July 21, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 21 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 6 B-25s bomb the railroad at Mohnyin
and 1 hits the town of Naba. In India, the 434th Bombardment Squadron (Medium),
12th Bombardment Group (Medium) moves from Madhaiganj to Comilla with
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 41 P-40s hit the town area, airfield, trucks,
river shipping, and troops at Changsha, trucks, horses, and junks at Sinshih,
and troop concentrations, artillery sites, and pillboxes at Hengyang.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s attack enemy forces on Tinian. 28 B-24s staging through Eniwetok pound Truk.
USMC: Marines from the
3rd Amphibious Corps land on Guam.
U. S. Army:
77th Division land on Guam.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again pound Yap, concentrating on the airfield; fighters, many dropping phosphorus
bombs on the bomber formation, attack fiercely but ineffectively; the B-24s
claim 7 fighters shot down. B-24s bomb AA positions and the airfield
at Manokwari; A-20s hit barracks at Nabire; P-39s hit caves and barge hideouts
on the north coast of Biak and support ground forces along the Verkam River;
B-25s hit shipping at several points around the long coastline of the Vogelkop
Peninsula; B-25s and A-20s pound But, and P-39s bomb a bridge nearby; P-47s
follow with an attack on But and hit Wewak jetties and Kairiru
531st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy),
(Heavy), moves from Long Strip to Darwin with B-24s.