February 23, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 14 B-24s bomb airfields and other
targets at Akyab and Dabaing; 3 B-25s and 12 P-51s hit a radio station at Man
Pang; 4 other P-51s hit warehouses at Chantha.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Four B-25s attack two ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and hit railroad cars and engine shed at Van Trai Station, French Indochina.
4 P-40s strafe Lashio Airfield.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-40s from Makin bomb Mille; two small boats are destroyed by strafing; B-25s from Abemama hit Taroa. B-24s from Makin and Tarawa bomb Kusaie and Ponape and Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 4
B-24s on armed reconnaissance strafe the Cape Saint George area and bomb buildings
and pier at Labur Bay and 4 B-24s attack bivouacs in the upper Saua River area.
9 B-25s, with USN fighter support, bomb Vunakanau Airfield;
10 other B-25s hit Keravat Airfield; 16 P-38s dive-bomb the Vunapope supply
area and some attack the town of Rabaul; this is the first P-38 bombing raid
on the Rabaul area; (P-38s, now free from constant responsibility of guarding
bombers against interceptors, will continue to dive-bomb the Rabaul area through
Apr 44; during the latter part of this campaign against the famed Japanese
garrison, which is to be bypassed by Allied ground forces, P-39s will add their
strength due to completion of a runway at Nissan Island (Green Island);
by 20 Aprll only 120 of 1,400 buildings in Rabaul will still be standing).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Almost 50 A-20s and B-24s blast Wewak Airfield, buildings, and AA positions in the Wewak area. Units
moving from Dobodura to Nadzab: HQ 90th Bombardment Group and 320th, 321st and 400th Bombardment
Squadrons with B-24s; 500th and 501st Bombardment Squadron (Medium),
345th Bombardment Group (Medium), with B-25s.
USN: U.S. air attacks against Rota, Tinian and Saipan.