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March 21, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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.



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