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January 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 14 JANUARY 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Bad weather limits operations to fighter patrols in the Sumprabum, Burma area.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Four B-25's on a coastal sweep from Pakhoi to Haiphong, bomb a group of buildings on Weichow; 2 B-24's damage 2 vessels near Saint John Island.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 12 B-24's, staging through Tarawa bomb Kwajalein; 3 B-25's from Makin fly a mission against shipping off Wotje; 2 of the B-25's attack 2 small vessels, sinking 1 and damaging the other; the other B-25 bombs Wotje Airfield and building on the southern part of Wotje.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): During the night of 13/14 Jan, 15 B-24's take off to bomb Vunakanau and Lakunai, Rabaul, Rapopo and Malaguna; just before dawn. Some meet bad weather and bomb alternate targets on New Ireland and Buka. Lost is B-25D 41-30566. Twelve B-25's hit Au and Cape Gazelle and Buka. P-39's join USN SBD's in bombing Wakunai, Bougainville. 70+ Allied fighters support a strike by USN & USMC dive bombers against shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. U. S. fighters claim 27 aircraft shot down.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 50+ B-24's, B-25's, and P-40's hit the Alexishafen and Erima area. On New Britain, B-24's bomb Cape Busching; B-25's attack targets of opportunity along the north coast, and A-20's strike villages along the south coast.

USN / USMC: 50+ dive bombers against shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. This was the first full scale attack by land based light bombers against Japanese shipping off Rabaul. Lost are SBD-5 35971 (pilot MIA / gunner POW, died), F4U 17722 (MIA), F4U 17807 (MIA) and SBD 36230 (pilot MIA gunner POW, executed).

IJN: Ditched is G4M1 Betty 6107. At Rabaul, a group of seventeen Allied Prisoners Of War (POW) detained at Keibitai Headquarters at Rabaul and executed on Matupi Island and their bodies buried in a mass grave. The seventeen executed included F/O Ross B. O'Loghlen navigator Beaufort A9-262 whose remains were recovered and identified postwar.

RAAF: Beaufort A9-141 ground looped at Tocumwal Airfield.



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