WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s hit Kohima and Kalewa; 28
fighter-bombers pound ammunition dumps and other supplies at Mohnyin and N of
Nanyaseik; 9 P-38s hit Meiktila Airfield area; and 7 P-40s attack Lakatkawng
and support ground forces in the area; 88th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group,
moves from Mokelbari, India to Shingbwiyang with P-40s and during the month,
a detachment begins operating from Myitkyina.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 7 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW)
B-25s bomb the Mihsien town area and also hit numerous vehicles and troops NE
of Mihsien, between Yochou and Hsuchang, at Chihsien and N of Yenling; the B-25s
also strafe the town of Hsiangcheng; 4 B-25s and 8 P-40s pound storage area
at Tangyang airfield; 10 CACW P-40s score 11 direct hits on a bridge over the
Yellow River NW of Chenghsien, and destroy 15 trucks and many troops between
Loyang and Luchou. In French Indochina, 10 other P-40s on armed reconnaissance
sink 9 sampans near Cat Ba Island, knock out a bridge at Bac Le, damage another
at Kep, and pound Na Cham railroad yards.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Kwajalein bomb Wotje while others, based at Makin strike both Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a rearming base between raids.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): On Bougainville, eight
P-39s bomb buildings at Monoitu; 17 others, in the course of six missions, hit
targets of opportunity, including Japanese-occupied huts and buildings at Toiemonapu, Tinputs and Sisiruai, and bivouacs at Tarlena, Ratsua and Mawareka. On New Britain
24 B-25s bomb Kulon Plantation and a personnel concentration to the
NE. Allied fighter sweeps over the northern Solomons and the Bismarck Archipelago continue.
P-40s returning from the New Britain area bomb Pororan Island off Bougainville.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 72 B-24s, B-25s
and A-20s thoroughly blast Wewak and Boram
Airfield in a single raid; about
120 A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers, operating throughout the day, hit the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas, including targets at Nubia, Uligan, Mushu
Island, Wewak and Boram. Lost is A-20G "Big Nig"
43-9436 (crew rescued). Airfields at Maffin Bay are bombed by B-25s. 7th and 8th Fighter Squadrons, 49th Fighter Group, from Finschhafen and Gusap respectively to Hollandia with P-40s; 65th Troop Carrier Squadron,
433d Troop Carrier Group, based at Nadzab with C-47s, begins operating from Tadji.