MONDAY, 17 JANUARY 1944
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):
In Burma, A-36's and P-51's support ground forces in the Shaduzup-Ngamaw Ga
area and near Taro; others bomb supply dumps, warehouses, and rolling stock
at Sahmaw; and P-40's hit Myitkyina Airfield. Transfer: HQ 7th Bombardment Group
from Pandaveswar to Kurmitola.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 9 B-25's from Abemama bomb and strafe Mille, hitting the
runway, AA positions, radio tower, warehouse area, lagoon dredges and possible
oil dumps. Four P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): AAF
and US fighters support 48 SBDs and 18 TBFs attacking shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul; they
claim 18 Japanese airplanes; Kanshin Maru is sunk. 10 Allied fighters are lost. Japanese Zeros from the 204th Kokutai at Lakunai Airfield and 16 Zeros from the 252 Kokutai at Tobera Airfield intercept. Lost are eight P-38s from the 339th and 44th FS, who claim six victories and five probables. Lost are P-38J piloted by Munson (MIA), P-38J 42-67785 (MIA), P-38J 42-67179 (MIA), P-38J 42-67611 (MIA), P-38H 42-66680 (MIA), P-38H 42-66897 (rescued), P-38J 42-67171 (MIA), F6F 26031 (MIA), SBD-5 28316 (MIA) and TBF-1C 24363 (MIA). Damaged are TBF-1 24489 and SBD-5 35933. Also lost is F-5A 42-12984 (survived). During the night of
17/18 Jan, a few B-24's, in two flights, bomb the Rabaul area, while 2 RNZAF Ventura's
bomb the Kalakapisi coast watcher station on Choiseul.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 47 B-24's and
B-25's bomb the Hansa Bay area; B-25's bomb Nubia;
P-39's strafe the Rai Coast; and B-24's bomb Bandanaira, Celebes.