February 6, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 20 P-51s pound and considerably
damage Peking Airfield, claiming 7 aircraft destroyed; other fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit several targets of opportunity
(mainly rail and river traffic) around Tsingpu, Wuhu, Suchow, Hsiangcheng, Ichang, Chingmen, and Yungning. Fighter-bombers sink numerous river craft
on the Mekong River from Wan Mai-Lo to Nguen, Burma.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 86 P-47s and P-38s and 25
B-25s pound troop concentrations, supplies, and AA positions in the Lashio area; 4 P-38s damage the approach to Mong Tong bridge. Transports complete
514 sorties, carrying men and supplies to forward areas.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Nine
B-24s from Guam hit AA defenses and radar and radio installations on Iwo
Jima; 10 more bomb Ototo Jima and the the town of Omura
on Kyushu. One B-24 from Angaur Airfield bombs Koror. Two B-24s hit Bulan Airfield and 19 B-24s bomb Corregidor. During the night of 6/7 Feb, eight B-24s from Guam fly
individual strikes against Iwo
USMC: PBJs from Eniwetok attack Palikir Airfield Number
2 on Ponape. Shot down is by anti-aircraft fire is PBJ-1H "Love Bug" 35275 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s
bomb Corregidor gun positions; B-25s and P-38s hit Echague and a camp on
the Rosario-Baguio road;
A-20s attack gun positions and defenses at Nichols
Field in support of ground forces and bomb Caballo. B-24s and B-25s
fly coastal sweeps hitting various targets at Divilacan Bay, Hondagua, and
the Bicol Peninsula. A-20s attack Fabrica Airfield. B-24s with P-38 support hit Manggar and Sepinggang Airfield.
The detachment of the 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic
Reconnaissance Group, operating from Dulag with
F-5s, returns to base at San
Jose. The 342d and 460th Fighter Squadrons, 348th Fighter Group,
move from Tanauan to San Marcelino with P-47s.
RAAF: Lost is Boomerang A46-216 (MIA) crashed on Bougainville.