July 28, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 28 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 100+ fighter-bombers hit the Myitkyina, Kamaing, Mogaung, and Taungni areas; 16 others attack targets of opportunity
at Bhamo, Indaw, Mohnyin, and hit a bridge at Sihet; and 8 B-25s pound a troop
area at Sihet.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 18 B-25s, with fighter support, pound
the Yoyang railroad yards; other B-25s in groups of 1 to 3 hit a Yellow River
bridge and White Cloud Airfield, Tien Ho Airfield and Hankow Airfield; 18 P-40s hit Pailochi
Airfield, destroying several aircraft; and 30+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance
hit troop concentrations, river and road traffic and other targets of opportunity
at Leiyang, Chaling, Chinlanshih and in the Tungting Lake area.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s and P-47s from Saipan bomb and strafe Tinian.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Targets at Woleai are bombed by four squadrons of B-24s; Woleai Airfield and supply area are
covered; Laha and Cape Chater are hit by
B-24s while B-25s bomb supply dumps at Maumere, Flores.
B-24s and A-20s pound Manokwari Airfield and Babo Airfield,
bivouac areas at Kasoeri, and shipping in Kaimana Bay; P-39s hit Windissi
and other Geelvink Bay villages; A-20s and fighter-bombers blast stores, troop concentrations,
communications targets, barges, and targets of opportunity in the Wewak, Cape
Moem, and But.
Ditched is P-38J "Decatur Illinois" 42-104358 (survived). HQ 309th Bombardment Wing moves from Saidor to Noemfoor; and
the 403d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment
Group (Heavy), moves from Nadzab to Owi, Schouten Islands with B-24s.
JAAF: Shot down is Ki-51 Sonia pilot
Sgt Yokogi (MIA) shot down by P-38 pilots Lewis and Haslip and Ki-51 Sonia pilot Captain Shimada (MIA) shot down by P-38 civilian observer pilot Charles A. Lindbergh.