January 7, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 7 JANUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): FIve B-24s bomb Fort Bayard, China and attack shipping in Samah Bay, claiming one vessel sunk.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): Bad weather cancels all combat missions.
Transports complete 383 sorties to forward areas.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s, flying out of Saipan bomb an airfield
on Iwo Jima. During the night of 7/8 Jan, 10 more B-24s again pound airfields, striking in single-bomber snooper missions over a 7-hour period.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Large numbers
of B-25s and A-20s, supported by P-38s, hit the network of airstrips from Clark
Field to Angeles Airfield. Lost is A-20G "Sleepy Time Gal" 43-21302 (MIA). B-24s bomb Nielson and Grace
Park Airfields and Nichols Field and B-25s and fighter-bombers pound bridges in the Plaridel
and Calumpit areas. B-24s raid Padada Airfield and Daliao Airfield.
B-25s and fighter-bombers hit Lembeh Strait and the Langoan areas.
Other FEAF aircraft on small-scale armed reconnaissance missions strike targets
of opportunity throughout the Philippines. The 17th Reconnaissance Squadron
(Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Tacloban to San
Jose with B-25s.
Four P-38s from "Daddy Flight" from the 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 431st Fighter Squadron (431st FS) "Hades" took off from Dulag Airfield on Leyte on a fighter sweep including P-38L "Eileen-Ann" 44-24845 pilot Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr., P-38J 43-28836 pilot Major Jack B. Rittmayer, P-38L "Doots" 44-24876 pilot Captain Edwin R. Weaver and P-38J "Miss Gee Gee" 43-28525 pilot 2nd Lt. Douglas S. Thropp, Jr. bound for Mindoro in hopes of finding Japanese aircraft to shoot down to increase America's second highest scoring ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. aerial victory credits. Over Negros, McGuire the flight spotted a Ki-43 Oscar and McGuire ordered them to "hold your tanks" (not release their drop tanks) in anticipation of flying further to engage in more combat. the formation to Ki-43 Oscar are P-38L "Eileen-Ann" 44-24845 pilot Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. (KIA) and P-38J 43-28836 (KIA) pilot Major Jack B. Rittmayer.