December 28, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 28 DECEMBER 1943
CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): Fifteen B-24's from Funafuti and Canton, staging through Tarawa and Baker, hit Maloelap and Majuro and Mille. 18 A-24s from Makin with
an escort of 20 P-39's, attack Mille; this attack is followed by another
against the atoll carried out by nine B-25's from Tarawa, supported by twelve Makin based
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-25's and 4 P-51's attack Yangtze
River shipping at Chihchow; 1 cargo ship is claimed sunk, 2 others damaged,
and an armed motor vessel set aflame. 7 P-40's bomb a building on the railroad
siding at Yun-chi.
SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Fourteen B-24's bomb supply areas at Bonis and Twenty-two B-25's hit the Kahili supply area. Another large fighter sweep of the Rabaul, New Britain
area results in claims of 20+ airplanes shot down.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): HQ 58th Fighter
Group and the 310th Fighter Squadron and 311th Fighter Squadrons transfer from Brisbane to Dobodura No. 7 with P-47's. They will fly their first mission on 24 and 2 Feb 44 respectively. Lost is P-38G "Beautiful Lass" 43-2204 (MIA) and P-47D pilot Bissonnette (KIA).