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February 27, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SUNDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 30+ P-51s and A-36s and 2 B-25s hit ammunition dumps near the Kamaing-Walawbum road, warehouses, railroad and power facilities, bridges, and targets of opportunity in the Ye-u and Tindeinyan areas.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 4 B-25s fly a sea sweep from Vinh to Nam Dinh, bombing the Nam Dinh distillery and railroad yards; no ships are sighted. 8 P-40s hit the railroad bridge at Puchi, China, rendering it unusable.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): A-24s and P-40s from Makin pound Jaluit and Mille, while B-25s from Abemama hit Wotje and Mille; B-24s from Makin and Tarawa bomb Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 16 P-39s strafe barges and other targets of opportunity along the southwest coast of Bougainville throughout the day. Vunapope is attacked by 21 B-24s and 24 B-25s (both forces supported by fighter escorts) and by 14 P-38s; P-40s and USN fighters cover a USN dive bomber strike AA positions at Lakunai Airfield. Three P-38s strafe a radar station at Cape Saint George. Lost is P-38 pilot 1st Lt. George I. Gombert, Jr. (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Colonel Jarred V. Crabb becomes Commanding General V Bomber Command. 30+ B-24s, with P-40 support, hit Boram Airfield, Wewak Airfield and Tadji Airfield, 27 B-25s hit the Hansa Bay area, and over 30 A-20s attack Alexishafen and Marakum village 30+ other B-25s attack Momote, Lorengau and other targets. P-39s maintain armed reconnaissance over New Britain.

USN: SS President Grant runs aground on Uluma Reef (Suckling Reef). The grounding begins a 112 day effort is undertaken to free the ship but it is abandoned and sinks.

RAAF: Vultee Vengance dive bombers 23 Squadron and 24 Squadron escorted by P-40N Kittyhawks from 78 Squadron attack Alexishafen Airfield. Returning, lost is Vultee Vengeance A27-83 (crew rescued).



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