January 9, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 9 JANUARY 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): For the first time the Eleventh Air Force radar-bombs with
H2X equipment as four B-24s hit Suribachi Bay Airfield.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s hit railroad targets, road bridge,
and building area NE of Thanh Moi, French Indochina. 25 P-40s, P-38s, and P-51s
hit targets of opportunity S, SW, and NE of Wanling, Burma. 8 P-51s bomb railroad
repair shops at Sinsiang, China while 3 P-40s hit a road west of Muse, Burma, causing a traffic block.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 26: 46 B-29s from Chengtu are
dispatched to bomb Kirun Harbor; 39 hit the target and 6 bomb
targets of last resort along the China coast; this raid is the first of several
such operations against Formosa in conjunction with the US invasion of Luzon.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-47s hit division HQ at Ho-na while 4 others support ground forces in the Si-U sector; 90+ fighter-bombers hit supply areas, tanks, AA positions, and troop concentrations at Man Kat, Tonghsim, Kong-lin, Bawdwin, Mong Tat, and in the Hsenwi vicinity. 488 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 24 B-24s, based on Saipan hit an airfield on Iwo Jima which is struck again by 8 B-24s on individual snooper missions during the night of 9/10 Jan.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 18: 72 Mariana based B-29s are dispatched against the Musashino aircraft plant near Tokyo; high winds break up the formations so that only 18 B-29s can bomb the primary target; 34 hit alternates and targets of opportunity; they claim 13-3-11 Japanese aircraft; 6 B-29s are lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Mabalacat while
B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers destroy several bridges and numerous vehicles
and trains throughout Luzon, and bomb several airfields. Lost is B-25J "Lazy Daisy Mae" 43-36012 (MIA). B-24s also hit Nielson
Airfield. FEAF aircraft make small-scale attacks on barges,
airfields, and targets of opportunity on Mindanao,
Halmahera, Ceram area, north Borneo and on Timor. Nine A-20s from the 312th BG, 388th BS attack Talisay Airfield at low level dropping fifty 100 lbs parademo bombs. Ditched is A-20G "Bug Eyes" 43-22161. Also lost are C-47 42-100478 (KIA) and C-47A 42-100479 (KIA).
U. S. Army: At 9:30am the 6th Army begins landing at Lingayen
Gulf on Luzon. During the initial landing, 68,000 troops are landed. A total of 203,608 went ashore in the subsequent landings.