June 3, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 3 JUNE 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-25s and two P-38s fly guardship cover; 2 other
B-25s fly a negative shipping search.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 B-25s pound the Imphal-Tiddim
road while a few P-40s hit the Mogaung area; the B-25 ammunition lift to the Imphal area continues.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-40s support ground forces at Watien
and Tatangtzu, destroy 2 barges and damage others in the Gulf of Tonkin, and
strafe 40 barges carrying horses and troops in the Tungting Lake area N of Nanhsien;
B-25s, P-40s, and P-51s pound the Pingkiang area.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s staging through Eniwetok strike Truk in a pre-dawn raid; B-25s from Engebi bomb Nauru. HQ 15th Fighter Group moves from Wheeler Field to Bellows Field.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): All scheduled strikes on the
Rabaul area of New Britain are cancelled due to weather conditions. 20+
P-39s, turned back from the Rabaul area, hit the Tsundawan-Porton road, vehicles
in the Komai area, and AA position at Kara.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-25s, A-20s
and B-24s hit Timoeka Airfield and nearby villages, shipping off Manokwari, Seroei positions north of Mokmer Airfield, Sorido Airfield and Kamiri Airfield; P-38s and P-47s battle fighters over Biak and
over the Babo area, lost is P-38J 43-28516 (MIA); P-47s and P-40s hit Sawar Airfield, supplies and fuel dumps in
the Sarmi and Orai River areas, and hideouts and occupied areas along the coast;
B-24s and fighter-bombers maintain consistent pounding of numerous targets in
the Wewak-Hansa Bay coastal region; HQ 49th Fighter Group moves from Hollandia
to Biak; and the ground echelon of the 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron,
71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins a movement from Saidor to Biak;
the air echelon operates from Saidor with P-39s. B-24s of the Thirteenth Air
Task Force bomb Eten and Dublon.