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March 22, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

WEDNESDAY, 22 MARCH 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Japanese troops move into India from Burma and penetrate to 30 miles east of Imphal. In Burma, 100+ fighters and fighter-bombers over the Mogaung Valley attack troops, storage, and other targets and cause several fires throughout the area; 20+ P-51s and B-25s carry out ground support missions in the Mawlu area near Katha; near Rangoon four B-24s set fire to the target. P-38 damages railroad bridges and several trucks at Pyinmana. 92d Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, arrives at Karachi from Italy; they will be equipped with P-47s and enter combat on 1 Jun.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 4 B-25s from Yangkai hit several targets in and around Phu Dien Chau, Ha Trung, Dong Giao and Nam Dinh; results include 3 locomotives destroyed and another damaged, 3 125-ft (38 m) steamers damaged, and a bridge roadbed weakened; 1 B-25 is lost.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Abemama and Tarawa bomb Mille and Jaluit. 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy), ceases operating from Makin and returns to base on Kwajalein with B-24s.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 30+ fighter-bombers hit a supply area along the Laruma River. Thirteen B-24s carry out small strikes against Buka, Monoitu, Kahili, and Kara. 23 B-25s pound Lakunai Airfield, 10 B-24s bomb Tobera, and a single B-24 hits Rabaul.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 130+ B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and P-40s attack the Wewak area, hitting enemy positions, AA guns, storage areas at Wewak, Boram, and Yeschan and hitting shipping offshore at Kairiru Island. Japanese HQ and troops are hit by 25 other aircraft in the Aitape-Tadji area; P-47s hit barges at Alexishafen while P-39s hit a HQ and supply dump along the Bogadjim Road: and A-20s hit barges near Pondo Plantation and hit Ewasse village. 49th FG P-40 bomb the Tadji area. Lost are A-20G 43-9133 (KIA), P-40N piloted by Cash (KIA), P-38J "Marge" 42-103993 (survived) and B-24D "Weezie" 42-41081 (KIA) on a courier flight.



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