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April 12, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 90+ P-40s, A-36s, P-51s, and B-25s over the Mogaung Valley support ground forces, bomb supply areas, and hit numerous targets of opportunity in areas around Mogaung, Myitkyina, Kamaing, Taungni, and Shaduzup; 5 B-25s knock out a bridge at Natmauk while 2 others damage the Pyu bridge near Rangoon; 5 B-24s bomb Nagorn Sawarn while 7 hit the Moulmein railroad station and jetties and bomb the SE part of Prome.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s flying out of Abemama bomb Maloelap, rearm at Majuro, and hit Jaluit on the return trip.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): HQ 5th Bombardment Group is ordered to move from Carney Field and Munda Airfield to Los Negros where it will form the nucleus of the Thirteenth Air Task Force. On New Britain, 23 B-25s and 11 P-39s pound the west section of Rabaul, 7 other B-25s cause considerable damage in the Ratawul supply area; 23 fighter-bombers blast the concrete runway at Vunakanau Airfield. Twelve fighter-bombers bomb and strafe the Numa Numa Trail and pound the Numa Numa Harbor area.

USN: Avengers from VT-305 bomb Talili Bay suppy area.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and P-39s bomb and strafe various targets at Wewak, Madang, along Hansa Bay and on Karkar; other P-39s fly a barge sweep from Alexishafen up the coast as far as the mouth of the Sepik River. Two B-25s bomb Penfoei. Lost are B-24D "Yankee Doodle Dandy" 42-40077 (POW/MIA). Ditched is B-25D "El Croco" (crew rescued) and A-20G 42-86723 (crew rescued) and B-25G 42-64835 (MIA).

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