February 7, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): A single B-25 bombs a motor pool at Sumprabum,
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 16 P-40s and 4 P-51s damage railroad bridges at Kienchang and Puchi and strafe warehouses at Teian. In French Indochina, 2 B-25s score 2 direct hits on the powerplant at Thanh Hoa, strafe nearby barracks, and attack the radio station at Vinh.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Tarawa and Abemama hit Wotje and Maloelap and P-40s from Makin hit a storage area at Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-40s join USN fighters in covering a USN dive-bomber strike on Tobera; several gun positions and grounded aircraft are hit and the runway is bombed into unserviceable condition; 11 aircraft are claimed shot down; Vunakanau Airfield is bombed by 17 B-24s, escorted by P-38s and USN fighters.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Fourteen B-24s bomb Amboina and Lautem. P-39s fly strafing sweeps over New Britain. Single
B-25s on reconnaissance bomb Garua Harbor, Cape Dampier on New Britain
and Kavieng. Lost near Saidor is L-4 Grasshopper 43-29071 (MIA). Transfers in New Guinea: HQ 35th Fighter
Group from Nadzab to Gusap;
HQ 417th Bombardment Group from Cape Sudest to Dobodura; 25th Photographic
Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group,
from Lae to Nadzab with F-5s; 110th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter), 71st
Reconnaissance Group, from Port Moresby to Gusap with P-39Qs.
RAAF: Lost on a mission against Kavieng is Catalina A24-24 (POW).