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May 13, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A single B-25 flies a shipping strike and strafes two fishing vessels.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, nearly 100 P-40s and P-51s over the Mogaung Valley hit gun positions, bridges, support ground forces (near Nanyaseik) and hit numerous targets of opportunity throughout the whole valley; 12 A-36s hit positions near Maungdaw; 19 B-25s pound several points along the road and bomb troop concentrations at Bishenpur; 30+ B-24s, B-25s, A-36s, and P-51s hit Indaw, Taungbaw and Mohnyin; and 11 B-25s bomb Monywa.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 19 B-25s hit storage and warehouse areas at Mangshik and Lungling, a bridge at Hsenwi, truck and tank concentrations SW of Loyang, and town area of Lungling; 39 P-40s hit military installations at Mengta and Tating, a village N of Kaitou bridge at Tingka and a truck concentration at Yingyangchen.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 771st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 462d Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), arrives at Piardoba from the US with B-29s; first mission is 5 Jun.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein bomb Truk during the early morning hours. Other B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Maloelap and Jaluit. B-25s from Engebi hit Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Fifty plus P-39s and P-40s attack piers at Ratsua, Porton, Chabai, and Tarlena; Thirty plus fighter-bombers hit various targets, including a supply area southeast of Bonis, Chabai town, a village near Ibu, and huts and villages along the Numa Numa Trail; 3 B-25s hit coastal guns at Hahela Mission. Twenty-one B-25s and 40+ P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s pound supply areas at Talili Bay. Fighter sweeps over N New Britain and New Ireland Islands continue; many targets of opportunity are strafed. 370th, 371st, 372d and 424th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Munda, and Guadalcanal (424th Bomb Squadron) to Los Negros with B-24s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s hit dispersal areas on Japen, supply areas and AA guns at Bosnik, Sorido Airfield, Namber Airfield and near the Moemi River; B-24s and B-25s hit airfields in the Wakde-Maffin-Sawar-Arare area; 200+ fighter-bombers, A-20s, and B-25s thoroughly pound airfields, bridges, fuel dumps, vehicles, villages, AA guns, and supply areas in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area; and 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group, moves from Nadzab to Hollandia with A-20s.

USN: Lost is PV-1 Ventura 48934 (MIA).

RAAF: Lost on a ferry flight is P-40N A29-434 pilot rescued the next day.

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