July 31, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 31 JULY 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 20 fighter-bombers hit Myitkyina, Eleven fighter-bombers
attack the Kamaing-Mogaung area, 12 bomb a bridge at Mohnyin, 14 support ground
forces near Myitkyina, and 11 others hit targets of opportunity at Sahmaw, Bilumyo,
and Pinhe; 9 B-25s pound the Hopin troop area; the Japanese
are in retreat down the Tiddim road.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, twelve B-24s bomb the Wuchang railroad yards;
B-25s, operating individually or in pairs, bomb Hengshan, Siangtan, and Hankow and attack airfields: Tien Ho, White Cloud, Hengyang, and Wuchang; 60+ P-40s
and P-51s attack troop compounds, town areas and road and river traffic at several
locations in or near Changsha, Hengyang, Kaishowkiao, Liling, Luchi, and Liuchow.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s and P-47s from Saipan bomb and strafe Tinian. B-25s from Makin pound Nauru.
B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Truk.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again strike Woleai, Lolobata Airfield and Galela Airfield are also hit. P-39s continue to hit villages on the west coast of Geelvink Bay; in NE New Guinea fighter-bombers continue pounding Japanese concentrations
and targets of opportunity on the north coast, particularly between Wewak and Yakamul;
A-20s support Australian ground forces in the Hansa Bay area, hitting troop
positions west of the Sepik River and troop concentrations at Singarin and Kopa.
U. S. Army: American forces land unopposed at