February 3, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Twelve P-51s strafe runways and buildings at Indaw Airfield.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s flying from Tarawa and Makin bomb Wotje, Maloelap and Mille;
B-25s from Tarawa and Abemama also hit Wotje and Maloelap; P-40s based on Makin bomb and strafe Mille.
USN - U.S. 27th Army defeat organized Japanese resistance Kwajalein.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 25
B-25s, escorted by 40+ fighters, pound the airfield at Tobera; 18 B-24s, covered
by 30+ P-38s and USN fighters, hit the airfield at Vunakanau. HQ 5th Bombardment
Group transfers from Guadalcanal to Munda.
68th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, transfers from Fiji to Torokina with P-38s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s
and B-25s carry out small raids against Ambon, Namlea and Amboina. 170+ B-24s, A-20s. and
B-25s bomb But Airfield and Dagua Airfield,
Marienberg and the Madang-Alexishafen area; P-39s bomb and strafe Atemble and
strafe targets of opportunity in the Alexishafen area. 672d, 674th and 675th
Bombardment Squadrons, 417th Bombardment Group, transfer from Cape Sudest to Dobodura with A-20s, first mission on 25 March. Lost is A-20G 43-9122 (MIA).