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.