May 17, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 17 MAY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 18 B-25s bomb Chauk oil installations
while 20 P-38s hit Kangaung Airfield; B-25s and fighter-bombers fly 90 sorties
against Mogaung Valley targets, hitting targets of opportunity at Kazu and Namti
and a bridge at Kamaing and supporting ground forces in the Myitkyina area.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-40s support ground forces at Mamien
Pass, hit Japanese positions at Tatangtzu, damage a bridge and several trucks
at Shweli, Burma, strafe troops at Luchiangpa and bomb and strafe a horse pack
train near Tengchung; 7 B-25s and 13 P-40s pound the Shayang barracks area and
hit troops and vehicles NE of Shasi.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wake while Engebi based B-25s hit Ponape.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 25
B-25s bomb Tobera Airfield while 43 P-39s, P-40s and P-38s, in conjunction
with 40+ USN dive bombers, blast the Vunakanau area; fighters on sweeps hit
a Nubai River bridge and strafe targets on Gazelle Peninsula. 39 fighter-bombers
hit numerous targets in Bougainville area, including the Muguai area,
a bridge north of Numa Numa, barges at Banin Harbor and the area around Ratsua.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, Allied forces
land without opposition near Arare after a naval bombardment; B-24s and B-25s
hit targets in the general vicinity at Sawar, Sarmi and the mouth of the Orai
River; 100+ B-24s, with P-38 escort, pound AA positions at Bosnik, Sorido and Mokmer, and supply areas and airfield on Noemfoor; 120+ fighter-bombers,
A-20s, B-25s and B-24s continue to hit the Wewak-Hansa Bay area; and HQ 49th
Fighter Group moves from Finschhafen to Hollandia.
USMC: Forty-two SBD Dauntless dive bombers from VMSB-244 and VMSB-236 dive bomb and strafe Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Lost is SBD Dauntless 28161 (MIA).