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August 15, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
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BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 70+ P-51s, P-47s, P-40s, and A-36s hit numerous north Burma targets including general targets of opportunity in the Bhamo area, a monastery at Pegu, troops east of Mawhun, Loiwing and Lashio Airfield and rail targets between Naba and Hopin; close support strikes are flown for ground forces in the Pinbaw and Naba areas; and supply dumps at Mainghka are bombed and two villages north of Kazu are hit and burned out.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, twelve B-25s bomb Kutkai, demolishing 2 large buildings and leaving 14 burning; 35 P-40s attack Tingka, Hsenwi, Lungling, and Tengchung; and nearly 100 P-40s and P-51s attack troops, horses, trucks, river shipping, artillery pieces, warehouses, and general targets of opportunity in or near Sungpai, Sinshih, Hengyang, Chaling, Leiyang, Sinyang, Siangtan, Hukow, and Changsha. In French Indochina, 4 P-40s hit coastal shipping at Hongay and Nam Dinh.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Lolobata Airfield on Halmahera. 345th BGs B-25s attack shipping in the Ternate area, setting a 1,200-ton vessel afire and damaging several luggers and barges. Lost are B-25D 41-30518 (rescused) and B-25D 43-3383 (MIA). Aircraft on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity in the Ceram area and Tanimbar. P-39s dive-bomb AA positions at Wewak Point; HQ V Bomber Command moves from Nadzab to Owi; HQ XIII Fighter Command moves from Guadalcanal to Sansapor; HQ 347th Fighter Group and 339th Fighter Squadron move from Stirling to Sansapor with P-38s; and the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group moves from the Russells to Middleburg with P-38s.

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