FRIDAY, 7 JANUARY 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 7 B-25's and 15 P-38's pound
the Lanywa area, hitting the oil plant and storage tanks, causing several fires,
and strafe several AA positions; 19 A-36's and P-51's bomb supply and troop
concentrations at Nanyaseik.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-25's and 6 P-40's sink 2 large
boats on the Yangtze River south of Hukow and sink a large powerboat, a barge, and
a small ore craft at Shihhweiyao; Eleven P-38's claim between 30 and 40 sampans
destroyed along the river from Hankow to Chiuchiang; and two B-25's on a sea sweep
claim a 300' passenger vessel sunk south of Hong Kong. HQ 341st Bombardment
Group (Medium) transfers from the Tenth Air Force to the Fourteenth Air Force
and moves from Kurmitola to Kunming.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Crashed on take off is P-38H 42-66671 (KIA) and lost is P-38H 42-66865 (MIA)
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24's, B-25's,
P-39's, and P-47's bomb the Alexishafen-Madang area, hit Erima, Bogadjim, and
targets along the Bogadjim Road, attack positions from Weber Point to Vincke
Point, and strafe huts and barges near Saidor. B-24's
bomb the Cape Gloucester area and A-20's hit forces near Arawe, lost is A-20G 42-54088 (survived). B-24's also
hit Lorengau and Boela.