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July 3, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 20+ fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Myitkyina area, which also is covered by a ten plane combat patrol.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-24s bomb Yoyang railroad yards in the Tungting Lake area; B-25s and P-40s pound river shipping, bridges, gun sites, compounds, and villages at several locations, including Leiyang, Ssutang, Yungfengshih, and Tsungyang; B-25s drop ammunition to Chinese ground forces at Hengyang. In French Indochina, P-40s damage a bridge at Phu Lang Thuong and hit nearby targets of opportunity.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s continue to hit troops remaining on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. B-24s staging through Eniwetok bomb Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: P-38s and B-25s hit personnel and supply areas south of Kamiri and support invading ground forces as they push eastward along the north coast of Noemfoor. Efman, Manokwari, and Biak  are attacked by B-24s, A-20s, and fighters; the Wewak coastal area continues under sustained air attack as Allied aircraft pound targets including forces at Brandi Plantation and supplies and a bridge near But; Larat is also bombed; and the 70th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Nadzab to Hollandia with C-47s. B-24s hit airstrips, AA positions, and targets of opportunity in the Yap, at Woleai and at Peleliu; Saumlakki on Tanimbar is also bombed. Lost is P-39Q 42-19999 (MIA).

U. S. Army - 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (503rd PIR) make a paratrooper jump and landed unopposed at Kamiri Airfield and occupy Kamiri village.

USMC: SBDs from VMSB-235 dive bomb anti-aircraft positions while TBF Avengers bomb the runway at Tobera Airfield. Lost is SBD 54383 (MIA).

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