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April 28, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 P-38s blast the Tiddim road, causing a roadblock; in the Mogaung Valley 80+ A-36s, P-40s, P-51s, and a single B-25 pound the same general targets hit on the 27 Apr; in the Mandalay area seven B-25s knock out a railroad bridge south of Myingatha and a canal bridge between Ye-u and Kinu.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 26 B-24s, escorted by 10 P-51s, damage 2 bridges over the Yellow River N of Chengchow (the capture of which by Japanese troops is acknowledged by the Chinese who evacuate Hulaokuan), and pound a nearby storage area; 2 P-40s on armed reconnaissance strafe a troop column NE of Tengchung; 3 B-25s on reconnaissance damage a small steamer off the east coast of Hainan; 16 P-40s and 6 B-25s pound Yangsin while 18 P-40s, P-38s, and P-51s strafe Nanchang barracks.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s based on Makin strike Jaluit and Mille, using Majuro as a shuttle base between strikes. A single B-24 from Kwajalein bombs Emidj first, then rearming at Makin and attacking Jabor and Enybor during the return flight.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-25s bomb the Vunapope supply area and Rapopo Airfield; and 30 fighter- bombers hit the runway and revetments at Vunakanau. 15 P-39s pound gun positions near Mamagata and hit nearby bivouac and supply areas. Lost is B-25G 43-4512 (MIA).

USN: Avengers from VT-305 take off on a bombing mission against Rabaul but abort due to bad weather.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 160+ B-24s and B-25s bomb airfields on Wakde, Biak and Efman Island; 180+ P-47s, P-39s, A-20s and P-70s hit a variety of targets along the north and northeast New Guinea coast including villages and supply areas in the Wewak and Boram areas, barges and troops at the mouth of the Sepik River and Murik Lakes, and enemy communications and hideouts from the to Cape Croisilles. 21 B-24s of the Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb the airfield on Woleai Atoll.

RAAF: Lost is PBY "Maggie" A24-49 (MIA).



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