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April 21, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 21 APRIL 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s and 14 P-51s hit Indaw and Mawlu, causing several fires in supply dumps and in the general target areas; 12 B-25s bomb the camp and supply area at Kamaing. 8 B-24s bomb storage and fuel dumps at Lashio and bomb Namtu; 13 B-24s bomb Maymyo while 5 B-25s knock out 3 bridges in the Tangon area; and 4 P-51s knock out a bridge at Shweli.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 P-40s fly armed reconnaissance over roads in Burma, strafing bridges, buildings, steamrollers, trucks, and troops in areas around Takaw, Bhamo, Loiwing, Kutkai, Hsenwi, and Lashio; at least 3 steamrollers and 7 trucks are destroyed.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein hit Wotje. B-24s from Eniwetok, staging through Kwajalein, bomb Truk. B-25s from Engebi bomb Ponape. Abemama based B-25s, using Majuro as a shuttle base, bomb Jaluit and Maloelap. HQ 7th Fighter Wing and 21st Fighter Group are activated at Fort Shafter and Wheeler Field respectively to provide air defense of the Hawaiian Islands. No squadrons are assigned to the group until 15 Jun. 531st Fighter Squadron, Seventh Air Force, moves from Bellows Field to Kuoloa with P-38s.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): HQ 307th Bombardment Group is ordered to move from New Georgia and Guadalcanal Islands to the Admiralty Islands, where it will become part of the Thirteenth Air Task Force, serving operationally under the Fifth Air Force. In spite of heavy weather in the Bismarck Archipelago, 24 B-25s blast Matupi supply area and 11 P-39s, closed out of Rabaul due to bad weather, bomb Tinputs Harbor instead.

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): 21 B-24s bomb airstrips on Noemfoor. About 320 B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s hit numerous targets in the Tadji, Wewak and Madang area.

USN - Task Force 58 (TF-58) under the command of Vice Admiral M. A. Mitscher with a force of five heavy carriers and seven light carriers organized in three groups and launch carrier aircraft to strike airfields around Hollandia, Wakde and Sawar as the assault convoy approaches Hollandia and Aitape on the north coast of New Guinea.



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