March 21, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 1945
ZONE OF INTERIOR (Fourth Air Force): A P-63 Kingcobra from Walla Walla Army Airfield, intercepts a Japanese balloon near Redmond, Washington and after a chase that includes two refueling stops shoots it down near Reno, Nevada.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Four P-51s damage several locomotives and boxcars at Vinh Airfield, French Indochina and along the railroad to the N. Six B-24s claim one vessel damaged in South China Sea.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 30 P-47s support Chinese ground
forces in the Hsipaw area; 34 P-38s sweep roads S of the bomb line; 13 B-25s and 18 P-47s attack troop concentrations and vehicles at several points
behind the Japanese lines; 526 air supply sorties are flown to the forward
areas; in ground action in the area of Mandalay.
British Army: Organized resistance ceases in Mandalay with the 14th Army, 33 Corps and Allied forces completely capturing the city.
Seventh Air Force: 13 B-24s, based on Guam hit Susaki Airfield,
which is hit again during the night of 21/22 Mar by 5 more, flying separate
strikes. VII Fighter Command: 16 P-51s from Iwo Jima strafe and bomb barracks
and radio and radar installations on Chichi Jima.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s,
A-20s, and fighters continue large-scale support missions, hitting a variety
of targets including Japanese defenses at Lipa and Tarlac and the town of Naga
and Camiling. In the central Philippines B-24s hit targets near Cebu City while
A-20s pound other towns on Cebu. B-24s bomb Samah Airfield. B-25s
on a shipping sweep attack and set afire a freighter SE of Nanao, China. HQ
42d Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)
move from Morotai to Puerto
Princesa with B-25s; the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group,
ceases operating from Morotai with
P-38s and returns to base at Puerto Princesa.
USN: Crashed is SB2C Helldiver 18876 (KIA) in Oregon.