May 5, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 5 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-38s hit targets along Tiddim road;
3 B-25s bomb the Thayaung Airfield area; 80+ P-40s, P-51s, A-36s and B-25s carry
out support of ground forces, hit gun positions and supply dumps, attack troop
concentrations and blast numerous targets of opportunity throughout the Mogaung
Valley; 3 B-25s and 6 fighter-bombers hit an ammunition dump N of Mohnyin; and
12 P-38s bomb a large warehouse E of Monywa. 6 B-24s lay mines in the harbor
off Koh Si Chang Island, Thailand.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Eleven B-24s bomb docks and shipping at Haiphong. In Burma, P-40s damage bridges at Hsenwi and Wan Pa-Hsa and
hit barracks and destroy several trucks at Kentung. In China, eight B-25s and twenty-three
fighter-bombers attack the warehouse area at Chiuchiang, causing large fires;
25 CACW B-25s and P-40s thoroughly pound Sinyang marshalling yard and storage
area; and 10 P-40s sweep the road from Loyang to Juchou, claiming 40-50 vehicles
and numerous troops destroyed.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 4/5 May B-24s
from Kwajalein stage through Eniwetok and bomb Truk. During
the day B-25s from Eniwetok strike Ponape. Ten B-25s from Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje using Majuro as a rearming
base between the attacks. Lost is B-24J 44-40332 (MIA).
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Twenty-four
B-25s bomb gun positions at Buka and 34 P-39s hit various targets
on Bougainville including buildings at Porton, Chabai and
Kohiso, a pillbox on Pau Island and a road near Tsundawan; supply area at Chabai is bombed by 12 other P-39s; P-40s bomb buildings at Kieta and at nearby Rigu
Mission. Fighter patrols continue over the Northern Solomons and Bismarck
USMC - PBJ Mitchells from VMB-413 took off from Green Island (Nissian) on a strike against Tobera Airfield. Lost is PBJ-1 35143 (MIA). Off Efaté force landed is F4U 02270 (survived).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s bomb Mokmer
Airfield while B-25s hit supply areas at Wakde
Island and along the coast of Maffin Bay; A-20s and fighter-bombers again pound targets around Wewak and along
the coast of Hansa Bay, hitting supply and personnel areas, warehouses and occupied