June 18, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 18 JUNE 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 16 A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s hit Myitkyina and
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s and P-40s bomb Yoyang and hit
shipping and boats in the Siang-Chiang River delta area; P-40s and P-51s attack
about 100 supply boats in the lower Tungting Lake area, strafe cavalry forces
between Siangyin and Changsha, and hit a village just E of Changsha.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Makin pound Nauru. B-24s stage through Eniwetok to bomb Truk.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: A-20s,
B-25s, and fighters, along with RAAF aircraft, continue to pound supplies and
occupied areas along the coast in the Wewak area; and 80th Fighter Squadron,
8th Fighter Group, moves from Nadzab to Owi with P-38s. B-24s
hit targets in Truk. A variety of fighter and bomber aircraft unload 18
tons of bombs on numerous targets around Rabaul. Fighters
continue sweeps against targets of opportunity along coastal areas of Bougainville.
USN: Lost in a refueling accident is PT-107 "Black Magic" and PT-63.
Japan: Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tojo was forced to resign after the fall of Saipan and was replaced by Kuniaki Koiso.