July 8, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 8 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 30+ A-36s and P-40s hit a bridge at Myitkyina and support ground forces in the area; 12 B-25s also pound Myitkyina.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, B-25s and fighter-bombers fly nearly
100 sorties against targets in the Tungting Lake area; river shipping is hit
hard throughout the whole lake area; trucks, bridges, warehouses, supply dumps,
troop concentrations, Japanese posts, and targets of opportunity are attacked
at Sinshih, Sinyang, Leiyang, Liling, Chuchou, Puchi, Siangsiang, and Yuhsien;
18 B-24s bomb military area near Canton, and 37 P-40s attack Japanese-held
villages and river shipping NW of Canton; 20 Japanese aircraft bomb Suichwan
Airfield, rendering it temporarily unusable; enemy aircraft also damage Kanchou
Airfield. In French Indochina 10 P-40s hit shipping all along the coast while
5 B-25s knock out 2 bridges at Cam Lo.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s fly fighter-bomber operations
against troops on Saipan, Pagan, and Tinian. During
the night of 7/8 Jul B-24s stage through Eniwetok and bomb Truk,
more B-24s follow with another raid during the day.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Medium
bombers and fighter-bombers hit fuel dumps, barges, villages, and various other
targets at Babo, Fak Fak, Sagan, Kokas, at the mouth of the Maroe River, along Cape Kariensore, and west
of Namber; B-25s, A-20s, fighter-bombers and a few B-24s attack Wewak, hitting barges, gun positions, and communication
targets. Lost on a transport flight is B-17E "Queenie" 41-2464 (MIA).