February 5, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s and sixteen P-38s join
USN aircraft to fly air cover in several relays during retirement of US light
cruisers and destroyers following bombardment of installations in the Kurabu
Cape to Musashi Bay areas; shortly afterwards, the aircraft also photograph and
attack installations at Paramushiru and Shimushu.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma during the early morning hours, eight B-24s bomb at Heho Airfield while 6 others hit Aungban Airfield; Nine B-25s follow with strikes on Heho Airfield, Sagaing and Myittha Airfields. During the daylight hours 14 fighter-bombers hit the marshalling yard at Wuntho; during the night of 5/6 Feb, 9 B-24s again hit Heho and 4 bomb Aungban.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 8 B-24s during the night of 5/6 Feb bomb Bangkok. 3 others hit Nakhon Nayok and an unidentified airfield on the Mekong River both in French Indochina. Two B-24s and two B-25s attack a convoy east of Hong Kong and claim two freighters and three smaller cargo vessels sunk. In Burma, 4 P-40s on armed reconnaissance strafe a big wagon and truck column N of Hsenwi; 4 others bomb and strafe Hopang, causing large fires in the village.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-40s from Makin dive-bomb and strafe oil storage area, radio facilities, and small craft at Jaluit; P-39s strafe runways at Mille Airfield.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 P-40s join 40+ USN fighters
in covering a strike by more than 60 USN dive bombers on Lakunai. This strike is followed by an attack of 13 B-24s, with 30+ P-38 and USN fighter escort, on the same target.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 70+ B-25s and
A-20s attack the Hansa Bay area; 48 B-24s pound Hoskins Airfield, and some
also bomb Gasmata, after
weather prevents an attack on Kavieng.
B-24s fly a light raid on Kaimana. B-25s on armed reconnaissance
in the Bismarck Sea claim 1 freighter sunk; others bomb wrecked ships off New Hanover.
RNZAF: Lost are P-40N NZ3120 (MIA) and P-40N NZ3126 (MIA).