July 9, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 9 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 60+ A-36s, P-51s, P-47s, and P-40s
support ground forces and hit a bridge in the Myitkyina area, strafe gun positions
at Shwebo and targets along the Irrawaddy River in the Katha area, and attack
targets of opportunity in areas around Loilaw, Hopin, Mohnyin, Maingna, Anisakan,
and Onbauk; 19 B-25s hit storage sheds at Waingmaw and railroads and bridges
at Mohnyin, Naba, and Hopin. In India, HQ 443d Troop Carrier Group moves from Sookerating to Dinjan.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 40 P-40s and 8 B-25s hit the town area,
trucks, and supply sampans at Shayang and damage tunnel entrances and a highway
bridge at Sinyang. 5 B-25s bomb a power plant and building area at Tinh Soc,
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s hit the remnants of Japanese
forces on Saipan and Tinian.
B-25s from Makin bomb Jaluit.
USN: At 4:15pm Admiral Turner declared that Saipan was secure as organized Japanese resistance ends.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: A-20s
and fighter-bombers pound shipping, troops, and other targets at Babo Airfield, Manokwari, Efman, Biak and various points along the coastline of Geelvink
Bay; B-25s and fighter-bombers sink a 3,000-ton vessel and several barges around
Halmahera Island, Moluccas Islands; dumps at Marubian, Kairiru, and Niap and
a bridge at But are bombed by B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers; B-24s bomb Namlea Airfield and attack Yap and Woleai. Lost on an transport flight is C-47 "Shakes All Over" 42-23705 (MIA). Lost are A-20G 43-9499 (MIA / rescued), A-20G 43-21430 (MIA) and A-20G 42-86720 (MIA).