MONDAY, 1 JANUARY 1945
TUESDAY, 2 JANUARY 1945
WEDNESDAY, 3 JANUARY 1945
THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY 1945
FRIDAY, 5 JANUARY 1945
SATURDAY, 6 JANUARY 1945
SUNDAY, 7 JANUARY 1945
MONDAY, 8 JANUARY 1945
TUESDAY, 9 JANUARY 1945
WEDNESDAY, 10 JANUARY 1945
THURSDAY, 11 JANUARY 1945
FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY 1945
SATURDAY, 13 JANUARY 1945
SUNDAY, 14 JANUARY 1945
MONDAY, 15 JANUARY 1945
TUESDAY, 16 JANUARY 1945
WEDNESDAY, 17 JANUARY 1945
THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY 1945
FRIDAY, 19 JANUARY 1945
SATURDAY, 20 JANUARY 1945
SUNDAY, 21 JANUARY 1945
MONDAY, 22 JANUARY 1945
TUESDAY, 23 JANUARY 1945
WEDNESDAY, 24 JANUARY 1945
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
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).