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February 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SUNDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 12 P-51s hit warehouses and freight cars at Wuntho, Burma and claim 4 warehouses destroyed.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 11 P-40s on armed reconnaissance strafe sampans and power launches between Yoyang and Puchi, China. 6 B-25s knock out bridges and damage 3 trains at Anxuan, Tien An, Phong Loc and Dong Hoi, French Indochina.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Tarawa hit Maloelap and Wotje; A-24s and P-40s from Makin attack Mille. P-39s from Tarawa strafe Jaluit.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-39s and RNZAF Ventura's hit barges in the Green Island area. Lakunai Airfield is hit by 32 B-25s, covered by 60+ AAF and USN fighters, and shortly afterwards by 19 B-24s, escorted by nearly 50 Allied fighters; Allied aircraft claim 16 aircraft shot down; Lakunai is practically unserviceable as a result of cumulative damage.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s and B-24s pound Bunabun Harbor, Madang, and targets from Bogia to Cape Croisilles; P-39s strafe and sink barges near Nubia; and A-20s hit shipping near Kairiru and Mushu causing considerable damage and destruction. Other bombers hit targets in the Admiralties, concentrating on Momote and carry out light attacks on Talasea village and Cape Dampier gun positions on New Britain Island. Lost are P-39N piloted by Gilpatrick (KIA), B-25D "Sticky Kitty" 42-87286 (MIA).

USMC: Lost on a mission against Rabaul is F4U 55916 (MIA).



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