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May 24, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two bombers fly weather and photo reconnaissance over Shimushu and bomb the Matsuwa area.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 20+ P-40s in the Myitkyina vicinity destroy 8 barracks buildings and knock out a railway bridge and a machine gun post; a single B-24 bombs Gwa in the Arakan area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin pound Wotje and Jaluit using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming between the strikes. B-25s based at Engebi hit Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): In the Rabaul area of New Britain, 19 P-38s, P-40s and 22 B-25s attack Hospital Point gun positions; 2 other B-25s hit the town of Rabaul; fighter patrols hit various targets of opportunity in the Rabaul area and southern New Ireland. In the Solomon Islands, 51 P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s, and a single B-24, attack various targets including Buka Airfield, east Bougainville coastal bridges, and Lahan radar station.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): A-20s hit Namber Airfield and Kamiri Airfield; 200+ A-20s, P-38s, P-47s, P-39s and B-25s continue to blast targets of opportunity in the Wewak-Hansa Bay area throughout the day.



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