July 24, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 24 JULY 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In the Aleutian Islands, two B-25s fly a negative
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 14 P-51s hit the Kamaing and Mogaung areas while 28 P-40s hit Myitkyina; 8 B-25s bomb Mohnyin and Naungtalaw.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 13 B-25s and 20 P-40s bomb railroad
facilities at Sienning; 22 P-40s pound Pailochi Airfield, destroying about 30
aircraft and causing heavy destruction in general; 9 B-25s and 20 P-40s hit
the town of Puchi, causing several fires; 46 P-40s hit river and road traffic,
enemy concentrations, and targets of opportunity at Changsha, Sinshih, Fulinpu,
Hengshan, Liling, Leivang, and Hengyang; and in the Canton area seven P-51s dive-bomb White Cloud Airfield and the town of Tsingvun. In French Indochina, 3 P-40s
on armed reconnaissance bomb Ben Thuy railroad yards and strafe junks and barges
in coastal areas.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s hit Tinian, and Rota. B-25s from Engebi bomb Ponape.
USMC: Marines land on Tinian.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Operations in the
Caroline Islands are restricted to B-24 snooper strikes; other B-24s bomb AA
positions at Saumlakki on Tanimbar Island. In New Guinea, bad weather cancels
scheduled strikes in the Vogelkop Peninsula area; 18 A-20s and a B-25 bomb But
Airfield, P-47s hit supply areas at Sauri, and P-39s bomb and strafe bridges
and supply dumps in the Suain area; HQ 85th Fighter Wing moves from Gusap to
Hollandia; and the 499th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 345th Bombardment Group
(Medium), moves from Nadzab to Biak. The 390th
Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), based in the Renard Field ceases operating from Stirling
Island with B-25s. Written off after a landing accident was B-25C "Row Row Binder II" 41-12905.