January 4, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 4 JANUARY 1944
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Eighteen B-24's, staging through Tarawa bomb Emidj. HQ 30th Bombardment Group transfers
from Nanumea to Abemama.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): B-24's bomb Sohano concentrating on Buka Seaplane Base and supply area. B-25's pound gun
positions at Tonolai and bomb Chabai. P-39's, (RNZAF) Ventura's and night fighters, operating individually
or in small flights, hit targets on Bougainville, including barges at Mutupina
Point and along the Jaba River, and areas around Buka, Bonis, Poporang,
Papas, and Banin. 40+ Allied fighters attack the Rabaul area
and claim at least ten airplanes shot down.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 100+ heavy and
medium bombers bomb Alexishafen, Madang, and Bogadjim areas and hit troops
and supplies between Finschhafen and Saidor. B-25's attack
artillery positions in the Cape Gloucester area. B-24's and B-25's hit shipping
at Koepang and in nearby waters. 421st Night Fighter Squadron,
V Fighter Command, arrives at Milne Bay from the US with P-70's;
first mission is 29 Feb.
USN: USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) carrier aircraft attack Kavieng. Lost is F6F Hellcat 26100 (MIA).