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April 11, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 11 APRIL 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s attempting to fly a photographic and bombing run over Matsuwa installations, two turn back; the third bombs the Matsuwa Airfield runway area.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 17 P-51s and B-25s fly ground support missions and bomb a road near Maungkan; Mogaung Valley targets are pounded by 50+ fighter-bombers and 2 B-25s; targets include HQ and stores at Sahmaw, HQ and ammunition dump SW of Mogaung, troops at Myitkyina, and targets of opportunity to the south, a gun position S of Kamaing, and HQ at Waingmaw.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 3 B-25s hit railroad targets of opportunity N of Vinh and seriously damage a bridge S of Thanh Hoa.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (XX Bomber Command): Units arriving in India from the US: HQ 444th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and 676th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) at Charra with B-29s (first mission is 5 Jun); and 25th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 40th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), at Chakulia with B-29s (first mission is 5 Jun).

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s hit Ponape, rearm at Majuro, and carry out a shuttle mission against Jaluit and Maloelap.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Thirteenth Air Task Force (Provisional) is created by General George C Kenney, Commanding General Allied Air Force (Southwest Pacific Area), from elements of the Thirteenth Air Force and other units. About 40 fighter-bombers hit the E section of Rabaul while 12 others strike Talili Bay ammunition dump; 24 B-25s blast supply areas at Ratawul. On Bougainville Island, 20+ fighter-bombers are dispatched against coastal gun positions but fail to locate their objective; twelve of the fighter-bombers bomb Aitara while two claim destruction of a bridge near Mawareka.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 80+ A-20s and B-25s, supported by 30 P-47s and P-40s, blast AA positions, stores, dumps and personnel areas at Hollandia; 50+ B-24s bomb barges, AA guns, and other targets along Hansa Bay which is also hit by 12 B-25s. 12 other B-25s bomb targets on Karkar Island. Lost are P-47D 42-75291 (MIA), P-47D 42-22953 (MIA) and P-47D 42-75289 (MIA). Later that afternoon, P-47D 42-76059 (MIA) while searching for the three missing P-47s.



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