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January 11, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 11 JANUARY 1945

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Kuriles, three B-24s on an armed reconnaissance to Suribachi, bomb NW of Taro Lake; 5 B-25s hit Kotani Shima.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 B-25s damage a bridge at Wan Mai-Lo; 12 fighter-bombers hit targets of opportunity NE of Wanling, 7 drop napalm on targets of opportunity NE of Muse, and 11 attack targets of opportunity SE of Wanting, China and in the E end of the Wanting River valley.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 25 of 47 B-29 bombers from the 58th BW from Calcutta attacked two dry-dock facilities in Singapore Harbor; and fifteen B-29's attack alternates on Penang, Mergui, Burma, and various targets of opportunity; they claim 6-1-17 Japanese aircraft. Two B-29 bombers were lost: B-29 "Postville Express" 42-24704 and B-29 42-65226.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 P-47s support ground forces in the Si-U and Namhkam sectors. 3 others strafe trucks between Namhkam and Selan; troop concentrations, vehicles, artillery pieces, supply areas, and general enemy movement are pounded by 80+ fighter-bombers; 12 B-25s bomb storage buildings in the Lashio area. 509 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. The 6th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, based at Asansol, sends a detachment to operate from Cox's Bazar, India with P-47s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 23 B-24s from Saipan pound airfields on Iwo Jima; the bombing of Iwo Jima is continued during the night of 11/12 Jan, by 3 B-24s flying individual snooper strikes from the Mariana. The 6th Night Fighter Squadron, VII Fighter Command (attached to 318th Fighter Group), moves from Kipapa Field to East Field (a detachment has been operating from Saipan with P-47s and P-61s since Jun 44; a detachment operates from Kipapa Field until May 45).

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): The 3d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Heavy), 311th Photographic Wing (attached to XXI Bomber Command), moves from Saipan to Guam with F-13s (the squadron flies photo, electronic and weather reconnaissance missions in the W Pacific).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Lost overnight is B-24L 44-49480 (MIA). Large numbers of B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers concentrate on communications targets throughout northern Luzon and attack airfields, communications, and town areas in southern Luzon and Mindanao. Over northern Luzon on armed photographic and strafing mission F-6D "Flying Undertaker - Snooks the 5th" 44-14841 pilot Captain William A. Shomo and F-6D 44-14873 pilot Lt. Paul Lipscomb engage a large formation of Japanese planes including 11 Ki-61 Tonys and 1 Ki-44 Tojo escorting a G4M Betty and intercept. Although the odds were 13 against 2 the pair engage with Shomo claims 7 shot down and earns the Medal of Honor. Lipscomb claims 3 shot down.

B-25s and P-38s attack Kendari Airfield lost is B-25J 43-27979 (KIA). HQ 308th Bombardment Wing moves from Leyte to Luzon. Lost is F-7B 44-40961 (MIA).

RAAF: Crashed is Boomerang A46-189 (KIA).



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