THURSDAY, 27 JANUARY 1944
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Six B-25's from Tarawa hit Nauru, and nine staging through Makin hit Wotje; 23 A-24s, supported by ten P-39's, pound Mille; and 7 B-24's,
staging through Makin bomb Taroa in a dusk attack.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 19 B-25's, with and escort
of 60+ AAF and USN fighters, pound Lakunai Airfield; 6 US fighters
are lost; US aircraft claim 20+ Japanese fighters shot down. On Bougainville P-39s ranging over a wide area, strafe targets of opportunity at Motupena, Gazelle Harbor, and Buka. Two squadrons of B-24's blast concentrations at Sulphur
Creek in the Rabaul area. 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
5th Bombardment Group (Heavy) at Munda ceases operating
from Guadalcanal with B-24's.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Forty-one B-24's bomb Lorengau. Almost 70 B-25's, A-20's, and P-39's, along with several RAAF aircraft attack
the Madang and Bogia areas. B-24's hit a freighter and the town
area at Dili and shipping at Sorong and MacCluer Gulf. 39th Fighter
Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, transfers from Nadzab to Gusap with P-47's.
RAAF: Lost on a strafing mission in an aerial collision are P-40N A29-523 (MIA) and P-40N "Ishkabibble" A29-530 (KIA).