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May 30, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 30 MAY 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): One B-25 and two P-38s fly guardship cover.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 B-25s attack the railroad between Namma and Hopin; B-25s and fighter-bombers fly 100 sorties against railroad targets, hitting tracks, rolling stock, stations, and bridges in the vicinities of Mogaung, Myitkyina, Hopin and Loilaw; the Imphal-Tiddim road is bombed by 3 B-24s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 48 fighters support ground forces in the Mamien Pass-Watien-Chiangtso area; 31 supply aircraft drop food and ammunition to friendly forces in the Mamien Pass area; 13 B-25s damage the Wan Pa-Hsa, Burma bridge and bomb Lungling, destroying 6 warehouses and starting several big fires; 8 P-51s hit railroad targets of opportunity on sweeps from Peking, Chengting, Pingting, Linfen and Puchou; 16 P-38s and P-51s dive-bomb installations at the W end of the Nanchang bridge, causing much damage; 5 B-25s and 12 P-40s strafe troops, supplies, and occupied strongpoints at Loyang and at several locations along the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers;

JAAF: Japanese air strikes on Hengyang Airfield and Liangshan Airfield destroy four US aircraft, damage several others, and blow up a fuel dump.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Engebi bomb Ponape, which is also hit by B-24s returning from the shuttle base on Los Negros. Two forces of B-24s from Kwajalein strike Truk and Wake.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 23 B-25s bomb personnel areas NE of Tobera; 40+ P-38s, P-40s and P-39s bomb a supply dump near Ratawul. On Bougainville, 33 P-39s and 8 P-40s demolish bridges at Kirinani and over the Siaibai River; a log ramp over the Miwo River is damaged and a road between the Purlata River and Kiaraba is hit; the fighter-bombers also attack the runway at Buka Airfield, Chabai barge anchorage and Soraken supply area.

USMC - SBD Dauntless dive bombers from VMSB-241 dive bomb anti-aircraft gun positions around Kavieng Airfield. Damaged and shot down by anti-aircraft fire is is SBD 54217 (MIA), SBD 36630 (rescued) and SBD 36661 (pilot rescued, gunner MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s hit enemy positions as fighting on Biak slacks temporarily; other B-25s bomb the airfield and nearby AA guns and fuel at Timoeka Airfield; B-24s and A-20s hit Japen; in the Wakde Island-Sarmi battle area, B-25s bomb and strafe the shoreline from the NW of Sawar to Sarmi Point; the Wewak area is again blasted by 70+ A-20s, B-24s and B-25s, along with RAAF aircraft. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s hit Truk and Woleai and Puluwat, Caroline Islands.

Australian Army: General Stanley G. Savige Commanding Officer (C. O.) II Corps took a reconnaissance flight over northern Bougainville observing pillboxes and bunkers and began planning an amphibious landing by the 31st/51st Battalion at Porton Plantation to bypass these defenses and allow them to advance across the peninsula to Chindawon.

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