March 9, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 9 MARCH 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-24s bomb Tavoy Airfield and office
area while 8 others hit the town of Mogaung; 10 B-24s, 16 P-51s, and 10 P-40s hit the town area, supply dumps and
road bridge at Kamaing the
bridge is knocked out; Ten B-25s score numerous hits on Indaw Airfield and
Katha Airfield; and P-51s, P-40s, and A-36s hit storage at Pyindaw, and support ground
forces at Walawbum and Shaduzup.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 18 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) B-25s
and 24 Chinese P-40s pound a foundry and floating docks at Shihhweiyao, China.
In French Indochina, 40+ P-40s carry out several sea sweeps off the coast and
fly armed reconnaissance over the NE; the fighters damage vessels off Campha
Port, strafe the airfield at Mon Cay, bomb Weichow Airfield (causing
heavy damage), hit barracks at Luc Nam, damage vessels at Hongay and bomb military
installations at Cao Bang.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s based on Abemama attack Taroa. B-24s from Tarawa hit Ponape and Kusaie.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-25s
bomb the dock area along the north shore of Simpson Harbor at Rabaul;
19 B-24s follow with a strike on Rabaul town
and wharf area and also hit airfields in the vicinity; and 40+ P-39s and
P-40s hit the dock area east of Simpson Harbor. Two squadrons of B-25s hit Japanese installations on the hills inland from Empress Augusta Bay. Detachment
of 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance),
begins operating from Munda Airfield with F-5s; the squadron is
based on Guadalcanal.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s pound Lorengau and other
targets on Manus. Numerous other Fifth Air Force aircraft carry out armed
reconnaissance over wide reaches of the SWPA, attacking a variety of targets. Foce landed is C-39 38-530 (crew survived).
IJA: During the early morning on Bougainville Japanese artillery shells Torokina Airfield forcing aircraft to immediately withdraw to avoid being damaged on the ground.
USN: Lost over Kapingamarangi (Greenwich) is PB4Y-1 "The Schooner" 32069 (MIA).
USMC: Lost in a mid-air collision is F4U Corsair 02618 (KIA).
RAN: U-183 fired a torpedo that hit and partially sunk is MV British Loyalty, later repaired.