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July 28, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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 well 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. 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.

P-38J Lightning from the 475th FG took off from Mokmer Drome on Biak Island led by Col. Charles H. MacDonald with Charles A. Lindbergh on a fighter sweep over Amahai Island. After take off, ditched is P-38J "Decatur Illinois" 42-104358 (survived). Over the target, the P-38s intercepted a Ki-51 Sonia pilot Shimada that had evaded other attacking P-38s from the 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Near Amahai Airfield, the P-38s intercepted and Charles A. Lindbergh shot down the Sonia during a head on pass. Afterwards, this Sonia was credited to Lindbergh, his first and only aerial victory credit. MacDonald claimed credit for damage.

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 pilot Charles A. Lindbergh flying as a civilian observer.

RNZAF / Consairways: a search party departed aboard RNZAF Catalina NZ4014 piloted by Flt. Lt. Butcher flew a rescue party to the nearest location to the crash site of C-87 Liberator Express 41-11706 on Florida Island. The party included the Consairway station manager from Guadlacanal Dick Wood and Consairway Representative Ed Jones. Interviewing locals, they reported hearing a plane, seeing the landing lights and then heard a crash and guided the party to the crash site.

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