March 19, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 19 MARCH 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Five B-24s bomb and photograph the Kashiwabara naval base. Eight B-25s bomb canneries along the Masugawa and Asahigawa Rivers.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Five B-24s on a sweep over the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin claim a large freighter sunk. 4 P-38s strafe trucks from Son La to Hoa Binh, French Indochina.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 P-38s support the forces of the Chinese 50th Division near Hsipaw; 12 P-38s sweep roads S of the bomb line while 27 P-47s operating over and behind enemy lines hit troop concentrations and supplies at Namlan, Namio, and Nam-maw-long and a Japanese-held monastery at Nammaw-long. Transports fly 502 sorties to forward areas.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: 12 Guam based B-24s
attack the Susaki Airfield and radio installations in the afternoon. During
the night of 19/20 Mar, Susaki Airfield is hit again by 5 B-24s flying separate
snooper strikes. VII Fighter Command: 16 P-51s from Iwo
Jima bomb and strafe Susaki Airfield, a radio installation, and storage
area on Chichi Jima.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and fighter-bombers
again hit installations on northern Luzon. B-24s hit a variety of targets on Cebu including the town of Minglanilla. The 8th Combat Cargo Squadron, 2d Combat
Cargo Group, moves from Biak to Dulag with C-46s; the 63d Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Tacloban to Clark
Field with B-24s. Lost is A-20G 43-22155 (pilot MIA, gunner rescued).