March 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 6 MARCH 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 4 B-25s knock the center span out
of the Sittang bridge and blast 2 AA positions; 14 B-25s lay mines around Kham
Yai bomb nearby Prong and hit the marshalling yard at Pegu; 18 P-51s and P-40s attack Sawnghka bridge with poor results, start fires
near Lalawng Ga, and bomb dumps near Walawbum. A flight of the 20th Tactical
Reconnaissance Squadron, AAF India-Burma Sector (attached to Tenth Air Force),
begins operating from Kisselbari with P-40s; the squadron is based at Guskhara.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): A-24s and P-40s from Makin bomb
and strafe runways at Mille Airfield. B-25s from Tarawa pound Wotje Airfield.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On Bougainville, P-39s hit Monoitu Mission and huts and bridge on the Miwo River. 24 B-25s with fighter
escort, pound Tobera, while 24 B-24s and 12 P-38s hit Kavieng and Panapai Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s continue to hit Japanese
forces on Los Negros. B-24s bomb the airstrip and other targets
in the Awar-Nubia area;
P-39s and RAAF aircraft hit Japanese forces around Madang. P-39s and P-38s strafe and dive-bomb the Cape Hoskins-Talasea area in support of the U. S. Marine landing. 405th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group
(Medium), moves from Port Moresby to Nadzab with B-25s. Lost is C-47A "Our Lillian Ethel Form 1A" 42-24228 (MIA) and P-39Q 42-19939 (KIA).
IJA: On Bougainville, the Japanese Army began actively probing and patroling around the American perimeter
around Piva and Torokina in advance of their planned counterattack.
land at Volupai on the Willaumez Peninsula in preparation for an advance to Talasea.