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June 10, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SATURDAY, 10 JUNE 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 23 B-24s bomb targets at Chauk, Lonywa and Yenangyaung while 29 others supply ammunition to the Imphal area; 50 A-36s, P-51s and P-40s blast targets at Myitkyina, Mogaung and Tapo. 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Sylhet to Sookerating with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 23 P-40s and P-51s hit railroad traffic and tracks at Linfen and Loning and a tank concentration at Lingpao; 6 P-40s hit a bridge at Tasa; B-25s, P-40s, P-51s and P-38s carry out 150+ sorties against numerous targets throughout the Tungting Lake area; numerous rivercraft are destroyed or damaged, Kukang and other villages WE of Changsha are bombed, Hankow Airfield and Wuchang Airfield revetments and buildings are pounded, the Changshowkai area is blasted and several river landings and storage installations in the lake area are attacked; three B-24s on a South China Sea sweep claim one small cargo ship sunk; and 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Hengyang to Lingling with P-51s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s staging through Eniwetok bomb Truk and Ponape during the night of 9/10 Jun. B-25s from Makin hit Nauru during the day.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Eight P-38s skip-bomb supply tunnels at Keravia Bay while four others strafe nearby AA positions; AA guns south of Rapopo are attacked by 12 B-25s, 20 P-39s, and 20+ US Navy (USN) dive bombers; other B-25s bomb Ratawul. 31 P-39s and 20+ USN aircraft hit Chinatown at Buka and a supply area northeast of Buka Airfield, a barge at Sohano, and on Bougainville, trucks near Tsirogei and a ford near Monoitu.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, A-20s hit Babo Airfield, destroying grounded aircraft, a fuel dump, several buildings, and a gun position; A-20s, B-25s, and RAAF aircraft hit the Wewak area with 100+ tons of bombs; Lost are A-20G 43-21299 (KIA), A-20G 43-9475 (KIA) and A-20G 42-86621 (1 survived, 1 missing). HQ 312th Bombardment Group and 387th and 389th Bombardment Squadrons move from Gusap to Hollandia (Group and 389th) and Nadzab (387th) with A-20s; air echelon of 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, that has been operating from Wakde with B-25s since 25 May, returns to base at Finschhafen. Lost on a training mission is P-38H 42-66841 (survived). Force landed is C-47A 42-100628 (survived).

RAAF: Spitfire A58-350 is damaged while landing at Garbutt Field.



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