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May 25, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 25 MAY 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A single B-24 from Shemya flies a reconnaissance and bombing mission in the central Kurile Islands; another B-24 aborts due to equipment failure.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Twenty-eight P-38s sweep over the Mandalay area; 12 of them hit about 10 railroad cars near Shwebo, leaving them burning; B-24s hit targets in the Katha area, six of them bombing Indaw and 4 bombing the Naba rail junction area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s flying out of Engebi bomb Ponape.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 3 B-24s bomb Rabaul, Lakunai, and Rapopo; 8 P-38s hit Vulcan Crater barge hideout; 12 B-25s, clouded out of Vunakanau, hit the Talili Bay supply area. 15 B-25s, 32 P-39s and P-40s, and 25 USN dive bombers hit supply areas at Porton; four P-40s hit trucks at Monoitu Mission; 16 P-39s attack several targets of opportunity, including the Cape Lalahan radar station.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s attack shipping at Halmahera Island and in New Guinea, hit Mokmer and targets in the Wakde area; 90+ fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-25s, and B-24s pound numerous targets in the Wewak area. Units of the 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group moving in New Guinea: air echelon of 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), from Finschhafen to Wakde with B-25s; 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Gusap begins operating from Tadji with P-40s.

RAAF - Lost in an aerial collision is Vengence A27-49 (KIA) and Vengence A27-92 (KIA).



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