THURSDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 16 P-38s attack bridges, encampments,
and buildings along the Prome-Taungup road; 1 bridge is knocked out and another
damaged; a tugboat is sunk at Akyab; 14 A-36s and a B-25 attack troops and
camp area at Kumnyen and Lalawng Ga, and hit a motor pool and repair depot
at Shingban; 16 P-51s hit an encampment at Sawnghka.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-40s from Makin bomb
and strafe Mille.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-40s
and US Navy fighters cover a USN dive-bomber strike on Tobera; 15 B-24s
with P-38 and USN fighter escort bomb Lakunai Airfield; Allied aircraft
claim 13 Japanese interceptors downed during the 2 strikes.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Nearly 100 B-24s
and B-25s, supported by P-38s, P-40s and P-47s, pound airfields in the Wewak area; about 80 aircraft are destroyed on the ground and in the air; A-20s attack Alexishafen and the Hansa
Bay areas; P-39s and B-25s on armed reconnaissance hit trucks at Erima, barges
on the New Britain coast, shipping in the northern Bismarck Sea, and Momote and Hyane
Harbor. Transfers in New Guinea: HQ 3d Bombardment Group
from Dobodura to Nadzab; 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron,
6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, from Brisbane to Lae with
F-5s, first mission on 5 Feb; 673d
Bombardment Squadron, 417th Bombardment Group, from Cape Sudest
to Dobodura with A-20s, first mission on 25 Mar.
USMC: Lost is F4U Corsair 56039 (MIA) and PV-1 33254. During the night of February 3, 1944 two PB4Y-1 Liberators from VMD-254 piloted by Major Christensen and Captian Yawn took off from Stirling Airfield on a photographic reconassiance of Truk spotting Musashi, a carrier, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and many other cargo vessels. Spotted, the Japanese Combined Fleet warships would depart by February 10, 1944.
History of the Marine Corps Aviation in World War II page 205-206