May 22, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 22 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-25s from Attu attack shipping strike near Paramushiru and bomb and strafe a picket boat, which is left
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, two B-25s attack a large concentration
of sampans in Honghai Bay; two other B-25s heavily damage a 150' cargo vessel
near Hong Kong; 22 P-51s pound the town of Anking and military area northeast of Nanchang;
24 P-40s hit the Sienning area, bombing a factory W of town, damaging a bridge
near town, and strafing numerous trucks in the vicinity; 23 P-40s hit road and
river traffic in areas around Loyang, Loning, and Itu; and 5 P-40s bomb Yangsin.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Eight B-25s based on Engebi bomb Ponape. Weather cancels other strikes.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 40+ P-39s, P-38s and P-40s
hit targets of opportunity in the coastal area near Talili Bay. Twenty-four B-25s pound Mioko Island. Forty plus P-39s bomb the Bonis supply area and blast four small bridges near Kieta.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s and B-25s
bomb Manokwari, shipping east of Cape Manggoear and storage areas and Sorido on Biak; P-40s hit supply and fuel dumps, trucks and other targets of
opportunity in the area of Wakde; B-24s, B-25s and fighter-bombers continue
to bomb and strafe various targets in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area; and HQ 348th
Fighter Group and 341st and 342d Fighter Squadrons move from Saidor Airfield to Wakde Airfield with P-47s. Lost are F-7A "Under Exposed" 42-73052 (KIA) and B-25D "Torrid Tess The Terror" 41-29692 (MIA).
RAAF: Lost are Anson A4-20 (KIA) and Boomerang A46-173 (KIA).