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January 21, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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FRIDAY, 21 JANUARY 1944

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 P-40's score near misses on the Loilaw bridge and strafe Budagon nearby, starting several fires. 16 A-36's and P-51's support ground forces near Sumprabum, and 11 more bomb forces SW of Kamaing.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of February 20-21, sixteen B-24's staging through Tarawa bomb targets in Kwajalein. On take off, B-24J "Miss Bee Haven" 42-72982 crashed killing seven of the crew and twenty minutes later B-24J "Galloping Gus" 42-72999 crashed killing the entire crew. Six B-25s from Tarawa hit Arno Atoll, and twelve other B-25s bomb Aur Atoll; Nine B-25's from Abemama hit gun positions, barracks on Mille and the runway at Mille Airfield; 23 A-24s and 11 P-40's from Makin attack gun positions, ammunition and oil storage, barracks, and two small vessels at Jaluit.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 38 B-24's pound the runway and revetment area at Borpop Airfield. P-39's strafe Kara and Kahili; and RNZAF Ventura's and B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Kalakapisi, Nukiki, and Buka.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25's, A-20's, and P-39's bomb the Madang area, and strafe villages near Saidor and troops from Reiss Point to Erima. On New Britain, B-25's and P-39's strafe barges from Cape Raoult to Rein Bay and hit targets of opportunity along the the north coast; single B-24's on armed reconnaissance blast a control tower at Hoskins Airfield, and hit ships near Kavieng and at Lorengau. Two B-24's bomb Waingapoe, Sunda. Lost is B-25G 42-64807 (MIA).



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