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March 30, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 30 MARCH 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Six P-51s hit Anisakan Airfield in Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Two B-24s fly a sea sweep from Kunming around Hainan and across the Gulf of Tonkin to Nam Dinh, French Indochina; en route, a freighter is strafed; 1 B-24s bombs spinning mills at Nam Sinh, causing considerable damage.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein and Eniwetok hit Truk before dawn. B-25s from Kwajalein and Tarawa strike Wotje, Mille, Jaluit and Maloelap.

USN - Lost on a strike to Palau is TBF Avenger 25217 (two rescued, one MIA) and SB2C 18454 (MIA).

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): During the night, two B-24s fly a snooper strike against Truk. During the day, eleven B-24s fly a long-range strike against Moen in Truk; the B-24s score damaging hits on the airfield and claim 11 fighters shot down; Lost is B-24D "Fuzzy Wuzzy" 42-40752 (MIA). In the Rabaul area, ten P-38s hit the southwest part of the town with incendiaries while 24 B-25s pound nearby Vunapope. On Bougainville fighters and B-25s, operating mainly in pairs, hit a supply area on the Mupeka River and Japanese-occupied areas at the mouths of Puriata and Mamaregu Rivers; Fighter-bombers continue to support ground forces along the Empress Augusta Bay perimeter hitting a bivouac and truck park at Numa Numa, fords across the Hongorai River, and a bridge across the Puriata River.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 60+ B-24s, with support from more than 90 P-38s and P-47s, hit Hollandia in the first big daylight raid; airfields and fuel dumps are bombed; a large number of enemy aircraft are destroyed or damaged on the ground; escorting fighters claim about 10 interceptors shot down; B-25s, A-20s, P-47s, P-40s, and P-39s continue to blast Japanese installations and forces in areas around Wewak, Tadji and Madang. Lost is P-38H 42-66746 (MIA). Moves in New Guinea: HQ 91st Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) to Nadzab from the US; and 342d Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, from Finschhafen Airfield to Saidor Airfield with P-47s.

USN: F6F Hellcat 40653 (MIA) is shot down on a mission over Peleliu.



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