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March 1, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): XI Strategic Air Force (Provisional) is activated at Shemya . It includes all units of the XI Bomber Command and XI Fighter Command stationed at Near Island, and is only a tactical operating agency without administrative functions.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-40s score 3 hits on a bridge at Namkwin; four others hit the Myitkyina Airfield dispersal area; 56 A-36s and P-51s attack stores and personnel areas at Sawnghka. 93d Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, arrives at Karachi from Italy; they will be equipped with P-47Ds and enter combat on 14 Aug. Moves in India during March: 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, from Jorhat to Moran with P-40s; 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, AAF, India-Burma Sector (attached to Tenth Air Force), based at Gushkara sends detachments to Chakulia and Kharagpur with P-51s (first mission is 28 Mar).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 14 B-25s and 16 P-40s pound a military zone in the NE part of Nanchang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): A-24s and P-40s from Makin hit Jaluit and Mille while B-25s pound Maloelap. During March, 531st Fighter Squadron, Seventh Air Force, moves from Makin to Bellows Field with A-24s.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 10 B-24s from the 5th BG, 23rd BS and 11 B-24s from 5th BG, 31st BS bomb Kahili Airfield, damaged by anti-aircraft fire, B-24D "Snow Job" 42-41230 force landed; P-38s hit Ballale and Buka; P-39s bomb and strafe Monoitu Mission. Lost on a training mission is B-24D 42-40877 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SW100+ B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter aircraft, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) about 30 B-24s and B-25s hit Los Negros and Lorengau. Other B-24s and B-25s drop supplies to Allied pound forces on Los Negros. Aircraft, pound Hansa Bay, Awar Point, an airfield in the Wewak area, and enemy installations and positions at Madang, Alexishafen, and Saiba. 82nd TRS Airacobras strafe barges off Madang, lost is P-39Q piloted by Graham (KIA).

Detachment of 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, ceases operating from Port Moresby and returns to Finschhafen with F-5s. Moves in New Guinea during Mar: HQ 309th Bombardment Wing from Lae to Saidor; 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Reconnaissance Group, from Dobodura to Finschhafen with B-25s; 65th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), from Dobodura to Nadzab with B-24s.



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