January 14, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 14 JANUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 27 B-24s, supported by 45 P-51s and P-40s, pound Hankow; 8 enemy aircraft are claimed destroyed; 7 B-25s hit targets at and W of Kengtung; 42 P-47s, P-40s, and P-51s attack Wuchang Airfield and Hankow Airfield; 17 Japanese aircraft are claimed destroyed; 21 P-40s and P-51s hit targets of opportunity in the Wanting area; 5 P-51s blast trucks and buildings at Shanhsien; 8 others attack shipping on the Yangtze River near Anking.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 28: 82 B-29s from Chengtu are dispatched to bomb Kagi Airfield; 55 hit the primary target while 1 bombs Heito; 22 others hit alternates and targets of opportunity at several points, among them Taichu Airfield, Formosa and Hengyang, China; no B-29s are lost.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s hit troops, stores area, and knock out 3 bridges near Nampawng and Hay-ti; 26 fighter-bombers support ground forces at Si-U and at Mabein; 60+ fighter-bombers pound supply areas, troop concentrations, and general targets of opportunity at or near Hsenwi, Se-u, Kongnyaung, Kutkai, Mongmit, Manai, and Kawnghka. Transports fly 487 sorties to forward areas.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 22 B-24s from Saipan and 21 from Guam bomb Moen Airfield; 9 P-38s escort the Saipan B-24s. 12 B-24s from Guam pound
an airfield on Iwo Jima ; 2 B-24s from the Mariana fly snooper strikes against Iwo Jima airfields during the night of 14/15 Jan.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 19: 73 B-29s from the Mariana are dispatched
to bomb the Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Nagoya; 40 hit the primary
target and 23 hit alternates and targets of opportunity; they claim 16-7-26
Japanese aircraft; 5 B-29s are lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-25s
pound Aparri Airfield
while supporting P-51s destroy several parked aircraft; A-20s bomb Clark
Field destroying numerous parked aircraft, while B-24s hit troop concentrations
B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers over wide areas of Luzon hit tanks,
trucks, and other vehicles near Norzagaray, Masbate, Tartaro, Bulac, Banglos,
and San Felipe; bomb a bridge N of Bocaue; hit airfields at Tuguegarao and Batangas, Malabang on Mindanao,
and Silay on Negros; bomb the Cotabato supply area on Mindanao;
and attack numerous other targets. B-25s bomb the Goeroea area in the Moluccas. The 408th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy),
moves from Angaur Airfield to Guiuan Airfield with B-24s. Lost are BT-13B Valiant 42-89612 (MIA) and B-24J "Lady Jane" 42-100271 (MIA).