity at or near Pengtse, Hengyang, Chaling, Yoyang, Siangtan, and Changsha.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s bomb installations on Anatahan, Mariana Islands and drop fire-bombs on Tinian to aid ground forces in mopping-up operations.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Weather restricts operations. In New Guinea, P-40s bomb the port of Napido; P-39s bomb and strafe coastal positions along the W shore of Geelvink Bay; A-20s operating in force in support of ground troops pound targets in the Sawar-Sarmi sector; P-39s support ground forces in Wewak area; HQ 86th Fighter Wing moves from Toem to Sansapor; and the 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Momote to Wakde with B-24s.

SUNDAY, 20 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Aleutians, 4 B-25s fly a negative shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 P-47s and P-51s fly close support strikes for ground forces immediately S of Thaikwagon; four P-51s hit targets of opportunity at Myintha and Aledaw; and the detachment of the 88th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, operating from Myitkyina with P-47s returns to base at Shingbwiyang.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-25s and 7 P-40s damage buildings and a pontoon bridge and strafe about 30 sampans in the Hengyang area; 13 P-40s hit buildings, trucks, and river shipping in the Hengshan area; and 60+ P-40s and P-51s attack numerous trucks, rivercraft, and general targets of opportunity at Tingka, Anjen, Yangtien, S of Yoyang, between Hankow and Chinchiang, and between Sinshih and Changsha.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 61 Chengtu based B-29s bomb the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata during the day, followed by 10 more during the night of 20/21 Aug, 5 hitting targets other than the primary. Intercepted by 87 JAAF fighters. In addition to the twin-engine fighters of the 4th FR, these included Ki-84s of the 16th Flying Brigade (51st and 52nd FRs), Ki 61s of the 59th FR and a few (Ki-43s fighters of the 48th FR. The Japanese navy was represented by 33 Zero fighters and four Gekko night fighters from 352nd Kokutai. Japanese army fighters claimed 12 sure victories for two fighters lost. Navy fighters claimed four including two by Lt (j.g.) Sachio Endo whose Gekko went down in a crash landing with Endo surviving. B-29 claimed 15 Japanese fighters destroyed. Fourteen B-29s are lost, including 1 to AA and 4 to enemy aircraft (1 by air-to-air bombing and two from a single ramming by a Ki-45 piloted by Sgt Nobe); B-29 gunners claim 17 air victories. Lost are: B-29 "Gertrude C" 42-6368, B-29 "Calamity Sue" 42-6368, B-29 42-24474, B-29 "Praying Mantis" 42-6286 , B-29 "O'Reily's Daughters" 42-6264.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-24s hit Yap for the first time. A B-24 bombs Alamagan Island, Mariana Islands while P-47s pound Pagan Island. Marshall Islands-based B-24s bomb Truk Atoll.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Namlea and Namlea Airfield and others pound personnel areas and warehouses at Tobelo, Halmahara Island. In New Guinea, B-25s bomb Langgoer Airfield; P-39s hit Windissi and enemy shipping off Manokwari while P-40s pound gun positions, buildings and stores at Manokwari; other P-40s support ground forces by hitting troop concentrations at Napido; A-20s and fighter-bombers hit a personnel center near Marubian, supplies at Wom, and numerous targets during coastal sweeps in the Wewak general area; and the 23d and 31st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Momote Airfield to Wakde Island with B-24s. The 528th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 380th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Fenton to Darwin with B-24s.

USN: Lost is PV-1 49507.

MONDAY, 21 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25s knock out and damage 3 river bridges in the Mu area and at Hsipaw, 36 P-51s support ground forces near Pinlon, Ingyingon, and Nansankyin; and 8 P-51s bomb a storage area at Chyahkan. HQ 1st Combat Cargo Group and the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron arrive at Sylhet, India from the US with C-47s (first mission is 10 Sep).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 8 B-25s bomb Anjen and targets of opportunity in the surrounding area; 7 others attack Hengyang Airfield, the town of Nanyo, and several buildings and other targets of opportunity near Yangtien; 90+ fighter-bombers hit town areas, river and road traffic, and other targets of opportunity at Pengtse, Kinhwa, Tenchung, Anjen, Hengyang, and Yangtsishih; S of Sintsaing, N of Tungting Lake, between Hankow and Sinti, and in the Changsha area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit Yap, P-47s bomb Pagan, and Makin based B-25s hit Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the Molucca Islands, B-24s blast supply dumps and AA guns on the Wasile Bay coast; B-25s hit Kaoe Airfield and town on Halmahera Island and villages and supply areas on Karakelong Island. Fighter-bombers blast warehouses and other targets in the Manokwari area; A-20s and fighter-bombers hit supply dumps in the Sawar-Sarmi sector and attack troops along the coast, particularly from Babiang to Luain. The 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, moves from Guadalcanal to Middelburg with P-61s (a detachment is operating from Noemfoor).

TUESDAY, 22 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): P-51s and P-47s fly 53 sorties against Tengchung, China in support of attacking Chinese forces. In Burma, 28 P-47s attack buildings, supply dumps, troops, and gun positions near Ingyingon, Nansankyin, and Pinlon; 8 P-47s strafe targets of opportunity between Tingka, China and Bhamo; 2 rocket-firing P-51s seriously damage several buildings at Aledaw; and 9 B-25s bomb Hopin.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 11 P-40s and P-38s hit bridges and road targets around Tingka, Mangshih, Loiwing, and Pangpying; and 6 others attack a landing strip and river traffic at an island near Foochow.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-24s bomb airfields on Yap and Pagan; P-47s also pound the airfield on Pagan and AA emplacements. Kwajalein-based B-24s hit Mille Atoll.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers continue to blast supply and personnel targets in Manokwari and the surrounding areas; fighter-bombers again hit N coastal areas, including shipping facilities at Wewak, barge terminal on Mushu, and trains and troop positions at various coastal points; and the 370th, 371st, 372d and 424th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Los Negros to Wakde with B-24s.

WEDNESDAY, 23 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 32 P-47s support British advances down the railroad in the Pinbaw area hitting gun positions, troops, and HQ buildings, immediately N of Pinbaw, and along Nansonti Creek; and 6 P-47s pound Onsansaing, and 8 P-51s bomb an encampment near Kadu. In China, 4 P-51s hit Lungling and Mangshih; 5 others attack guns, fuel dump, and other targets of opportunity along the Burma Road from Wanling to Lungling while 7 more hit buildings and vehicles during sweeps of the general Mangshih-Chefang area; and 12 P-51s hit targets of opportunity SW of Lungling and 2 P-40s strafe trucks at Chefang.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 7 B-25s and 21 fighter-bombers attack villages, compounds, other targets of opportunity near Hengyang, Lingyang, and Anjen; 40+ fighter-bombers hit villages, shipping, troops, supplies, and other targets of opportunity around Ichang, Yangtien, Siangtan, and Yiyang, and S of Sungpai and Siangyin; and the 529th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, moves from Dinjan to Pungchacheng with P-51s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Yap and Iwo Jima while P-47s hit Pagan and Aguijan Islands, Mariana Islands. B-25s attack Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound the Galela area; in New Guinea, B-24s hit Langgoer Airfield and Saumlakki; fighter-bombers hit Nabire Airfield, Moemi Airfield and Urarom Airfield, the village of Moari, and town of Manokwari; B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers continue to attack barge hideouts, troops, villages, and general targets of opportunity around Wewak; HQ 18th Fighter Group and it's 12th and 70 Fighter Squadrons move from Guadalcanal and New Georgia (70th FS) to Sansapor with P-38s; and the 69th and 390th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), move from Stirling to Hollandia with B-25s.

RAAF - Shot down near Babo is P-40N A29-568.

THURSDAY, 24 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s bomb Kangon; 3 P-47 flights support British troops NE of Pinbaw, hitting forces and gun emplacements near Namyin Te and Nansankyin; 4 P-47s bomb Nankan; and 4 P-51s strafe vehicles along the Shweli River and bomb a storage area S of Hopin.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, town areas, river and road traffic, railroad targets, and other targets of opportunity in or near Hengyang, Chuchou, Siangtan, and Yangtien are attacked by 8 B-25s and 25 P-40s; 19 other P-40s hit similar targets of opportunity at Yungeheng, Anjen, along the C Yangtze River, and S of Mangshih; and the 528th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, moves from Tingkawk Sakan to Shwangliu with P-51s.

AAF, POA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s pound Aguijan and Pagan. Marshall based B-24s bomb Truk while B-25s hit Nauru.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): The advanced air echelon of Brigadier General Emmett O'Donnell Jr's HQ 73d Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) arrives in the Mariana Islands with B-29s, the first Twentieth AF contingent to arrive; the ground echelon arrives by water on 16 Sep

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Shipping in Lembeh Strait, Celebes Island, is attacked by B-25s, while B-24s bomb Lolobata Airfield on Halmahera. HQ 307th Bombardment Group moves from Los Negros to Wakde; the 100th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), Thirteenth Air Force [attached to 42d Bombardment Group], moves from Stirling to Sansapor but continues operating from Hollandia with B-25; and the 340th and 341st Fighter Squadrons, 348th Fighter Group, move from Wakde to Noemfoor with P-47s.

RAAF - Lost is P-40N Kittyhawk A29-631 (MIA) and Beaufort A9-390.

FRIDAY, 25 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): One B-24 flies reconnaissance over Shasukotan, Onnekotan, and Harumukotan but drops no bombs due to accurate AA fire.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s bomb Kondangyi; 4 P-47s knock out a bridge S of Bhamo and hit several targets of opportunity in the area; 2 P-51s bomb a probable factory at Hopin; 6 flights of P-51s attack buildings and targets of opportunity at Pinlon and Kyagyigon; 32 other P-51s support ground forces at Ingyingon and along the Hsai-hkao and Namsang River; and the detachment of the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, ceases operating from Myitkyina with P-40 and returns to base at Kisselbari, India (the squadron is operating from Tingkawk Sakan).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 3 B-24s bomb Kowloon docks in Hong Kong; 3 B-25s and 12 P-40s hit buildings, troop compounds, and general targets of opportunity in the Yangtien area; 4 B-25s and 21 P-40s attack similar targets in and around Anjen; 2 B-25s bomb the fighter strip at Leiyang and 2 others hit the town of Nanyo; 40 P-51s and P-40s attack a wide variety of targets of opportunity throughout the Hengyang, Siangyin, Siangtan, and Siangsiang areas, Chenghsien, Lishui, Samshui, Chiangmen, Luichow Peninsula, and the Red River delta.

AAF, POA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit the airfield on Iwo Jima while P-47s blast AA positions and troops on Pagan. A B-24 bombs Yap. B-25s bomb Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s strike Koror and Malakal; B-24s pound Lolobata; B-25s on a shipping sweep over Lembeh Strait, Celebes Island claim a merchant ship sunk and hit several small vessels. In the Lesser Sunda Islands a few B-25s on a shipping sweep attack several small vessels. In New Guinea, A-20s and fighter-bombers hit Babo Airfield, Sagan, and Otawiri; P-39s strafe troops near But; the 394th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Momote Airfield to Wakde Island; and the 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Nadzab to Biak Island with B-25s. Lost is P-47D 42-75883.

SATURDAY, 26 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s hit the Kashiwabara staging area during the early morning, starting several fires; later 6 B-25s strafe and bomb the E coast of the N Kurile Islands, sinking a patrol boat; 1 out of 4 interceptors and one of the B-25s are hit; 7 more B-24s bomb targets on Kashiwabara and on Otomari Cape, including docks, piers, boats, and a fuel dump. Six P-38s unsuccessfully attempt to intercept four unidentified aircraft west of Attu.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The 490th Bombardment Squadron, 341st Bombardment Group, moves from Kurmitola to Dergaon with B-25s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-24s bomb a storage area at Amoy; 3 B-25s bomb a barracks area near Wenchow harbor and damage a bridge near Sincheng; 31 fighter-bombers attack railroad targets, troops, sampans, and other targets of opportunity in or near Yangtien, Yungfengshih, Siangsiang, Anjen, Laiyuan, Kinhwa, and Pengtse.

AAF, POA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan Island-based B-24s bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima. P-47s blast AA guns and troops on Pagan and Aguijan. A B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Woleai and Yap.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Koror and Peleliu Airfield. Other B-24s bomb Haroekoe Airfield and Liang Airfield on Ambon. In New Guinea, A-20s in close ground support hit troop concentrations in the Sarmi sector; fighter-bombers hit targets of opportunity in the Wewak and Suain areas; P-39s maintain patrols over the W shore of Geelvink Bay; HQ 348th Fighter Group moves from Wakde to Noemfoor; the 6th and 21st Troop Carrier Squadrons, 374th Troop Carrier Group, move from Garbutt Field and Archerfield, respectively to Nadzab with C-47s; and the 823d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Nadzab to Biak Island with B-25s. Lost is B-24J 44-40596 (MIA).

SUNDAY, 27 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 5 B-24s bomb and photograph Kashiwabara, Parmushiru Island in 2 raids; and 4 B-25s on a shipping sweep E of the N Kurile Islands bomb and strafe picket boats damaging 1 and leaving another sinking.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 23 P-47s support ground forces in the Pinbaw area, hitting Kondangyi and troops and strongpoints near Pinbaw; and the 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, moves from Moran to Tingkawk Sakan with P-47s. In India, the 2d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, arrives at Sylhet from the US with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, seven B-25s bomb Hengyang, Tien Ho Airfield, White Cloud, and Pailochi Airfield; Nine B-25s hit road and river traffic in the Yoyang, Hankow, Changsha, and Hengyang areas; 120+ P-40s and P-51s hit targets of opportunity in the above areas plus Yangtien, Chachiang, Anjen, Leiyang, Sintsiang, Siangsiang, and Siangtan, damaging or destroying numerous trucks, many rivercraft and hitting several troop concentrations.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): A Saipan based B-24 bombs Iwo Jima while another, after photo reconnaissance of Woleai Atoll, bombs Yap. P-47s bomb AA positions on Pagan and strafe buildings on Alamagan Island.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers hit Miti and airfields at Babo, Ransiki, Sagan, and Manokwari. Fighter-bombers hit bivouacs near Boram, troops between Abau and Boikin, and a fuel dump and barges at Kairiru Island; and the 75th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Stirling to Hollandia with B-25s.

MONDAY, 28 AUGUST 1944
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Brigadier General Haywood S Hansell, Jr. assumes command of the XXI Bomber Command at Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Brigadier General Lauris Norstad succeeds Hansell as Chief of Staff of the Twentieth Air Force.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 P-47s bomb a tank pool at Momauk, while 5 others hit Myintha; and 2 P-47s support ground forces in the Pinbaw area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, eight B-25s bomb Tien Ho Airfield, White Cloud, Hankow, and Pailochi Airfields; eight more attack river and road traffic from Chiuchiang to Hankow and from Hengyang to Puchi; 32 P-40s pound targets of opportunity at Hengyang and Pailochi; 23 P-40s attack Taying storage buildings and 10 P-40s and P-51s hit Anjen and nearby targets of opportunity; and HQ 311th Fighter Group moves from Tingkawk Sakan to Pungchacheng.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-24s pound Iwo Jima by day and night. P-47s hit Pagan and Maug. A B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap. B-25s strike Ponape; B-24s hit Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s hit Koror Airfield and Arakabesan Seaplane Base. Lost is B-24J 44-40603. A-20s and fighter-bombers attack small vessels along the E coast of Ceram. Fighter-bombers hit Kokas, vessels off Point Karakra, barracks at Nabire, storage facilities at Moemi and Manokwari and Boram fuel dumps.

TUESDAY, 29 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-25s attack targets in Katha and hit 2 bridges just N of the town area; 8 P-51s attack Bilumyo; 5 P-47s destroy a road bridge at Mainghka and 5 others hit buildings in Bhamo; and HQ 80th Fighter Group moves from Nagaghuli to Tingkawk Sakan.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 B-24s escorted by 45 fighters, blast railroad yards at Yoyang; 15 B-25s bomb Pailochi Airfield, White Cloud, Tien Ho, and Hankow Airfield; Ten others hit trucks and other targets of opportunity from Hengyang to Yoyang, from Hankow to Chinchiang, and near Anjen; 18 P-40s hit a storage area and targets of opportunity around Tangyang; 17 attack trucks and buildings from Siangtan to Changsha; 14 P-40s claim 8 fighters downed over Shayang; 22 others attack trucks, supplies, and troops at Wuhu, Ichang, S of Isuho, SW of Lungling, and N of Hengshan; and the 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), based at Yankai, sends a detachment to operate from Liuchow with B-25s.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Major General Curtis Emerson LeMay becomes Commanding General XX Bomber Command with HQ at Kharagpur.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan Island-based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima and Pagan during the evening. P-47s strafe AA positions on Pagan while a B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap. B-25s bomb Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Koror, Malakal and Arakabesan Seaplane Base and a supply area north of Ingesebus Airfield. B-24s bomb barracks at Amboina and P-38s hit Halong Seaplane Base. The 22d Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Garbutt Field to Finschhafen with C-47s; and the 868th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), Thirteenth Air Force, moves from Los Negros to Noemfoor with B-24s (the squadron uses airborne radar for low-level attacks at night and PFF operations).

WEDNESDAY, 30 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Several P-47s bomb and strafe the town of Man Sai, Burma. The 3d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, arrives at Sylhet, India from the US with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s attack Hengyang Airfield, Pailochi Airfield, and Hankow Airfield, roads in the Nanyo and Changsha areas, and boats between Changsha and Hengyang, and Kichun and Wuhsueh; in the Kweiyi and Sintsiang areas 33 P-40s claim 58 trucks destroyed, 175 damaged, and at least 100 Japanese killed; 10 P-51s hit scattered targets of opportunity in the same areas; 21 P-40s hit barracks, trucks, and a bridge in the Siangsiang and Siangtan region; and 34 P-40s and P-51s attack a variety of targets, including railroad traffic and facilities, occupied areas, and trucks, at Yangtien, between Hengshan and Nanyo, NE of Ichang, SW Hengshan, and near Hengyang.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): A B-24 on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bombs Yap. P-47s strafe positions and storage areas on Pagan. Kwajaleinbased B-24s hit Mille Atoll.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Koror and Malakal. B-24s hit Wasile Bay storage and personnel reas in the Moluccas Islands while B-25s make a low-level attack on Kaoe town. P-38s bomb oil tanks, barracks, and AA positions at Boela. P-47s hit Urarom runway and Manokwari storage area, P-38s bomb airfields at Babo and Ransiki, and P-39s hit targets of opportunity along the west coast of Geelvink Bay; HQ 58th Fighter Group moves from Saidor to Noemfoor; and HQ 403d Troop Carrier Group moves from Espiritu Santo to Los Negros. Lost is B-25C "El Aguila" 41-12515.

RAAF - Lost after a strike on Babo Airfield is P-40N A29-610.

THURSDAY, 31 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25s bomb targets of opportunity at Katha and 3 hit bridges at Bawgyo and Hsenwi.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 B-24s bomb Takao Harbor, damaging the dock area and claiming 2 tankers sunk. Lost are: B-24J 44-40783 and B-24J 44-40831; Fourteen B-25s attack Tien Ho, White Cloud, Kai Tek, and Hengyang Airfield; 8 B-25s attack numerous trucks S of Sintsiang and near Sinshih, hit roads S of Nanyo and damage a freighter near Sinshih; and 60+ fighter-bombers attack trucks, barracks, supplies, rivercraft, bridges and troops in or near Sinshih, Changsha, Yangtien, Hengyang, Nanyo, Siangtan, Teian, and Shihhweiyao.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s strafe gun positions at the airfield on Pagan. Yap and Pagan are bombed by single B-24s.

USMC - Shot down by anti aircraft fire is F4U Corsair 56261.

 

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