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July 13, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 13 JULY 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 44 P-40s and P-51s support ground forces in the Myitkyina area; 40 more A-36s, P-51s, and P-47s hit bridges at Nyaunggon, Mohnyin, Myothit, Mawlu, and Henu, and attack the Hopin, Lashio, and Indawgyi Lake areas; and the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, based at Moran, India, sends a detachment to operate from Shingbwiyang with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 16 B-25s bomb Pailochi Airfield, causing large fires and considerable damage; 45 P-40s attack trucks, compounds, river shipping, and troop concentrations between Hengyang and Siangtan, pound the town of Liling Airfield and Siangtan Airfield, and strafe shipping from Changsha south along the Siang Chiang River; 8 B-25s bomb Chenghsfen railroad yards and storage area; and 12 B-25s bomb Tengchung and Mangshih.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan continue to hit Tinian. B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Truk. B-25s from Makin pound Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again bomb Yap and Sorol. In New Guinea, B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s bomb gun positions and the airfield at Babo and in the Manokwari area and hit a supply depot at Kokas; fighter-bombers support Allied ground forces in the Aitape area while A-20s and fighter-bombers pound occupied areas and gun positions in the Wewak area and on Mushu Island. Lost is Beafighter A9-120 (MIA). The 498th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 345th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Nadzab to Mokmer with B-25s. B-24s also hit Amahai Airfield. Force landed is P-38H 42-66738 (rescued). Lost is P-47D 42-27993 (MIA).



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