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July 29, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SATURDAY, 29 JULY 1944

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s fly bombing and reconnaissance runs over Shimushu and Paramushiru sites including Kurabu Cape installations.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, about 100 fighter-bombers bomb the Myitkyina, Kamaing, and Mogaung areas and strafe Indaw; 20+ others attack targets at Myothit, Chyahkan, Mainghka, Nawna and Nansawlaw, and hit a bridge at Panghkam; a troop area at Naungtalaw is bombed by 9 B-25s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 26 B-24s bomb a storage area in Samah Bay; 27 B-25s hit Yulin Harbor, Hankow Airfield, Kaifeng railroad yards, and the town of Tengchung; 80+ P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance hit bridges, troops, supplies, and river, road, and rail traffic throughout a vast area including the towns of Liling, Sinsiang, Hengshan, Changsha, Siangtan, Chaling, Liuyang, and Chuchou.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 70+ B-29s out of Chengtu bomb the Showa Steel Works at Anshan and Taku Harbor; the first B-29 to be shot down on a combat mission falls to five fighters near Chenghsien (which the B-29 bombs after engine trouble causes an abort from the primary mission); another B-29 bombs Chinwangtao before making a forced landing at a friendly airfield near Ankang.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): P-47s continue to hit Tinian. B-24s hit Truk. B-25s attack Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb supply areas in Woleai and nearby Mariaon and Tagaulap are also hit. Other B-24s bomb Boela Airfield, Namlea Airfield and Cape Chater Airfield. B-24s pound Moemi, Sagan, Otawiri, and Urarom; B-25s hit oil targets at Karaka, shipping off Sorong and Cape Fatagar, and a supply village west of Babo; P-39s bomb Windissi and strafe troop concentrations along the western shore of Geelvink Bay for the third consecutive day; in NE New Guinea bombers and fighters continue pounding the N coast, hitting troops, bridges and stores at Wewak and along Harech Creek, and targets of opportunity in the Yakamul area; and the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, moves from Finschhafen to Biak with B-25s.



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