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January 1945
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MONDAY, 1 JANUARY 1945

TUESDAY, 2 JANUARY 1945

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MONDAY, 22 JANUARY 1945

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THURSDAY, 25 JANUARY 1945

FRIDAY, 26 JANUARY 1945

SATURDAY, 27 JANUARY 1945

SUNDAY, 28 JANUARY 1945


CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 P-40s and P-51s attack railway and river traffic at Wuhu, Sinyang, and Linfen, in the Sinsiang-Hantan area, between Loyang and Sinyang, and along the Pinghan (Hankow-Peking) railroad.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 40 fighter-bombers support ground forces SE of Banwe, E of Molo, S of Molo Ywama, and near Namhkam; 80 fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations, supply areas, and enemy movement and active areas at or near Namsangsok, Namlan, Pangmakmo, Wengnan, Kutkai, and Mu-lwat. Again 500+ sorties are flown to forward areas by transports. The first convoy from Ledo across the Ledo Road crosses the Chinese border heading for Kunming.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 10 B-24s from Guam and 10 from Saipan bomb airfields on Iwo Jima; 10 more follow during the night of 28/29 Jan with single-bomber harassment raids on the airfields. Two B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Arakabesan.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and fighter-bombers concentrate attacks on Luzon: the heaviest tonnage (from B-24s) hitting Corregidor, Cavite and targets between Manila and Subic Bay, including Laoag Airfield, are also hit; A-20s concentrate on targets in the Aparri-Gattaran area while fighter-bombers and A-20s hit airfields in the Cagayan Valley and troops, trucks, and roads in the San Felipe and Talavera areas. HQ 91st Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) smoves from Leyte to Mindoro.

MONDAY, 29 JANUARY 1945


CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, Pailochi Airfield, river and road shipping, troops, gun positions, buildings, and other targets of opportunity are attacked at Kweiyi, Hankow, Sinyang and Chihkiang, between Hengshan and Siangtan, between Wuhu and Anking, north of Hengyang, and east and south of Yutze.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 13 B-25s knock out road bridges at Loi-leng and Tonglau and hit several nearby targets of opportunity; 26 P-47s hit troop positions in the Namhkai area; 11 P-38s and 16 P-47s attack Aungban Airfield and Heho Airfield; 8 P-47s support ground forces near Banwe; 70 P-47s and P-38s pound troop concentrations and supplies at Panglong, Tangyan, Wengnan, Homang, Mong Long, Namtu, Mongyin, Mong Yang, and Namhsam. Largescale transport operations continue. The 1st Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, moves from Tsuyung to Hsinching with C-47s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 19 Guam based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima airfields. Two B-24s from Saipan, on an armed reconnaissance flight, bomb Marcus. One B-24 from Angaur Airfield bombs Arakabesan. During the night of 29/30 Jan, five B-24s from Saipan continue harassment raids on Iwo Jima airfields.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 25: 28 of 33 Mariana based B-29s strike at 2 airfields on Iwo Jima without loss.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Heavy B-24 daylight raids concentrate on Heito Airfield and Corregidor while B-25s bomb nearby Cabcaben. On Luzon, fighter-bombers and A-20s hit targets of opportunity from Aparri to Echague; further S, two P-38s and two B-25s hit gun positions in the Batangas and Verde areas; A-20s support ground forces inland from Lingayen by hitting the Carranglen road network; others hit Talavera and Carabao. HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), move from Morotai to Lingayen Airfield with B-25s. The 319th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 90th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Biak to San Jose, Mindoro with B-24s. Lost is B-25J "30,000 North American Airplane" 44-29544.

USN - Four PT-Boats, lead by PT-222 (lead by Lt. Robert J. Wehrli, USNR), covered by two P-38s and two B-25s enter Batangas Bay, the boats preformed a 67 minute strike hitting small craft and shore installations at Batangas. For 37 minutes they were under intense shore fire.  In the end destroyed 2 luggers, 3 barges and 24 sailing vessels, and unknown number of suicide boats hidden along the shore in huts. With help from the aircraft, they target several guns and knock them out, and start 8 fires, one in a fuel dump.

TUESDAY, 30 JANUARY 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 27 B-24s, escorted by 32 P-40s and P-51s, bomb Hankow; 8 P-51s hit targets of opportunity in the areas around Loyang, Yuncheng, and Sinantien; the detachment of the 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, at Kwanghan with P-51s returns to base at Chengkung (another detachment is at Laohokow).

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 65 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Banwe, Yenya-u, Hsenwi, Molo, and Mongmit areas; 5 others knock out a bridge E of Mong Long; 100+ fighter-bombers attack troops, supplies, artillery, and communications targets at several locations including Kutkai, Bawgyo, Hamn gai, Namhsan, Naleng, Pangsari, Hsenwi, and Wengnan. Transports again fly 500+ sorties to forward areas. HQ 1st Combat Cargo Group moves from Tsuyung, China to Dohazari, India. The detachment of the 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, operating from Bikram, India with C-47s, returns to base at Kalaikunda, India. The detachment of the 492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), at Luliang ferrying gasoline to Suichwan, China in B-24s, returns to base at Madhaiganij.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 17 B-24s from Saipan bomb an Iwo Jima airfield. 3 others bomb Woleai Airfield. Five B-24s from Angaur Airfield strike Koror and Arakabesan. During the night of 30/31 Jan, 10 B-24s from Saipan fly single-bomber snooper raids against Iwo Jima airfields.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Bad weather cancels most of the scheduled strikes over Luzon; however, B-24s bomb Cavite while fighter-bombers flying support for ground forces hit artillery and troop concentrations NE of Labayug and others attack ammunition dumps north of San Isidro. The 405th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Morotai to Lingayen Airfield with B-25s.

RNZAF: Corsairs fly fighter sweeps over Rabaul. Lost is F4U Corsair NZ5415 (KIA).

WEDNESDAY, 31 JANUARY 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-51s strafe targets of opportunity along the Pinghan (Hankow-Peking) railroad.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s hit troops and stores at Namlan; 50+ P-47s attack troops and supplies at several locations including Na-mawtawng, Tawkut, Mong Long, Hsipaw, Hsenwi, and Namhpakka. Transports complete 535 sorties to forward bases and frontline areas. The 13th, 14th and 16th Combat Cargo Squadrons, 4th Combat Cargo Group, move from Agartala to Chittagong with C-46s. The 164th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Kan to Asansol with UC-64s and L-5s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 20 B-24s from Guam bomb airfields and AA defenses on Iwo Jima; during the night of 31 Jan/1 Feb, 9 more B-24s, flying single-bomber harassment strikes, hit the island. HQ 419th Troop Carrier Group is activated on Guam; no tactical squadrons or aircraft are assigned; the group's HQ had detachments on Saipan, Tinian and Angaur Airfield to operate transportation terminals that assisted in moving troops, equipment, food and mail to, and in evacuating wounded personnel from combat areas.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Brigadier General Earl W Barnes again assumes command of the XIII Fighter Command. The 157th, 159th and 160th Liaison Squadrons (Commando), 3d Air Commando Group, move from Leyte to Calasio, Mangaldan and Calasio, Luzon respectively with UC-64s and L-5s (first mission is 17 Feb and 7 Feb espectively). Lost is P-38L 44-25427 (MIA).



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