February 2, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Four P-40s attack a regimental HQ and
a storage area at Lungchow, China.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 B-25s pound troops and supplies at Loilem; 60+ fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Molo, Hosi, and Mabein areas; troops, supplies, town areas, and vehicles are attacked at Panma, Kan-loi, Pansak, Man Ho Pang, Pongkalau, Hsenwi, Namtu, Panghai, Kong kang, and Ondon. Transports complete 485 sorties to forward bases and over the frontline areas.
(Eleventh Air Force) Force landed is P-38J 42-67638 (rescued).
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Twenty Guam based B-24s pound a storage area on Iwo Jima.
During the night of 2/3 Feb, 10 B-24s, flying individual harassment raids, bomb the island's airfields. Four P-47s, on a reconnaissance flight, strafe buildings on Pagan. 22 B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Corregidor.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Colonel Carl A Brandt becomes Commanding Officer XIII Bomber Command. B-24s continue to pound Corregidor and Cavite and A-20s hit the Baler Bay area. In the Cagayan Valley, B-25s attack pillboxes, gun positions and river barges. B-24s hit Okayama Airfield during a dawn raid. HQ 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group moves from Leyte to Binmaley.