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January 24, 1944
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MONDAY, 24 JANUARY 1944

(CBI) CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25's on sea sweeps claim sinking of a merchant ship W of Nampang , 2 freighters, a cargo-passenger vessel, and a coastal cargo boat anchored in Li-Shan Bay, and a cargo-passenger vessel at Paichuan .

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Twenty-four A-24s from Makin supported by twelve P-39's and 7 P-40's, hit gun positions, storage areas, and barracks on Mille. In the late afternoon, 8 B-25's, staging through Makin bomb Wotje Airfield. During the night of 24/25 Jan, 9 B-25's from Tarawa and 12 B-24's from the Ellice bomb several targets in Maloelap. A single B-24 bombs Mille.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): A large concentration of USAAF, USN, USMC, and RNZAF fighters support USN and USMC TBF's dive-bombing shipping in Simpson Harbor and Keravia Bay; several 300' to 500' vessels are damaged or sunk; U. S. aircraft claim 20+ fighters shot down.

USMC: Ditched is F4U 02285 (rescued).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 40+ B-24's bomb Wewak Airfield and Boram Airfield; 50+ B-25's and P-47's hit Madang and troops in the vicinity and bomb the Hansa Bay area; 38 other B-25's attack shipping and harbor installations on Manus. HQ 22d Bombardment Group (Medium) and 19th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) transfer from Dobodura to Nadzab with B-26's. They are transitioning to B-24's and will be redesignated a Heavy unit on 3 Feb.



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