May 8, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 8 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-24s and 9 B-25s bomb Moirang and
a village to the north causing considerable damage including the destruction of
a road bridge. Twelve P-38s hit Kangaung Airfield.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Engebi strike Ponape while Makin based B-25s pound Jaluit and Wotje,
using Majuro as a shuttle base between strikes. B-24s that landed at Los
Negros after the strike on Guam on 6 May return to the Marshalls, bombing Ponape en route.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Fighter-bombers pound Tobera
Airfield and strafe targets of opportunity in the area.
two squadrons of B-24s bomb gun positions at Sohano and Hahilia, New Britain. On Bougainville,
30+ P-39s and P-40s hit areas around Porton, Tsimba, Tarara, Kieta, Numa Numa,
Tsirogei and at several
other points and B-25s blast the coast near Banin, hit Sohano,
and bomb Bonis Airfield and Buka Airfield. 390th Bombardment
Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), based in the Renard Field with B-25s, ceases operating from Stirling.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, B-24s and P-40s
operating in the Geelvink Bay area attack Mokmer
Airfield and nearby shipping;
A-20s and fighter-bombers continue to pound targets of opportunity along the
northeast New Guinea coast from Wewak to Hansa Bay and along the Sepik River.
USN: USS Bennett (DD-473) was patrolling the Shortland Islands area when puffs of smoke from 140mm Naval Guns were observed on Poporang Island with four shells straddled the destroyer.