February 2, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 1944
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): A-24s and P-40s from Makin bomb runways at Mille Airfield and gun positions on Mille and along with P-39 escort strafe
the northeast tip of Mille; B-24s from Tarawa bomb Rongelap
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 31st Bombardment Squadron
(Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Carney Field begins
operating from Munda Airfield with B-24s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Sorong and Alexishafen; nearly
50 A-20s pound installations in the Madang area. B-25s hit coastal targets
on New Britain Island from Cape Gauffre to Rein Bay. Other B-25s attack shipping
off Tingwon Island in the Bismarck Archipelago and off the SE coast of New
Britain. Lost is B-25G 42-64810 (MIA) and C-47A "Shack Trooper" 42-23487 (MIA).