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April 19, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

WEDNESDAY, 19 APRIL 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25s and 8 P-51s attack troops and stores NW of Banmauk; 10 P-38s hit Meiktila Airfield; and 5 P-51s attack troop positions near Mawlu and a bridge at Shweli.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 3 B-25s damage a bridge at Thanh Moi, French Indochina and score hits on railroad and buildings S of the bridge. 4 P-40s attack the village of Takaw, Burma, causing several fires and sink a ferry-boat in the area.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): XX Bomber Command is assigned to HQ Twentieth Air Force. 769th and 770th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy), 462d Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) arrive at Piardoba from the US with B-29s; first mission is 5 June.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s staging through Eniwetok bomb Truk. B-25s strike Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Twenty-one B-24s bomb Satawan Airfield, hitting the target area with about 50 tons of high explosives. 38 fighter-bombers hit Matupi supply areas while seven bomb Rapopo Airfield. Fighters hit the Numa Numa area.

USN: Avengers from VT-305 take off on a bombing mission against Rabaul, but the primary and secondary targets are obscured by bad weather and the strike is aborted.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s hit Urarom and Manokwari; B-25s, A-20s, and fighter aircraft strike a wide variety of targets around Hollandia, Aitape, Bogia, Uligan, Bunabun, Madang and Cape Croisilles. B-24s of the Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Woleai Atoll. Unit moves in New Guinea: HQ 49th Fighter Group from Gusap to Finschhafen; HQ 317th Troop Carrier Group from Port Moresby to Finschhafen; the detachment of the 82d Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter), 71st Reconnaissance Group, ceases operating from Finschhafen with returns to base at Saidor with P-39s.



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