July 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 6 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, twelve P-40s attack a bridge near Myitkyina while 40+ others support ground forces in the area; several other P-40s attack
Maingna, barracks at Sahmaw, a train at Taungni, and troops at Sakangyi; 6
B-25s bomb Maingna and 2 hit Mohnyin; and HQ 311th Fighter Group moves from Dinjan to Tingkawk Sakan.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s, P-40s, and P-51s continue to
pound river shipping, bridges, troop concentrations, road traffic, and general
targets of opportunity throughout a wide area around Tungting Lake and along
the Yangtze River; hit particularly hard are the town area and supply depot
at Sinshih; B-25s near the Burma border cause considerable damage at Tengehung
and drop supplies to Chinese ground forces on the Salween front, and during
the night of 6/7 Jul bomb Tien Ho Airfield.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Brigadier General LaVern G. Saunders
becomes Commanding General XX Bomber Command with his headquarters at Kharagpur.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s bomb and strafe forces on
Saipan, Rota, and Tinian. B-24s staging through Eniwetok pound Truk during the night of 5/6 July and follow with another raid during
the day. B-25s, based at Makin hit Nauru. The 333d Fighter Squadron,
318th Fighter Group, moves from Bellow Field to Saipan with P-47s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s,
A-20s, and fighter-bombers continue to pound the Wewak area, concentrating
on troops south of Matapau; Lost is P-39N 42-18813 (MIA). B-25s and fighter-bombers sweep the north coast of the Vogelkop Peninsula and offshore islands, hitting targets of opportunity; other
fighter-bombers hit the Manokwari area and buildings at Ransiki, Moari, and
Oransbari; airfields, gun positions, communication targets, and supply dumps
in the area around Babo and Babo Airfield are
hit by B-24s, A-26s, A-20s, and P-38s. B-24s bomb the town and warehouse area
of Yap and a few hit Woleai Airfield.