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April 4, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

TUESDAY, 4 APRIL 1944

ZONE OF INTERIOR: HQ Twentieth Air Force is activated in Washington, DC as a strategic air force with global operating area.

IJA: The Japanese Army begins their move towards India by attacking Kohima, an offensive doomed to failure by supply problems and typhoon season. The Japanese will loose over 30,000 men to disease and starvation.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 120+ fighter-bombers and 4 B-25s hit rail lines, storage areas and Japanese held villages around Mogaung and Myitkyina and support ground forces near Kamaing and Myitkyina; during the night of 4/5 Apr, 14 B-24s bomb the Moulmein railroad yards and jetties and hit a Japanese HQ nearby at Nagorn Sawarn; and 25 P-51s and P-38s attack Aungban Airfield and Anisakan Airfield.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): P-38s on armed reconnaissance strafe and destroy 2 big fuel dumps, 12 fuel trucks, and 15-20 troops in the Wan Mong Kang, Burma area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night, B-24s bomb Truk. Lost is B-24J 42-100216 (MIA) and B-24J 42-100394 (MIA). B-25s from Abemama and Tarawa, followup during the day with raids on Ponape and Jaluit and Maloelap.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Twelve P-40s hit a barge hideout in Gazelle Harbor; Ten B-25s rained out of Rabaul instead bomb Buka Airfield, Twenty-three P-39s hit the Aitara area, and 11 P-40s bomb the Mamaregu barge hideout; Twenty-four P-38s pound Mamagata, Dio Dio, and the Miwo River area; and ground support missions along Empress Augusta Bay are carried out by a variety of fighters.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 50+ B-24s pound the Wewak area; and 12 P-39s hit villages, bridges and wooded areas along the coast from Cape Gourdon to Bogia.



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