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April 22, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SATURDAY, 22 APRIL 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A weather sortie is aborted soon after take off due to weather.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s hit Kamaing while 5 B-25s and 6 P-51s attack ammunition and other supplies at Hopin; 3 B-25s and 4 P-51s hit a village NE of Bhamo while 7 P-51s attack Gokteik Viaduct. Detachment of 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, Tenth Air Force, operating from Jorhat with F-7s returns to base at Guskhara.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 6 B-24s claim 4 freighters and a gunboat sunk near Cap-Saint-Jacques and 1 other knocks out a bridge SW of Vinh. P-40s on armed reconnaissance over N Burma destroy ten boxcars and a truck north of Lashio.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 21/22 Apr, B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wotje; other B-24s from Kwajalein follow with another raid on Wotje during the day. B-25s from Tarawa, using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming, bomb Jaluit, Maloelap and Mille.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40 B-25s bomb supply areas at Ratawul and Talili Bay, pound Keravat and hit the area between Rapopo and Cape Gazelle; and 40+ fighter-bombers attack the runway and gun positions at Rapopo while 9 strike Lakunai Airfield. During the night of 22/23 April, seventeen B-24s bomb Dublon, Param, and Eten at Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 20+ B-24s bomb airstrips on Noemfoor. 80+ B-24s and A-20s hit Boram Airfield, But Airfield and other targets in the Wewak area; 100+ B-24s and B-25s pound targets along Hansa Bay. All through the day B-25s and fighter-bombers, in flights of one to twenty plus aircraft, attack areas around Hansa Bay, Wewak, Bogia, Madang, and many other points along the north and east coast of New Guinea; many of the strikes indirectly support HQ 375th Troop Carrier Group moves from Port Moresby to Nadzab. Lost is P-47D piloted by McDonough (KIA).

US Army: "Operation Reckless" American amphibious landings at Humbolt Bay and Tanahmerah Bay near Hollandia. To the east, another force "Operation Persecution" lands to the east at Aitape to seize airfields and leap frog closer to the Philippines.

USN: Task Force 58 (TF-58) under the command of Vice Admiral M. A. Mitscher covers the "Operation Persecution" amphibious landings at Aitape and "Operation Reckless" amphibious landings at Humbolt Bay and Tanahmerah Bay near Hollandia and supports troop ashore for the next two days. Eight escort carriers from Task Force 78 (TF-78) under the command of Rear Admiral R. E. Davison fly cover and anti-submarine patrols for the attack group during the approach and provided support for the landing at Aitape. Carrier aircraft accounted for the destruction of 30 enemy aircraft in the air and claim 103 on the ground.

USMC: Lost in bad weather is PBJ 35087 (MIA).



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