March 19, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 19 MARCH 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20+ B-25s and P-38s hit Wuntho; 70+
fighter-bombers and 2 B-25s over the Mogaung Valley bomb supply dumps, enemy
positions, and targets of opportunity throughout the area, concentrating attacks in and near Kamaing, Mogaung and Sumprabum; and 16 P-51s
hit barracks and a supply area at Meiktila Airfield while B-25s
hit Indaw. 82d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 12th Bombardment Group (Medium),
arrives at Tezgaon from Italy with B-25s; first mission is 21 Apr.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s, 9 P-38s and 3 P-51s on a Yangtze
River sweep damage several river vessels, hit a fort at Chihchow and bomb Nanchang
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein. B-25s
from Abemama and Tarawa hit
Maloelap, Jaluit, and Mille. A single B-24 from Tarawa bombs Mille and photographs Mille and Majuro.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 30+ fighter-bombers
over the Rabaul area
pound an ammunition dump and other targets around Cape Tawui; and 24 B-25s
blast the Vunapope area, concentrating on workers' quarters. 24 B-24s bomb Panapai
Airstrip causing considerable damage to the runways.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 100+ B-24s,
B-25s, A-20s and P-47s pound the Wewak area,
hitting the Cape Moem and Cape
Boram areas; other B-25s and
P-39s, along with RAAF aircraft, bomb the Hansa Bay, Nubia, Madang, and Alexishafen areas
and hit targets along Bogadjim Road; and 130 B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and P-38s
virtually destroy a supply convoy proceeding from Wewak toward Hollandia sinking at least five vessels. P-40s attack a bivouac area and AA on Garove Island. Lost are B-24D "Big Ass Bird II" 42-72801 (MIA), B-25D "Miss Ellen" 41-30185 (MIA), A-20G 43-9477 (crew rescued) and P-38H piloted by Weiss (MIA).