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January 13, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 P-51's hit troop concentrations at Lalawng Ga and bomb Maran Ga and Shaduzup; 27 P-40's attack a communication center and dumps along the Kamaing-Mogaung road; and four P-51's and a B-25 pound Myitkyina Airfield and and supply areas.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Two B-25's on a sweep from Hong Kong to Hainan attack four large boats, several warehouses, a radio station, and a car at Fort Bayard, China; 1 of the vessels explodes; 6 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe 4 pack trains of about 15 animals each between Lungling and Tengchung.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 9 B-25's from Tarawa attack harbor shipping at Wotje; 21 A-24s from Makin dive-bomb dock, barracks, and storage area on Mille; some of the 16 escorting P-39's strafe ground targets, and ten P-39's carry out strafing mission over Mille.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): HQ Thirteenth Air Force moves from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal. During predawn hours eleven B-25's bomb Tobera, Rapopo, the Wide Bay area, and coast south of Rapopo. P-39's strafe Tinputs.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): HQ V Fighter Command transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab and Major General Paul B Wurtsmith becomes Commanding General, V Fighter Command. 130+ B-24's, B-25's and P-40's attack Alexishafen. B-24's bomb Gasmata. B-24's and B-25's strike Kaukenau and Timoeka and score hit on a freighter off Tanimbar.

USMC: Lost is F4U Corsair 18045 (MIA).

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