WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s off to Kataoka on Shimushu abort
the mission when all aircraft accidentally drop bombs prior to the bombing
run. Four B-25s weather abort.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Eleven P-51s knock out a bridge
at Hengshan; 34 P-40s hit river, road, and rail traffic from Kweiyi to Hengshan,
from Chiuchiang to Wuhu, from Siaokan southward, in the area S of Tsinan, and
N of Tehsien, and from Wan Mai-Lo, Burma to Luang Prabang.
Two fighter-bombers hit the warehouse area at Kweihsien, China.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 2 missions are flown. Mission 34: 67 B-29s
are dispatched to hit Saigon; 44 bomb the primary target
(11 drop prematurely and 33 hit a residential section), 19 hit Pnom Penh,
a target of opportunity, and 2 bomb the last resort target, the marshalling
yard at Martaban, Burma; they claim 0-0-1 Japanese aircraft; 1 B-29 is lost.
Mission 35: 64 B-29s are dispatched to hit the Rama VI bridge at Bangkok, 58
bomb and effect the collapse of most of middle span of the bridge (this is
the 3d strike at this target) and destroy the NE approach; 1 B-29 bombs the
Martaban, Burma marshalling yard; no B-29s are lost.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 B-25s attack tanks and
troops at Man Namman; 50 P-47s support forces preparing to cross the Shweli
River in the Myitson area; 40+ P-47s and P-40s attack troops and supply areas
at Nawngkalio, Man Li, Hsunkwe, Nawnghkio, Loi Hkam, Panghsapye, Na-lang, Wingnang,
and Pang Eng Hkye. 464 transport sorties are flown to advanced bases and frontline
areas. In India, the 5th and 6th Fighter Squadrons (Commando), 1st Air Commando
Group, move from Fenny and Asansol respectfully to Hay with P-47s; the detachment
of the 127th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, operating
from Cox's Bazar with UC-64s and L-5s returns to base at Kalaikunda; and the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron(Commando),
2d Air Commando Group, moves from Kalaikunda to Palel with C-47s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Six B-24s from Saipan bomb
the town of Okimura; Eight B-24s hit AA positions and radio and
radar installations on Iwo
while 2 others bomb the airfield in Woleai. From Angaur Airfield 20 B-24s bomb Silay Airfield and Talisay Airfield and one B-24 bombs Opon Airfield. 9 B-24s on snooper raids from Saipan duringthe
night of 7/8 Feb, bomb Iwo
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, B-24s,
with P-38 support hit targets of opportunity at Heito Airfield and other points
(after weather prevents the bombing of Takao) and B-25s, with P-51 cover, fly
several sweeps, claiming a sub sunk, a tanker set afire, a large motor launch
sunk, other shipping damaged, and several vehicles and an airplane destroyed.
On Luzon , A-20s, supporting ground operations, attack the hills W of Clark
Field. B-24s hit Bago and Mandaue on Negros. In Borneo,
other B-24s bomb Tawau and-in another mission Miri Airfield, Tutong oil refinery
pump station and power house. The 341st Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group,
moves from Tanauan to San Marcelino with P-47s.