July 11, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 11 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ fighter-bombers pound barracks
at Myitkyina, bridges at Namkwin and Mohnyin, Lashio Airfield, and targets
of opportunity at several other locations, including Nanyinbya, Indaw, Katha,
Bhamo, and the Anisakan-Shwebo area; and 11 B-25s hit bridges at Hsenwi.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 28 B-24s bomb a storage base at Sinshih;
24 P-40s hit river traffic at Hengyang and E of Siangsiang; Twenty-two other P-40s attack
the town of Hengyang, hitting Japanese-occupied buildings and a bridge; 33 more
P-40s attack villages, road traffic, and targets of opportunity at Leiyang and
from Chuchou to Hengyang to Yungfengshih; 3 B-25s bomb Liling and Yuhsien; 14
P-51s bomb the town of Pakmoi Hu and hit gun positions at Lupao; 8 B-25s pound
railroad yards at Sinyang; 12 B-25s and 14 fighter-bombers bomb Mangshih on
the Burma Road and support Chinese ground forces between Tengchung and Lungling;
and the 93d Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, moves from Karachi to Kwanghan with P-47s.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s pound forces on Tinian and Pagan. The 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh Air Force
(attached to VII Fighter Command), based at Kipapa Airfield sends a detachment to operate on Saipan with F-5s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In New Guinea, B-24s
pound airfield at Babo while A-20s hit supply dumps at Kokas; B-25s bomb Manokwari Airfield, Waren Airfield, and Moemi Airfield during the night; A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers
support ground forces in the Sarmi-Sawar area and bomb airfields, shipping,
and various occupied areas and installations on Halmahera, on Boeroe, Palau and Woleai; and the
65th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from
Nadzab to Owi with B-24s.
U. S. Army:
During the Battle of the Driniumor River while walking along the Anamo-Afua Trail, SSgt Gerald L. Endl was part of a platoon that was ambushed and rescued his comrades that were wounded and cut off, while carrying out the last man he was hit by gunfire and killed. Afterwards, he earned the Medal of Honor, posthumosuly.