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; Eight 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
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).