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July 1, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SATURDAY, 1 JULY 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): At dawn four B-24s radar bomb through overcast southern Shimushu and Kurabu Cape Airfield on Paramushiru.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, eight P-40s fly ground support missions in the Myitkyina area; 2 B-25s bomb rail targets at Mohnyin and Naba. In India, the 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3d Combat Cargo Group, moves from Sylhet to Fenny with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s and fighter-bombers again pound targets throughout the Tungting Lake region; river shipping is attacked on a large scale at numerous locations and 250-300 trucks are strafed between Tungcheng and Pingkiang; Hengyang Airfield is bombed as are the towns of Pingkiang, Hengshan, Liling, and Yuhsien; a pontoon bridge and Japanese positions at Leiyang are also hit; B-24s lay mines in the river at Canton during the night; the detachment of the 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, operating from Hsinching with F-7s, returns to base at Guskhara; and the detachment of the 71st Liaison Squadron, AAF, India-Burma Sector, operating from Kunming with L-4s and L-5s, returns to base at Ledo. During Jul, the detachment of the 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, operating from Yunnani with P-40s returns to base at Chengkung; and the 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Lingling to Liuchow with P-40s.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 444th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and 676th, 677th, 678th and 679th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy) move from Charra to Dudhkundi with B-29s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s fly bombing and strafing missions over Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. B-24s staging through Eniwetok hit Truk during the night of 1/2 July and follow up with another raid during the day. Makin based B-25s bomb Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Namlea Airfield and hit shipping throughout the Ambon-Ceram-Boeroe area; other B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and fighter-bombers hit airfield, AA guns, bivouacs, supplies, and Japanese defenses on Noemfoor in preparation for Allied landings on 2 Jul; Manokwari Airfield is also bombed; bombers and fighters continue to pound the Wewak coastal area; many of the strikes are in conjunction with US Navy (USN) motor torpedo (PT) boats; and the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Nadzab to Owi with P-38s. A few B-24s on armed reconnaissance bomb targets on Yap and Peleliu; Lost on a courier mission is B-25D 41-30182 (MIA). During Jul 44, HQ V Fighter Command moves from Nadzab to Owi, Schouten Islands; and the 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Finschhafen to Hollandia with C-47s.

RNZAF: F4U Corsairs from 14 Squadron conduct a low level bombing mission over Erventa Island.



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