February 21, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ P-51s and A-36s and a few B-25s
hit a command post at Shingban, the town of Mohnyin, a bridge at Loilaw, a
camp at Shaduzup, 2 bridges at Namkwin, and warehouses and other buildings
at Kawlin and Wuntho; fighter-bombers attacking a fuel dump at Pin Hmi drop
bombs in the wrong area; B-25s, escorted by RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes, score
effective hits on a tunnel on the Maungdaw-Buthidaung road.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Tarawa and Abemama hit Ponape, Kusaie, and Jaluit. B-25s from Abemama bomb
Maloelap. P-40s from Makin hit Mille. US forces gain complete
control of Eniwetok Island. 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Seventh
Air Force, arrives at Hickam Field from the US with C-47s.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Fifteen
B-24s bomb Lakunai Airfield; four others, with fighter support, attack the airfield
at Rapopo; 20 P-38s join USN fighters in covering a USN dive bomber strikes
on Lakunai gun positions. In Bougainville, three B-24s bomb Kara
Airfield while P-39s hit buildings at Tsundawan and in the area south of Tabut,
and bomb barges and jetty in the Matchin Bay area.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Almost 30 A-20s
hit Madang and the Hansa Bay area. On New Britain, P-39s hit Raiven
Plantation; 40+ B-24s bomb the Rein Bay and Eleonora Bay areas; others attack
shipping off New Hanover sinking Kokai Maru and Kowa Maru. Lost on a transport flight is B-25D "Available Jones" 41-30374 (MIA). Crashed in an emergency landing attempt is L-5A "Termite" 42-98085 (survived). Lost is P-47D 42-22941 (survived).