July 14, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 14 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 49 P-40s pound enemy forces in the Myitkyina vicinity; 38 P-51s and P-47s hit bridges at Mohnyin, Kadu, Henu, and
Mawlu, bomb supplies at Nyaungbintba, support ground forces near Myitkyina,
bomb a rice mill at Mohnyin, and hit several buildings at Hopin. In India, the
detachment of the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3d Combat Cargo Group (attached
to 443d Troop Carrier Group), operating from Sookerating with C-47s returns
to base at Dinjan; and the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier
Group, moves from Moran to Sookerating with C-47s, the squadron also sends a
detachment to operate from Ledo.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighter-bombers and B-25s hit a fighter
strip N of Changsha, artillery positions at Leiyang, the town of Sungpai, and
road and river traffic from Hengyang to Yuhsien and from Sienning to Tungshan;
also attacked are various targets of opportunity around the towns of Hengyang,
Changsha, and Chaling; during the night fighter- bombers blast Pailochi Airfield,
destroying 20+ enemy aircraft; B-25s bomb roads in the Tengchung area; and B-25s
and P-40s pound railroad yards at Siangsiang.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan again hit Tinian.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s continue to
blast Yap. Oil reservoirs and wells at Boela are bombed
and strafed by A-20s and B-24s. Lost is A-20G- 43-9624. B-25s attack barge facilities and gun positions
at Lautem. On the Vogelkop Peninsula, P-61s hit
airfields while B-25s bomb a barge terminal at Kokas; A-20s hit Japanese forces
at Sauri and bomb the But Airfield; fighter-bombers support ground
in the Aitape area along the Driniumor River and Koronal Creek and blast troop
concentrations near Afua; and HQ 475th Fighter Group and 433d Fighter Squadron
move from Hollandia to Mokmer Drome with P-38s.
RNZAF: Lost is F4U Corsair NZ5266 (rescued).