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March 8, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Aleutians, bombers fly negative search and patrol missions for an enemy submarine; B-24s fly cover for a convoy en route from Adak to Shemya.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 28 P-51s hit the airfields at Anisakan, Shwebo, and Onbauk, destroying 30+ Japanese aircraft; later 5 B-25s and 2 P-51s hit Shwebo, scoring hits along the runway and in the dispersal area and leaving several Japanese aircraft aflame; 3 B-25s hit 2 bridges at Lalawng Ga and Warazup, knocking out the latter; and 16 A-36s and P-51s hit targets of opportunity from Chanmoi to Shaduzup.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, based at Kunming with P-51s sends a detachment to operate from Nanning.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s striking from Makin bomb Ponape and Kusaie. A-24s and P-40s, also from Makin bomb and strafe runway at Mille Airfield and AA positions at Mille. Tarawa based B-25s pound Wotje.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23 B-24s and 23 B-25s pound Rabaul, blasting Chinatown and the wharf area; 46 P-40s and P-39s pound the dock area east of Rabaul; Nine P-38s, turning back from Rabaul bomb Buka Airfield. 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), based in the Renard Field with B-25s begins operating from Stirling. Lost is B-25D 42-87320 (rescued).

IJA: During the morning, Japanese Army artillery emplaced near Hill 250, Hill 600 and other locations began bombarding the beachhead at Torokina and Piva Airfield on Bougainville. This bombardment proceeded a three-pronged assault against the American perimeter.

USN: Lost is PBY Catalina 48259 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s carry out a number of low-level strikes as Allied ground forces capture Lombrun Plantation, virtually completing the capture of the island. 70+ B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s bomb Nubia Airfield and Awar Airfield; the bombers and escorting fighters claim 17 aircraft shot down in the Wewak area, lost is B-24D "Sunshine" 42-41225 (MIA). On a fighter sweep over Aitape attacking barges, lost is P-38J 42-103987 (MIA). Fighters continue to strafe coastal targets in NE New Guinea and on New Britain. 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Port Moresby to Nadzab with B-25s.

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