July 19, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 19 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 30+ P-40s and P-51s hit the Myitkyina area and support ground forces near Kamaing; Myitkyina is also bombed by 9 B-25s.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 80+ P-40s hit shipping in the Tungting
Lake area, attack targets of opportunity, supply areas, and troop concentrations
around Hengyang, bomb a radio station, storage facilities, and shipping at Changsha,
hit the airfield at Siangtan, and sink about 15 sampans between Changsha and
Siangtan; 31 P-40s and P-51s bomb and strafe the Samshui town and dock area
and hit several troop compounds in the Lienchiangkou vicinity. In NE French
Indochina, 4 P-40s claim 25 junks sunk at the coast.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s continue to bomb and strafe Tinian.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s, striking in
two waves, attack Colonia Airfield on Yap; several of the B-24s become separated
from the formations and bomb Ngulu and Sorol in the Caroline Islands.
In New Guinea, weather again cancels strikes on the Vogelkop Peninsula area;
fighter-bombers hit stores, gun positions, and targets of opportunity along
the Dandriwad River and support Allied ground forces in the Sarmi-Sawar sector. Lost is B-24D "Golden Lady" 42-40814 (MIA).