March 11, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 11 MARCH 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ fighter-bombers (P-40s, P-51s
and A-36s) and 2 B-25s hit fuel and ammunition dumps, gun positions, roads
and general targets of opportunity in or near Saungka, Pandaw, Walawbum, Labang
Gahtawng, Shaduzup and Mogaung.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 10 P-40s damage 3 barges
at Campha Port, hit buildings on Weichow, China and attack the town area at
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s, operating out of Kwajalein,
for first time, carry out the Seventh's first raid from the Marshall against
Wake. P-40s and B-25s, operating from bases in the Gilberts pound Mille and
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40+ B-24s
and B-25s, supported by 20+ P-38s, pound Rabaul town
area; and 20 P-40s bomb Vunapope. On Bougainville , 43 P-40s bomb the Mosigetta area while four B-24s pound Monoitu Mission.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Twelve B-25s pound Lorengau while 7 B-24s bomb enemy positions to the west of the town, as the preliminaries
for invasion of Manus increase. 80+ B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s
hit Boram Airfield while 40+ A-20s and P-39s attack targets in the Madang area;
P-47s strafe the Hansa Bay area; other aircraft carry out armed reconnaissance
and sweeps over wide reaches of NE New Guinea and the New Britain coastal
64th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from
Dobodura to Nadzab, New
Guinea with B-24s. Lost are B-24D "Heaven Can Wait" 42-41216 (MIA), P-47D piloted by Gerrity (MIA) and P-47D 42-22896 (MIA).
1st Battalion, 5th Regiment
made an unopposed landing at Linga Linga Plantation on Eleanora Bay.
RNZAF: Damaged is PV-1 Ventura NZ4540 during take off from Munda Airfield and afterwards was written off.