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April 15, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): During the night of 14/15 April three B-24s on armed reconnaissance mission over Matsuwa and Onnekotan hit several targets including Matsuwa Airfield; reconnaissance over Paramushiru fails due to overcast.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Twelve B-24s attack shipping and other targets at Port Blair. Twelve P-38s hit Heho Airfield, destroying several parked airplanes. 19th Liaison Squadron, US Army Forces, CBI, arrives at Kanchrapara, India with L-5s (first mission is in Jun 44).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-25s knock out a bridge at Viet Tri, French Indochina, and damage another.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Major General Robert W Douglass Jr becomes Commanding General Seventh Air Force. B-25s based on Tarawa, bomb Maloelap Atoll, rearm at Majuro and hit Jaluit and Mille on the return trip.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-25s bomb an ammunition dump on Talili Bay; 11 P-39s follow with a strike on the same target; 3 P-38s fire the Vunapope supply area; other fighter-bomber strikes on the same area are cancelled by weather. A few P-38s hit targets in the NE part of Bougainville. 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Munda to Momote with B-24s.

USN: Avengers from VT-305 bomb the runway of Lakunai Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 180+ B-24s, B-25s and A-20s bomb landing strips, off-shore islands and the entire coastal area in the vicinity of Aitape; 16 P-40s strafe barges at nearby Seleo Island; 20 P-39s hit villages, supply dumps, trucks and other targets along Hansa Bay and in the Alexishafen area. Crashed on takeoff is L-5 piloted by Stalone (KIA). Crashed attempting to perform a rescue is OA-10 Catalina piloted by Matson (MIA).

RAAF: Lost is Wirraway A20-480 (crew missing)

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