February 12, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-40s hit the town of Ransa and motor convoys south of Sumprabum; 40 P-51s and A-36s attack bivouacs at Walawbum, bivouac and motor pool at Padaw, storage area at the road junction near Chishidu and the town of Chishidu; 30+ P-51s and B-25s hit camps between Tsumhpawng Ga and Walawbum, storage area and motor pool S of Kamaing, motor convoy on the Myitkyina-Sumprabum road, the town of Namting and bridges at Meza and Kanni. 59th Fighter Squadron, 33d Fighter Group, arrives at Karachi from Italy; they will be equipped with P-47Ds.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Nine P-40s pound the warehouse area at Wanling, Burma. In French Indochina, 6 P-40s bomb the barracks at Vinh and strafe Dong Cuong Airfield, railroad yards at Cam Duong, and sampans at Phu Tho; Five B-25s on a sea sweep in the Gulf of Tonkin claim 2 trawlers sunk and hit shore targets of opportunity SW of Haiphong; a single B-25 damages a bridge at Ha Trung. 24 P-38s, P-51s, and P-40s intercept 25 Japanese fighters near Suichwan, China, claiming 7 shot down; 2 US fighters are lost.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Tarawa and Abemama hit Wotje and Maloelap; A-24s and P-39s from Makin bomb and strafe Mille.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23 B-25s, with US Navy fighters in support, bomb Tobera Airfield; 21 B-24s, escorted by P-39s and USN fighters, pound Vunakanau Airfield. Lost is B-24D "The Wicked Wench" 42-72818 (MIA). P-40s join USN fighters in covering a USN dive-bomber strike on Lakunai.
USMC - Lost is SBD Dauntless 35954 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Brigadier General Carl W. Connell
resumes command of the V Air Force Services Command. About 50 A-20s blast occupied
areas southeast of Wewak. Lost on a flight is C-47A "Ghost of Billie L" 42-23713 (survived).