January 12, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s again damage a bridge at Wan
Mai-Lo, Burma. 35 fighter-bombers pound targets of opportunity around Wanting,
China and Muse, Burma. Lost is B-24J "Shootin' Star" 42-73249 (MIA).
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, sixteen fighter-bombers support
ground forces in the battle sectors at Si-U and at Lawa on the Irrawaddy River;
70+ fighter-bombers hit troops, supplies, vehicles, and general enemy movement
at Namsa-lap, Longmao, Hsa-ihkao, Mangpu, Pangnim, and near Lashio, Hsipaw,
and Hsenwi. Transports fly 544 sorties, landing men and supplies at forward
bases and dropping supplies to troops in battle sectors.
MALAYA: Two B-29 bombers were shot
down, one by Kamikaze ramming.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 28 Guam based B-24s bomb airfields on Iwo Jima; Three B-24s, on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Marcus. Iwo Jima is
hit by snooper strikes during the night of 12/13 Jan, by 4 B-24s from the
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the
San Jose del Monte area and bivouac areas on N Luzon; other B-24s hit Legaspi Airfield,
and Batangas Airfield and Matina
B-25s bomb Fabrica warehouses. Lost is B-24J 44-41078 (Crew KIA/POW).
IJN: Japanese submarine I-47 enters Humboldt Bay off Hollandia. At 4:15am launched four kaitens at five minute intervals piloted by Lt (jg) Kawakubo Teruo, CPO Muramatsu Minoru, PO2C Sato Katsumi and Lt (jg) Hara Atsuro. At 5:11am, one kaiten damages anchored Liberty ship USS Pontus H. Ross.