May 10, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): The Eleventh directs its components to place more
emphasis on photographing and bombing of specific targets instead of general
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS: In a drive to free the Burma
Road, Chinese troops cross the Salween River on a 100-mi (160 km) front and
attack Japanese positions in N Burma.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ B-25s, A-36s, P-51s, P-40s and
10 B-24s blast numerous targets, concentrating on barracks and storage in the Myitkyina-Mogaung vicinity and also hitting gun positions and bridges at Kamaing and railroad siding and buildings at Mohnyin; 16 P-38s destroy several aircraft
in strikes on Aungban and Kangaung Airfields.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): P-40s sink 6 large junks and damage several others
in Fan Tou Bay, China and destroy several trucks between Wan Pa-Hsa and Mong
Ho Pung, Burma. 28 P-40s bomb Tengchung, China town area, strafe a nearby truck
convoy, damage bridges at Tingka, China; Bac Le, French Indochina; and Hsenwi,
Burma; hit a power dam at Tasa, French Indochina; bomb a tank and truck dispersal
area at Hsiangcheng, China; and hit 30+ railroad cars at Lang Giai, Dong Dang
and Na Cham, French Indochina.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wake during the night of 9/10 May. During the day, B-25s from Engebi bomb Ponape while B-25s based at Makin raid Jaluit and Wotje.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 41
fighter-bombers attack Tobera Airfield; eleven B-25s hit Matupi; fighters on a sweep, hit trucks W of Keravat. On Bougainville,
4 B-25s bomb Majuai Mission; 61 P-39s (some back from the Tobera strike) and
12 P-40s attack targets throughout the Bougainville area, including
a bridge over the Crepers River, a supply area at Mawareka, a barge at Chabai,
a village on Schwarze Point, a pillbox at Gohi and the general area of Porton
Plantation. Lost is SBD Dauntless NZ5051 (MIA).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): 120+ B-24s, A-20s
and fighter-bombers, along with RAAF aircraft,
maintain attacks on targets of opportunity along the northeast coast from the Hansa
Bay area to Wewak; 2 B-24s hit Mokmer
Airfield. 45 B-24s of the Thirteenth Air
Task Force bomb the Eten Airfield and warehouse area at Dublon.