May 15, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 16 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, about 70 B-25s and fighter-bombers
hit the Myitkyina and Hogin areas; 11 B-24s hit Ywataung and Sagaing marshalling
yards and the town of Akyab.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 8 B-24s blast the motor pool and warehouse areas
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein pound Wake. B-25s from Makin hit Nauru and Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40+
fighter-bombers hit the Vunakanau area; fighters on sweeps hit barges at Jacquinot
Bay and Mioko Harbour, vehicles at Kurakakaul, Mandres Bay and Vunarima, and
N of Vunakanau, a small vessel in Mandres Bay and a sawmill at Keravat. On Bougainville, fighter-bombers hit occupied areas at Tunuru, near Kieta and Manetai
Mission and Tinputs.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Aircraft continue
to pound a variety of targets including airfields and supply areas on Noemfoor and Biak, AA guns, supplies and occupied villages in the Wakde
Island-Maffin-Sawar coastal area, and bridges, villages, troop concentrations and AA positions;
8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group, moves from Nadzab
to Hollandia with A-20s; and 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, moves
from Gusap to Hollandia with P-47s. Lost is B-24D "Ready, Willing and Able" 42-41078.
RAAF: Written off is P-40E Kittyhawk NZ3011.
Royal Navy: Corsair JT160 (MIA) and Corsair JT132 (MIA) suffer an aerial collision over Sebago Lake in Maine.