MONDAY, 29 MAY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): At dawn two B-25s photograph and bomb Shimushu and Matsuwa (secondary). During the early afternoon 2 B-25s escorted
by 4 P-38s strafe, bomb and sink a patrol boat in the Kurile. Later
4 other B-25s unsuccessfully attack 2 vessels off Shimushu.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 27 B-25s and 40+ fighter-bombers pound
troops and positions at Bhamo and Mohnyin, the railroad at Mogaung and warehouses
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Seven B-24s pound areas along the Burma Road, three
bomb the town of Wanling, Burma, and two B-24s attack a convoy of Hainan claiming a 250' freighter sunk. In China, 26 P-40s and P-38s attack
troops at Lushan, pound barracks and demolish 7 trucks at Yuanchu, bomb and
strafe the general area at Nanchang and destroy several buildings along the
Hsiang River N of Changsha; and 19th Liaison Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force,
attached to Y Force, moves from Ondal, India to Kunming with L-1s and L-5s.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): Operations are restricted to photo
missions over Wotje, Mille and Jaluit.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Major General James T Moore,
USMC, takes over as Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS). On New Britain,
almost 100 B-25s, P-38s, P-39s and a variety of USN aircraft pound the Rabaul
area, with AAF aircraft concentrating on the Nordup supply area and the others
concentrating on Hospital Point AA positions. On Bougainville, 24 P-39s
and 16 P-40s blast occupied areas west of Tinputs Harbor and at Arigua Plantation.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, B-24s pound
gun positions, defense areas and troops, as the first tank battle of the SWPA
is fought west of Parai on Biak; other B-24s pound airfields on nearby mainland
at Timoeka and Babo; A-20s, B-25s and P-47s, along with RAAF aircraft and a
few B-24s from the Biak strike, saturate the Wewak area with continuous air
strikes; in the Wakde-Sarmi battle zone, B-25s and P-40s hit forces in
the Mount Saskin area; B-24s of the Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Woleai and other nearby islands in the Caroline Islands.