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April 23, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s fly weather and photographic reconnaissance within 100 miles of the Kurile Islands and photograph Matsuwa.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 P-51s, 8 B-25s and 51 RAF Vengeances attack Thetkegyin, Manipur bridge, Tiddim road and Japanese positions at Indaw. 12 P-38s hit Kangaung Airfield near Meiktila; and 21 B-24s bomb railroads and jetties at Moulmein and Martaban.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 14 P-40s pound an artillery post at Sienning and cavalry forces at Kuan-Fou-Chiao; 2 P-40s strafe barracks S of Tengchung and 2 P-38s hit a truck convoy and barracks south of Chiengmai. Four P-40s blast a motor pool at Lashio.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 58th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) moves from Chakulia to Kharagpur.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s based at Kwajalein hit Truk and Wotje. Makin based B-25s hit Ponape, Jaluit and Maloelap.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Weather again curtails strikes, but several fighter-bombers hit Tobera and 20+ B-25s blast Matupi. 72d Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, moves from Makin to Haleiwa Field with P-39Qs.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s continue to hit airstrips on Noemfoor; they claim 14 air victories. 90+ B-24s bomb Wewak Airfield, Boram Airfield and But Airfield, a road near Boram, and track and villages south of Dagua while 80+ B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s pound AA positions, airfields, stores and troop concentrations along Hansa Bay. Throughout the day A-20s, P-47s, P-38s, and P-39s pound various targets along Hansa Bay, in the Wewak area, and in the vicinity of Uligan Harbor and Cape Croisilles. 20+ B-24s of the Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb airfield and supply areas on Woleai Atoll. 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Port Moresby to Finschhafen, New Guinea with C-47s.

U. S. Army: American troops capture Hollandia, Tumleo and Selo Islands, and objectives around Tadji.

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