June 25, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 25 JUNE 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s bomb the airfield at Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 50+ B-25s make an ammunition run to Imphal.
In Burma, 60+ A-36s, P-51s, and P-40s pound Myitkyina and Mogaung; 2 B-25s bomb
the Mohnyin-Mawhun railroad.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 31 B-25s, P-40s, and P-51s hit the towns
of Siangtan and Ichang, attack sampans at Wukou, destroy about 50 trucks and
strafe concentrations of troops and horses in the Tangyang- Pingkiang and Siangtan-Yungfengshih
areas, and pound river dock and sampans at Siangsiang; 7 Chinese-American Composite
Wing (CACW) B-25s bomb the Shayang storage area; 23 B-25s and P-40s bomb a storage
area and damage a bridge at Chenghsien; and 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter
Group, moves from Lingling to Kweilin with P-40s.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan carry
out reconnaissance and strafing missions over Saipan and Tinian. B-24s
from Kwajelein hit Truk and Wotje.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Wewak area continues under attack of Fifth Air Force and RAAF aircraft; personnel
areas at But, Dagua, and Suain and barges at Mushu and Kairiru
Islands are hit;
P-40s and B-24s strike Kamiri Airfield while A-20s, P-47s, and B-25s hit villages
along the Tor River and P-47s hit tanks along the Wiske River; and air echelon
of the 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance
Group, based at Nadzab begins operating from Hollandia with F-5s. B-24s pound Yap and Sorol Atoll, lost is B-24J 44-40598 (MIA). B-25s and fighters, along
with other Allied aircraft, hit AA positions near Vunapope and blast plantations
along Wide Bay.
USN: Returning from a mission to Noemfoor, grounded is PT-193 "Bitchin' Witch" the crew and passengers were rescued and the PT-Boat was destroyed to prevent it falling into enemy hands. Captain Lt. Cyrus R. Taylor was mortally injured by a premature explosion during the scuttling and later died aboard hospital ship HMS M.