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
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;
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
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.