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May 28, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SUNDAY, 28 MAY 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s fly reconnaissance and drop bombs on Shimushu and Matsuwa. One B-25 and P-38s fly a guardship coverage mission, two other B-25s fly a negative anti-shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 B-24s pound Kalemyo while 8 B-25s hit Tiddim road; 50+ fighter-bombers and a few B-25s hit various targets at or near Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin and Sahmaw; 76 fighter-bombers and 24 B-25s bomb marshalling yards at Namma and Katha, hit several targets in the Mohnyin-Hopin area, and bomb a railroad between Naba and Namma. 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, based at Dinjan with P-51s sends a detachment to operated from Kurmitola.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 14 P-40s in support of ground forces in the Salween area strafe oil storage at Hsiangta, bomb and strafe the Watien area, and destroy a bridge and damage another on the Shweli River N of Tengchung; and 2 B-25s sink a patrol boat and damage another near Saint John Island.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): 29 B-25s stage from Eniwetok bomb Jaluit, and land at Makin. B-24s from Eniwetok bomb Saipan and Guam; those bombing Guam turn south to Los Negros to rearm while the others return to Eniwetok. B-25s flying from Engebi bomb Mille. B-24s escort USN photo planes over the Marianas.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 3 B-24s, followed by 23 B-25s and 12 P-38s, blast Lakunai Airfield; 33 P-39s and P-40s join 40+ USN dive bombers in a strike on Tobera Airfield. Five B-25s hit Namatanai supply and personnel area. On Bougainville Island, fighter-bombers hit the Tsundan supply area, huts and buildings at Gohi, Nova and Monoitu, suspected barge hideout near Tonolai, and AA guns on Ballale.

RNZAF: Lost on a bombing mission to Vunakanau is TBF Avenger NZ2530 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-24s and B-25s in support of ground forces on Biak, hitting villages, supply areas, troop concentrations and gun positions on Biak, Noemfoor, and Japen; A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers blast troop concentrations, AA positions and supply dumps in the Wewak area; A-20s supporting ground forces in heavy fighting in the Sarmi area, hit positions with minimum-level strikes. B-24s bomb Boela and 421st Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command, based at Nadzab with P-70s, sends a detachment to operate from Wakde. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s bomb the airfield on Woleai.



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