July 3, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 3 JULY 1944
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
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,
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).