June 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 14 JUNE 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s fly extensive photo reconnaissance over
the central and north Kurile Islands; they are attacked by about 20 fighters of which
3 are damaged.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): A few P-40s hit the Mogaung, Burma area. In India,
21 B-25s continue ammunition supply to the Imphal vicinity; and 436th Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Majhaiganj to Tezgaon with B-24s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 43 P-40s attack river shipping, troops
and villages in the Tungting Lake area, at or near Lanchi, Changsha, Chulianchiao
Saipan - American forces begin their invasion of Saipan. After 27 days of fierce fighting, Saipan is liberated.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): 80+
B-25s, P-38s, P-39s and USN aircraft hit supply areas and underground storages
along the north shore of Gazelle Peninsula from Vulcan Crater to Vunapope; Ralum, Keravia Bay and Vunapope stores are the hardest hit. P-39s fly twenty-seven sorties along
the eastern shoreline of Bougainville from Bonis to Kieta, hitting Monoitu, Bonis and a pier at Kieta Mission.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, A-20s, B-25s
and P-39s hit the Wewak area; B-24s bomb Kamiri Airfield; A-20s hit the airfield
at Babo, the Orai River bridge, and fuel dumps and other targets near the river's
mouth. B-24s bomb Halong Seaplane Base. Lost on a recon mission is B-24J 42-73197 (MIA).