May 7, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 7 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-38s hit the Kangaung area; four P-40s
hit targets of opportunity along the road from north of Nanyaseik to Kamaing. 4
B-24s lay mines in the Gulf of Siam off Sattahib, Thailand.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-25s hit vehicle concentrations W
and NW of Hsiangcheng and bomb the town of Chiahsien and 4 P-40s destroy at
least 25 trucks between the 2 towns; 8 P-40s destroy or damage 40-60 trucks,
tanks and other vehicles during road sweeps from Loyang to Yenshih and from
Yehhsien to Paofeng; 8 P-40s strafe forces and equipment E of Luchou, while
4 hit railroad targets of opportunity at Lang Son, French Indochina.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 6/7 May B-24s staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk. B-25s from Engebi hit Ponape during the following day. Makin based B-25s bomb Jaluit and Wotje.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 15 B-25s, hampered by bad
weather, attack a coastal gun on Cape Friendship, Bougainville Island and bomb
the west coast of Rantan Island, Solomon Islands; 70+ P-39s, P-38s and P-40s
bomb numerous targets throughout Bougainville including shipping
and supply area at Chabai and Tsirogei, huts at Hiru Hiru, near Tonu, and at Monoitu and bridges west of Haigi and on the Miwo River.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s, B-25s
and P-40s hit Urarom, Biak, Hollandia-Wakde coast, and Sawar-Maffin
Bay area; A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers again attack targets of opportunity
from Wewak to the area around Hansa Bay and strafe villages along the Sepik
River; Lost are B-24D "Toughy" 42-40525 (MIA) and P-38J "Jandina III" 42-103980 (pilot survived). 90th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group,
moves from Nadzab to Hollandia with A-20s.