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August 4, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 4 AUGUST 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four P-38s accompanied by 1 B-25 fly top cover for a naval force near Massacre Bay on Attu. Four B-25s fly an uneventful shipping sweep.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, B-25s bomb the town of Sahmaw in support of advancing Allied ground forces; P-51s also support ground forces in the Sahmaw-Taungni area; fighter-bombers hit various targets, including town areas, gun positions, troops, and communications lines in or near Shwegu Pinbaw, Kazu, Bhamo, Myitkyina, Bilumyo, Mawhe, Mainghka, and Onsansaing.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 20 B-25s bomb the town of Mangshih town and Lashio Airfield and Hsenwi Airfield; 32 P-40s hit the town area and targets of opportunity at Tengehung; 70 P-40s attack troops, supplies, river shipping, and trucks at several points in the Tungting Lake-Yangtze River region; and 4 P-38s knock out 2 bridges at Mongyu.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-25s from Saipan fly two strikes against Guam. B-25s hit Ponape. HQ 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and 27th, 38th and 392d Bombardment Squadrons move from Kwajalein to Saipan with B-24s; and the 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Seventh Air Force, moves from Abemama to Saipan with C-47s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the supply area on Utagal Island, Colonia Airfield on Yap and oil installations at Boela. In New Guinea, B-24s attack Fann; B-25s and A-20s hit oilfields at Klamono and at Kasim Island and bomb Nabire Airfield; P-39s strafe Pegun Island; A-20s and fighter-bombers in support of Allied forces pound enemy concentrations, supplies, and barges east of the Driniumor River, at Afau in the Torricelli Range, at Boram, and just west of Wewak; and HQ 86th Fighter Wing moves from Finschhafen to Toem. Lost is P-38J "Cillie" 42-104161 (MIA), P-47D 42-27848 (MIA) and P-47D 42-27866 (MIA).



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