June 12, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 12 JUNE 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 30+ B-25s continue to supply troops at Imphal with ammunition. 16 P-40s hit Mogaung and targets of opportunity in north Burma.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 50 P-40s, P-51s and B-25s hit troop
concentrations in the Yellow River area at Lingpao and S of Loyang; in the Tungting
Lake area about 100 P-40s and P-51s attack numerous supply boats and other river
and lake traffic, and hit dock areas and warehouses at Lanchi, Yuankiang and
at scattered points; also hit are villages and troops in the Changsha and Kuanchuang
areas; 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, moves from
Gushkara, India to Chengkung with P-51s.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): During the night of 11/12 June, B-24s from Eniwetok hit Truk and again during the day.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): Six B-24s
bomb runways at Tobera and Rapopo; 22 P-39s and 10 P-38s join 20+ USN aircraft
in attacks on supply dumps near Ralum; and 20 B-25s pound Malapau village. 44
P-39s hit Buka Airfield and on Bougainville, Tsirogei plantation,
barges and pier south of Kleine Island and the occupied area west of Komai.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Fierce ground
fighting continues on Biak while Japanese aircraft attack Allied ground
forces and shipping offshore; P-47s battle attacking aircraft, shooting down
several; P-47s and A-20s hit troop concentrations, communications and various other targets in the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas; 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Saidor to Biak with P-39s; and 386th Bombardment Squadron, 312th Bombardment Group, moves from Gusap to Nadzab with A-20s. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24s bomb Dublon Seaplane Base and Peleliu Airfield.
USN: Carrier aircraft attack targets in the Marianas including Guam. Lost over Guam is TBF Avenger 25424 (MIA). Elements of Special Task Air Group 1 (STAG-1) arrive at Banika Field, the first deployment of a guided missile unit into a combat theater.
JAAF: Shot down is Ki-46 Dinah pilot Tsutsui (KIA) off Point Blaze near Darwin.