February 22, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 70+ B-25s, P-51s, and P-40s again hit a variety
of targets in Burma; bridges are severely damaged or put out of use at Zawa,
Tindeinyan, Ye-u, Namkwin, and Loilaw; warehouses and supply dumps are hit
at Segyi and at Chantha, and the Pahok road and railroad junction are blasted;
also hit are targets of opportunity at Kawlum and along the Walawbum-Kamaing road.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): P-40s on armed reconnaissance strafe Kengtung Airfield, China and nearby truck convoy. At Bhamo, Burma a large rivercraft
is hit and left sinking.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): One B-24 bombs Kusaie. Eight A-24s and nine P-40s from Makin bomb Mille; One P-40 launches rockets
against Mille Airfield targets in the first such attack by a Seventh Air Force aircraft.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 20
P-40s and 40+ USN fighters cover 70 USN dive bombers attacking Keravia Bay shipping; 40+ B-24s, with fighter escorts, bomb Lakunai Airfield and Keravat Airfield.
370th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves
from Carney Field to Munda Airfield with B-24s. Lost on a test hop flight is P-39Q Airacobra 42-20107 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 30+ B-25s and P-39s attack
the Madang area. 60+ B-25s and B-24s pound Iboki Plantation in support of US Marines (USMC) advancing on the area from
Natamo (and who capture Perry Island). 319th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
90th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Dobodura to Nadzab with
USN: Lost are F6F Hellcat 40671 (MIA) and F6F Hellcat 04908 (MIA) on a fighter sweep over Saipan.
USMC: Engebi is declared secured and immediately repairs are underway at Engebi Airfield.