t Kawnghka and Namhpakka; another B-25 hits an alternate target in Indaw; and twenty-four B-24s haul fuel Pacific Wrecks - September 1944
 
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September 1944
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FRIDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 1944

SATURDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1944

SUNDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 1944

MONDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1944

TUESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 1944

WEDNESDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 1944

THURSDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 1944

FRIDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 1944

SATURDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1944

SUNDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 1944

MONDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 1944

TUESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 1944

WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-47s hit targets at Mawhun and some of the fighter-bombers afterwards strafe targets of opportunity on the Irrawaddy River from Katha to Shwegu; 8 others sweep the river between Bhamo and Katha; 12 more hit targets along a road in the Kutkai area; large-scale
transport operations in the CBI continue.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): B-24s claim 3 cargo vessels sunk off the Pescadores s near Formosa.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s hit buildings on Pagan with rockets and machine gun fire. B-24s on armed reconnaissance, snooper, and training missions bomb Iwo Jima, Marcus and Pagan

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and B-25s hit four airfields and bomb villages on Morotai. B-25s hit Langgoer Airfield while A-20s and fighter-bombers hit the two airfields on Efman; A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers hit Babo AA positions and airfields at Manokwari and Ransiki; HQ Thirteenth AF moves from Los Negros to Hollandia.

USN - Lost is TBM Avenger 16956 (MIA) on a mission against Peleliu.

USMC: F4U Corsair piloted by Charles A. Lindbergh armed with a 2,000 pound bomb and two 1,000 pound bombs and dropped all bombs during a dive from 8,000' against a gun position on Wotje Island, this was the largest bomb load ever dropped by a fighter aircraft.

THURSDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): During the night of 13/14 Sep three B-24s strike Kurabu Cape Airfield on Paramushiru and shipping offshore.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s drop fragmentation- boobytrap bombs on Bhamo; large-scale C-47 operations continue to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 6 B-25s bomb Tunganhsien; 91 P-40s and P-51s attack inland shipping, troop compounds, supplies, and numerous buildings around the Lungling area, throughout the vast expanse of inland SE China, mainly in Hunan, and other areas S of Tungting Lake; HQ 23d Fighter Group moves from Liuchow to Luliang; the air echelon of the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force (attached to 23d Fighter Group), moves from Kweilin to Liuchow with P-51s (ground echelon is at Chengkung; and the 373d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Yangkai to Luliang with B-24s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. P-47s make strafing and rocket attacks on warehouses and shelters on Pagan. B-24s on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus; others from Eniwetok bomb Truk while B-25s hit Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s pound Mapanget Airfield and the Menado area. B-24s hit 4 airfields on Halmahera . In New Guinea, A-20s and B-25s bomb Babo Airfield while fighter-bombers make scattered small raids on AA positions, airfields, and targets of opportunity on the Vogelkop Peninsula; the 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Hollandia to Sansapor; and the 100th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), Thirteenth Air Force [attached to 42d Bombardment Group (Medium)], ceases operating from Hollandia with B-25s and returns to base at Sansapor. Lost on a flight from Townsville to Port Moresby is C-47A "Hell's Bells" 42-23959.

RNZAF: Lost is F4U NZ5236 (MIA) over Wide Bay.

FRIDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1944

SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s bomb Kataoka naval base on Shimushu; Four B-25s abort a shipping sweep due to weather and mechanical difficulties.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Nineteen B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow Airfield. In spite of bad weather in Burma, 4 P-47s sweep the Lungling, China-Wanling- Loiwing road and 5 damage a bridge approach at Manyut. A detachment of the 3d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, based at Sylhet, India, begins operating from Yunnani with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 20 B-24s bomb Hengyang; 12 B-25s bomb Kutkai; 28 B-25s hit targets in China, including the Yuangshaho ferry, Pakmushih, Chuanhsien, and Lengshuitang; 130+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity in the Mangshih and Lungling area and from N of Tangyang and along the Yangtze River southward including areas around Changsha, Kiyang, Samshui, Chuanhsien, Lingling, and Kwongning; flights of the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Kunming, begin operating from Nanning and Yunnani with F-5s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 17 Saipan based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima; three others on training and armed reconnaissance missions bomb Pagan and Marcus. P-47s pound enemy positions on Pagan. B-24s bomb Emidj. The 548th Night Fighter Squadron, 7th Fighter Wing, arrives at Hickam Field from the US with P-61s and begins flying patrols over the Pacific.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Kendari air depot and Ambesia Airfield while B-25s attack a large warehouse at Gorontalo and B-24s and B-25s hit Kairatoe and Kamarian. B-25s and B-24s pound Namlea, Liang, Haroekoe, and Laha. Fighter-bombers hit Manokwari Airfield, Sagan Airfield, Moemi Airfield, and Waren Airfield; HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) moves from Hollandia to Sansapor; the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Henderson Field to Biak with C-47s; and the 418th Night Fighter Squadron, 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium), moves from Hollandia to Owi, with P-61s.

USMC: Lost is PBJ 35086.

USN: F6F Hellcat 58043 crashes strafing Galea

RAF: Grounded due to a storm at Diego Garcia is PBY Catalina VA718.

SUNDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s abort a mission to Suribachi due to weather. Four B-25s fly an unsuccessful shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-47s bomb Katha, 8 hit Momauk and Wanling, and eight others attack Bhamo; six B-25s hit Mangshih while three B-25 bomb Indaw; Sixteen B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow; C-47s fly 200+ sorties delivering personnel and supplies to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 29 B-24s bomb Changsha; 27 B-25s hit Hwangshapu, Kiyang, and Nanyo; 130+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack town areas, strongpoints, shipping, railway targets, gun positions, trucks, and other targets of opportunity from NE of Ichang southward through Hunan Province and beyond; areas hit include Changsha, Kiyang, Lingling, Chuanhsien, Siangtan, Hengshan, Kweiyang, and Lingkuantien, plus scattered targets of opportunity elsewhere; the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, moves from Kunming to Chanyi with F-5s (flights are operating from Nanning and Yunnani).

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): A B-24 on a snooper mission from Saipan bombs Iwo Jima; armed reconnaissance over Marcus is unsuccessful due to bad weather. B-25s pound Nauru.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Ground echelon of HQ 497th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and the 869th, 870th and 871st Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy), arrive at Isley Field from the US (first mission is 28 Oct).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Buayoan Airfield on Mindanao. B-24s, B-25s, and P-38s hit Langoan Airfield. B-25s and P-39s, fighting bad weather, attack a variety of targets, including airfields and villages in Ambon-Ceram area. In New Guinea, P-47s and P-40s pound Samate Airfield.

USMC: Lost is F4U 56045 (KIA) on a strike against Rabaul.

MONDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 P-47s pound Japanese positions in the Myothit area; 8 B-25s hit supply dumps and installations at Chefang, China; Eighteen B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow; and 200+ other sorties by C-47s deliver men and supplies to several points in the CBI. The detachment of the 2d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, operating from Yunnani with C-47s returns to base at Sylhet, India.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 30 B-25s attack town areas and fuel dumps at Lingling, Taohsien, and Chuanhsien and damage the approaches to the Lingling ferry crossing; 4 B-24s over the Formosa Strait claim 1 freighter sunk; about 115 P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack troops, trucks, tanks, shipping, town areas, and other targets of opportunity throughout Hunan Province S of Tungting Lake to Luicbow Peninsula and Chikhorn Bay; and the 529th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, based at Pungchacheng with P-51s, sends a detachment to operate from Hsian.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Two B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Marcus. Twenty-eight Eniwetok based B-24s bomb Truk. B-25s pound Ponape.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 499th and 500th Bombardment Groups (Very Heavy) arrive at Isley Field from the US; and the 3d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Heavy), 11th Photographic Group (Mapping), arrives on Saipan from the US with F-13s (the squadron will fly photo, electronic and weather recon in the W Pacific, 1 Nov 44-Sep 45).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s blast several targets in the Davao, Mindanao area, including oil storage at Sasa. B-25s hit Langoan Airfield and lake area. Bad weather forces B-24s over the Ceram-Ambon area to individually attack targets which include four airfields. B-25s hit Samate Airfield and fighter-bombers hit the airfield and town of Manokwari and Manokwari Airfield and AA guns at Moemi; HQ 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium) moves from Hollandia to Morotai; and the 371st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based on Wakde with B-24s begins operating from Noemfoor. Written off after a take off accident is A-20G "Je Reviens" 43-9458.

RAAF: Crashed is Beaufighter A19-163 (crew KIA).

TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-25s fly a shipping sweep over Tomari Cape; and four B-24s off to strike Kurabu Cape turn back due to weather and mechanical failures.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Eighteen B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow and Chengkuing. C-47s transports fly 100+ sorties carrying men and supplies to several CBI locations.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 28 B-25s bomb Lingling, Lengsbuitang, Chuanhsien, Sinning, and Shanhsien; 150+ P-40s and P-51s pound numerous targets of opportunity during armed reconnaissance flights from the Tungting Lake-C Yangtze River area to the South China Sea; and the fighter-bombers particularly concentrate on road transport in the Changsha area and supply dumps, buildings, and trucks near Sintsiang.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 29 Saipan based B-24s blast shipping at Chichi Jima. 24 P-47s bomb and strafe AA positions and storage areas on Pagan. Three B-24s on snooper and armed reconnaissance missions bomb Iwo Jima and Marcus.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Ground echelons of the 881st, 882d and 883d Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy), 500th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), arrive at Isley Field from the US (first mission is 11 Nov).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Striking all principal targets in NE Celebes, B-24s, B-25s, and P-38s hit the Amoerang port area, Menado fuel tanks and shipping personnel areas and AA guns at Mapanget and Sidate, bivouac, supply areas, and lookout towers along Lembeh Strait, Langoan Airfield, and Kakas rest camp. In New Guinea, HQ 8th Fighter Group and the 36th Fighter Squadron move from Owi, to Morotai with P-38s; and HQ 347th Fighter Group and the 339th Fighter Squadron move from Sansapor to Middleburg with P-38s. Ditched is B-24D "Doodle Jr. 41-30164 (crew rescued)

WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, P-47s hit the Kadu rail siding, Nyaungbintha, Indaw, and troops at Hkaungtung; three B-25s weathered out of the Bhamo area hit alternates at Indaw; C-47s continue large-scale operations to several points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 27 B-25s bomb Lingling, Chuanhsien, and Kiyang and hit targets of opportunity throughout the Chuanhsien area; 100+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance over wide areas of SE China attack troops, horses, trucks, shipping, and other targets of opportunity, particularly concentrating on areas around Chuanhsien, Lingling, Kiyang, Changsha, and Yiyang.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan bomb and strafe gun positions on Pagan. A lone B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Marcus. B-24s hit Jaluit while Makin based B-25s pound Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Despite poor weather over Celebes, the Menado area is again attacked and B-24s hit Mapanget Airfield and Sidate Airfield and supply dumps and other targets of opportunity. B-24s hit Djailolo and A-20s and P-47s during the night of 19/20 Sep strike Kaoe Airfields. B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers, striking during the night of 19/20 Sep and during the day, pound Amahai Airfield, Namlea Airfield, Liang Airfield, Lautem Town and several targets of opportunity. During the night of 20/21 Sep a few B-24s again hit the Menado and Sidate area. Fighter-bombers hit AA guns and targets of opportunity at Moemi and Ransiki Airfield and hit a supply dump further E along the Orai River; the 75th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Hollandia to Sansapor with B-25s; the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Owi, to Morotai with P-38s; the 370th and 372d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based on Wakde with B-24s, begin operating from Noemfoor.

THURSDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, seven B-25s hit Man Mawn and one other bombs Indaw; Twenty-one B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow. 170+ other transport sorties are flown to various terminal points in CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 27 B-25s pound Kiyang, Yungming, Lingling and areas to the N, and the area W of Chuanhsien; 100+ P-40s and P-51s attack buildings, river shipping, troops, horses, and supplies at numerous points especially around Sinshih, Kiyang, Wuchou, and Isuho.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 5 B-24s on armed reconnaissance and training missions from Saipan bomb Marcus and Pagan. B-25s strike Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack Ambon and Kairatoe Airfield and shipping in Piroe Bay. On Celebes, P-38s and B-25s hit Menado, Tomohon, the Kakas rest camp, small craft near Belang, Kairatoe Airfield, and Namlea Airfield and a barge off Kaoe Point, Halmahera. Fighter-bombers hit Windissi and Ransiki and strafe targets of opportunity near the Orai River; during the night of 21/22 Sep fighter-bombers hit the Geelvink Bay-Bentoni Bay area; the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Espiritu Santo to Biak with C-47s (squadron is operating from Los Negros); the detachment of the 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, operating from Wakde with P-38s and P-61s, returns to base at Nadzab. Ditched is B-25 Mitchell near Port Douglas.


FRIDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Thirteen B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow; C-47s fly 170+ sorties to various points in the CBI. The detachment of the 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, 8th Photogrpahic Reconnaissance Group, moves from Liuchow to Chanyi with F-7s (the squadron is based at Guskhara).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twenty-four B-24s pound Hankow; 12 B-25s and 7 P-51s hit the Hengyang road junction and ferry; 7 B-25s bomb Kianghwa while 6 P-51s damage a nearby bridge; 5 B-25s hit Yungming; 44 P-40s and P-51s blast targets of opportunity along roads in the Changsha, Siangtaii, and Sintsiang areas. 50+ other P-40s and P-51s hit various targets of opportunity around Chuanhsien, Paoching, Lingling, Hankow, and Kiyang.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 15 Saipan based B-24s strike shipping at Chichi Jima. 24 P-47s strafe Pagan and bomb Anatahan. 3 B-24s on a snooper mission and armed reconnaissance flight bomb Iwo Jima and Marcus. 15 B-25s, flying out of Makin bomb Nauru.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Ground echelons of the 877th, 878th and 879th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy), 499th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), arrive at Isley Field (first mission is 24 Nov).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound Sidate and Mapanget. B-24s and B-25s bomb Amahai and Liang and Haroekoe Airfield. In New Guinea, A-20s pound Urarom Airfield while fighter-bombers hit Idorra, Windissi, Moemi, and Kaimana; HQ 5th Bombardment Group moves from Wakde to Noemfoor; the 342d Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, moves from Wakde Airfield to Noemfoor with P-47s.

RAAF: Lost on a strike to Timor is B-25D A47-3

SATURDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 19 P-47s attack bridges along a line Wanling-Bhamo-Myitkyina destroying 1 bridge; 6 B-25s hit bridges S of Meza, destroying 1 and extensively damaging several others. Nineteen B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow while two B-24s deliver fuel to Kunming.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 B-24s pound the Burma Road in the Chefang area; 36 B-25s hit Chuanhsien and targets of opportunity in surrounding areas; 6 B-25s bomb Kuanyang, 5 hit Yungming, 6 damage Dara bridge, 12 bomb Lungling, and 2 knock out a bridge near Jinyang; two B-24s bomb docks at Amoy; again 90+ P-40s and P-51s hit numerous targets of opportunity throughout SE China concentrating on Japanese troops in the Chuanhsien area and various targets around Jungyun, Yuankiang, Yungming, Lingling, and Hsuchang.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Fifteen B-24s from Saipan bomb Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, and Ani Jima. Two B-24s on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus while 1 on a training mission hits Pagan. On the night of 23/24 Sep a B-24 from Kwajalein bombs Wake.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: During night and day raids B-24s and B-25s concentrate on Sidate Airfield and Mapanget Airfield. P-47s pound Kaoe Airfield. P-47s and P-40s bomb AA guns at Manokwari, Moemi, and Ransiki Airfield; HQ Thirteenth Air Force moves from Hollandia to Noemfoor; the 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, moves from Nadzab to Noemfoor with P-47s.

 

SUNDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-24s striking Kurabu Cape Airfield on Paramushiru are challenged by 12 Japanese fighters and 1 of 2 damaged B-24s forcelands in the USSR; one fighter is downed; and 4 B-25s fly a negative shipping search.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, P-47s fly 20 attack sorties against targets in the Mawhun area, including Pinlon; other P-47s fly 13 sorties against targets in the Bhamo area, demolishing a bridge at Manyut and hitting enemy positions at Chayuhkwang. Eleven B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow. 240+ other C-47 sorties are flown to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 26 B-25s bomb Mangshih, Taohsien, and Kuanyang, attack White Cloud Airfield and knock out the Dara bridge; 3 others hit targets of opportunity near Changtuikuan and along the Lingling-Siangtan road; 70+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance over SW and SE China pound numerous targets of opportunity, especially the town areas and river shipping at Takhing and Sinshih.

(Seventh Air Force): Eighteen B-24s from Saipan hit harbor facilities at Chichi Jima; Two B-24s on an armed reconnaissance mission bomb Marcus. Sixteen P-47s strafe AA positions on Rota. Twenty-six B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Truk while 11 B-25s hit Ponape; the detachment of the 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh AF, operating from Kwajalein with F-5s begins a movement to Peleliu Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and B-25s bomb Amahai Airfield and Boela, Namlea Airfield on Buru, and Haroekoe Airfield. B-24s hit Lautem. Fighter-bombers attack Babo Airfield, Urarom Airfield and Manokwari Airfield while B-25s bomb Sorong.

USN: US Navy aircraft attack Japanese supply fleet were at anchor in Coron Bay sinking Irako and Akitsushima.

RAAF: Crashed is Beaufighter A19-208 (MIA).

USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 14011 (rescued).

MONDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 2 B-25s fly a negative shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 13 P-47s attack the towns of Haungton, Myintha, and Mawlu. B-24s again haul fuel to China: 15 landing at Kunming, 3 at Liuchow, and 1 at Yungning and the Tenth AF flies 220+ other transport sorties to various CBI terminals.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s blast the barracks area at Mangshih; 12 bomb Kweiyang, and 6 hit the town area and railroad yards at Hengyang; 11 B-24s pound Nanking; about 120 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance over the vast expanses of China S of the Yangtze River attack a large variety of targets of opportunity at numerous locations including troops, buildings, and communications targets in the Paoching area and between Siangtan and Fulinpu.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based B-24s strike Iwo Jima and Marcus. During the night of 25/26 September Kwajalein based B-24s stage through Eniwetok on a strike at shipping at Truk; failing to locate the primary targets the B-24s bomb Tol, Eten, Param, and Moen while others hit Wake during the night of 25/26 September.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s hit Kendari Airfield and B-25s bomb Langoan Airfield. A-20s fire storage areas and hit personnel areas on the W shore of Kaoe Bay. Namlea Airfield is again bombed by B-24s. P-38s pound Kairatoe Airfield and Boela Airfield. B-25s and A-20s hit Sagan and Urarom Airfields while P-40s attack Kaimana. Lost is C-47A Dakota 42-93499 Nose (MIA).

TUESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 flies weather reconnaissance; later four B-24s radar-bomb Suribachi Airfield.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 2 P-47 flights hit targets in the Bhamo-Myothit area, including Sinkin, Momauk, and Nanhlaing; 3 other flights hit targets in the Pinwe-Mawlu area, including the town of Nyaungbintha; 20+ P-47s in 2 flights hit Tingka and in China, hit fuel storage at Chefang and repair shops at Wanting. In China, 9 B-25s blast troop concentrations and stores in Hinlong; and nineteen B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow, Yangtong, and Yungning.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb Lungfukwan and Mangshih while several P-40s hit targets of opportunity in same areas; 6 B-25s and 4 P-38s attack and slightly damage the Dara bridge and destroy road machinery nearby; about 50 P-40s and P-51s continue armed reconnaissance over the vast inland areas of S China, attacking troops, buildings, and other targets of opportunity.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 83 B-29s, staging from Chengtu bomb Anshan most of them striking the Showa Steel Works with poor results; 15 others bomb Dairen, Sinsiang, and various targets of opportunity. During the night of 26/27 Sep, Japanese aircraft bomb the Chengtu area, damaging 5 B-29s; this attack along with the one on 8 Sep set the pattern for Japanese raids which usually follow B-29 missions and continue until 19 Dec but are of light nature and annoying rather than seriously damaging.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Two B-24s from Saipan on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. During the night of 26/27 a B-24 snooper hits Iwo Jima. B-25s bomb Nauru. B-24s hit Wake during the night of 26/27 Sep.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Maumere Bay, Flores. B-25s and B-24s bomb Liang Airfield and Kendari Airfield. P-40s hit Kokas; the 31st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Wakde to Noemfoor with B-24s; the 424th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Medium), based on Wakde with B-24s, begins operating from Noemfoor.

WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 13 P-47s bomb the area near Katba; 30 P-47s in 5 flights hit ammunition stores and the town area of Myothit, and attack Sinkin, Bhamo, and Ma-ubin; 7 other P-47s damage the approaches to a railroad bridge at Nansiaung, 7 more hit a bivouac area at Pinwe, and 7 B-25s pound Hsenwi. Ten B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow and Yungning. C-47s fly 200+ sorties to various points in CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 40+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack communications targets, river shipping, buildings, and troops in the Kiyang, Lungfukwan, Sungpai, Chuanhsien, Lingling, Paishui, and Paoching areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s bomb and strafe Pagan. Two B-24s on armed reconnaissance hit Marcus. Fourteen B-24s from the Marshalls strike Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Menado personnel and supply areas on Celebes. B-25s attack oil tanks at Boela, and hit Old Namba Airfield on Buru. P-40s hit Ransiki Airfield, Kokas, and Waren Airfield and shipping in the Vogelkop Peninsula area; HQ 375th Troop Carrier Group moves from Nadzab to Biak; the 72d and 394th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Wakde to Noemfoor with B-24s. HQ 35th Fighter Group moves from Owi to Morotai.

USN - Guided Missiles were used in the Pacific as Special Task Air Group 1 (STAG-1), from its base on Stirling began a combat demonstration of the TDR assault drone. The drones had been delivered to Banika Island by surface shipping and flown 45 miles to bases in the Northern Solomons where they were stripped for pilotless flight and armed with bombs of up to 2,000 pounds. For combat against heavily defended targets, a control operator in an accompanying TBM guided the drone by radio and directed the final assault by means of a picture received from a television camera mounted in the drone. In the initial attack, against antiaircraft emplacements in a beached merchant ship defending Kahili Airfield, two out of four TDR's struck the target ship.

THURSDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 P-47s bomb and strafe Mawhun and Nansiaung. Twenty-one B-24s fly fuel to Liuchow, Yungning, and Kunming.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 26 B-24s pound the town of Samshui; 31 B-25s attack the towns of Taochuan and Shangchiebshou, Tien Ho Airfield and White Cloud Airfield and river and road traffic around Lingling, Siangtan, and Chuchou; 100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance attack numerous targets of opportunity including bridges, town areas, troops, and road, rail, and river traffic throughout inland SE China and, on a smaller scale, in SW China and in French Indochina.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb naval installations at Chichi Jima. P-47s bomb defenses on Pagan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s on a shipping sweep attack small vessels off Kairatoe and A-20s bomb Langoan Airfield. P-38s hit barge and the town area at Pajahi in the Moluccas. P-47s pound Manokwari Airfield.

USMC - Shore-to-shore movement from Peleliu to Ngesebus, support including strikes by Marine Corps land based units from Peleliu Airfield, the first of which, VMF(N)-541, had arrived September 24.

 

FRIDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Kuriles, Two B-24s bomb Katooka naval base and Kokutan Cape.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Eleven B-25s attack and damage the main bridge, knock out the bypass bridge and silence adjoining AA positions on the Burma Road near Uambkai, Burma. Eighteen B-24s haul fuel to Yungning, Liuchow, and Kunming.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 11 B-25s bomb Mangshih, 24 bomb Tien Ho Airfield and White Cloud Airfield, and 15 hit targets of opportunity around Chuanhsien, Taochuan and Taohsien; about 100 P-51s, P-40s, and P-38s again attack various targets of opportunity throughout the vast expanses of China S of the Yangtze River, hitting road, rail, and river targets, troops, and town areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Three B-24s from Saipan bomb Marcus; 2 others hit Iwo Jima and Pagan. P-47s bomb and strafe gun positions on Pagan. B-24s from Eniwetok hit Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Kendari Airfield is bombed by B-24s. B-25s hit Namlea Airfield while B-24s blast Liang Airfield and Haroekoe Airfield. A-20s and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft continue to pound Urarom Airfield; other A-20s bomb Faan Airfield. Lost is B-25J 43-36164 (KIA).

SATURDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ P-47s hit various targets in the Myothit and Bhamo areas, attack targets of opportunity at Khalayang, sweep the Anisakan Airfield and Nawnghkio Airfield areas, bomb Nansiaung railroad bridge, and hit targets of opportunity on or near the Burma Road between Mangshih and Lashio; 11 B-25s knock out a span of the main bridge and damage 2 bypass bridges at Hsenwi. Eighteen B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow, Yungning, and Kunming.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 29 B-24s and 12 B-25s bomb Wuchou and Tien Ho Airfield and White Cloud Airfeild; 6 B-25s hit targets of opportunity S of Lungfukwan; nearly 100 P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance over wide areas of China S of the Yangtze River again hit numerous targets of opportunity, concentrating on river shipping.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Saipan based P-47s blast Pagan Airfield; later in the day a B-24 hits the same target. During the night of 30 Sep/1 Oct a Kwajalein based B-24 bombs Wake. HQ 494th Bombardment Group and the 864th, 865th, 866th and 867th Bombardment Squadrons move from Barking Sands to Angaur Airfield with B-24s (first mission is 22 Nov).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s strike oil installations at Balikpapan. Lost is B-24J 44-40529 (MIA). Ambesia Airfield is pounded by B-24s while B-25s hit Mapanget, Langoan, and Sidate, and P-38s hit shipping in Wasile Bay. Other B-25s attack shipping in the Halmahera waters. P-38s hit Amahai, Kairatoe and Halong Seaplane Base and Haroekoe Airfield. A-20s and fighter-bombers hit Babo, Urarom, and Fak Fak; A-20s and B-25s bomb Faan; the 23d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Wakde to Noemfoor with B-24s. Lost are F7A 44-40422 (MIA) and P-47D 42-23241 (MIA). Lost in a crash near Brisbane is B-25D 43-3488 (MIA).



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