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August 9, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

WEDNESDAY, 9 AUGUST 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 24 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Taungni-Sahmaw area; several others unsuccessfully attack a bridge N of Hopin and bomb the town of Tagwin. The 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Tenth Air Force, arrives at Madhaiganj from the US with P-61s (first mission is 21 Nov).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-25s bomb a compound and vehicle shed on the NE edge of Hengyang; 36 P-40s and P-51s attack trucks, gun positions, and buildings at several points in the Hengyang-Siangtan area; 21 P-51s and P-40s knock out a pontoon bridge and hit junks and sampans at Changsha, and attack rivercraft at points along the Central Yangtze River.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s blast AA positions in three different areas of Yap. Lost is B-24J 42-73268 (MIA). Other B-24s bomb at Boela Airfield and Liang Airfield. A-20s hit shipping facilities at Asap Island and bomb Nabire Airfield; fighters strafe the villages south of Manokwari; B-25s bomb forces on the north coast of Waigeo Island; A-20s and fighter-bombers hit troops at Dagua and near Haur and bomb stores at Cape Moem and machine guns at Cape Wom. HQ and 530th Bombardment Squadron move from Fenton to Darwin with B-24s.



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