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January 25, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


(CBI) CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): B-25's on sweeps of the E China coast claim a patrol boat, a tanker and 2 freighters sunk S off Wenchow. Lost on a routine flight are B-24J "Hot As Hell" 42-73308 (MIA) and B-24J "Haley's Comet" 42-73242 (MIA).

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Twenty-four A-24s from Makin supported by twelve P-39's, attack gun positions on Mille; 8 B-25's from Tarawa Atoll bomb a vessel and shore targets at Taroa; later, in a dusk attack, 18 B-24's flying out of the Gilberts bomb Kwajalein Atoll, hitting runways and AA positions. 26th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Nukufetau to Tarawa with B-24's.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 19 B-24's, following 3 which drop flares, attack Lakunai Airfield during the late evening. 106th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), Thirteenth Air Force (attached to 42d Bombardment Group (Medium)) transfers from Guadalcanal to Stirling with B-25's. It will be redesignated 100th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 9 May. 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, based on Guadalcanal, sends a detachment to Bougainville with P-70's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 50+ B-24's pound the Hansa Bay area; 37 B-25's bomb Alexishafen and Madang; and P-39's strafe barges on the Rai Coast. P-40's and A-20's hit Gasmata. 50+ B-25's bomb Lorengau and Momote. Lost is B-25D "Dittum Dattum (II)" 41-30312 (MIA).

USMC: Lost on a ferry flight due to a severe tropical storm were twenty-two F4U Corsairs from Marine Fighting Squadron 422 "Flying Buccaneers" VMF-422 including: F4U 17945 Mac Laughlin (MIA), F4U 18025 Thompson (MIA), F4U 18024 Rogers (MIA), F4U 18015 Lauesen (MIA), F4U 17990 Aycrigg (MIA), F4U 17833 Moran (KIA), F4U 55807, F4U 55872, F4U 55913, F4U 55906, F4U 55892, F4U 55883, F4U 55869, F4U 55825, F4U 55818, F4U 55817, F4U 55886 and F4U 18116 Lehnert (rescued), F4U 18075 Wilson (rescued), F4U 18054 Thurnaw (rescued). Of the twenty-two Corsairs lost, six pilots were missing and sixteen rescued.

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