WEDNESDAY, 12 JANUARY 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):
In Burma, 20+ B-25's and P-38's hit the marshalling yard at Letpadan, damaging
warehouses, engine sheds, and other buildings; the fighters also strafe Myohaung,
setting 3 buildings afire. 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force (attached
to the Troop Carrier Command, Eastern Air Command), arrives at Sylhet, India
from the US with C-47's.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 14 B-24's bomb the Bangsue
marshalling yard at Bangkok.
HQ 69th Composite Wing transfers from Kunming to Tsuyung.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 21 A-24s from Makin dive-bomb AA positions and the storage area on Mille and 20 supporting P-39's strafe the runways at Mille Airfield.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 13
B-25's of the 42d Bombardment Group on their first mission against
the Rabaul area, bomb Vunakanau Airfield in the early morning, and 16 B-24's
hit Lakunai Airfield during the night of 12/13 Jan; 19 B-24's, with an escort
of about 50 fighters, pound other targets and Tobera Airfield. Three flights of P-39's bomb and strafe Teop, Inus Point, Numa Numa, and
Piano Mission; other aircraft on armed econnaissance and sweeps hit several
targets of opportunity throughout the Bougainville area. Lost is B-25C 42-32319 (POW/MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24's and B-25's
attack Alexishafen area and A-20's hit Warai. B-24's attack Balikpapan; Makassar and Dili. Lost is P-39Q 42-19949 (MIA) on a local flight.
RAAF: Damaged in for landing is Spitfire A58-178 (WIA, survived)
USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 13212 (MIA).