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August 16, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, as the last Japanese resistance in India ceases, sixteen B-25s bomb Indaw; 20 P-51s hit Lashio Airfield, and airfields at Nawnghkio, Shwebo, Anisakan, and Onbauk; 37 P-40s and P-51s hit strong points, pillboxes, and machinegun positions in the Pinbaw area; 19 P-47s and P-51s attack targets of opportunity at Katha, a bridge S of Bhamo, the town of Tagwin, railroad targets of opportunity between Naba and Hopin, an enemy-held monastery, and an ammunition dump at Pegu; and the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, based at Barrackpore sends a detachment to operated from Tingkawk Sakan with F-5s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 18 B-25s bomb the Wanling area and warehouses while 12 hit the Chaling area and warehouses at Siangtan; 90 P-40s and P-51s hit bridges, fortified positions, troops, trucks, rivercraft, supplies, gun positions, and other targets of opportunity in the Hsenwi and Lungling areas and in the widespread area around Tunating Lake and the Central Yangtze River.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan hit Chichi Jima and Pagan. B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Truk.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and B-25s bomb Miti Airfield and Lolobata Airfield on Halmahera, warehouses and shipping facilities on Ternate. Also shipping in Wasile and Veda Bays, and Japanese positions on Tanimbar and off Alor Island, Sunda Islands, B-25s sink small vessel. In New Guinea, bombers hit installations at Ajoe; A-20s support ground forces in the Maffin Bay area while P-39s hit troops and positions from Manokwari to Windissi and bomb Ransiki Airfield, Moemi Airfield and Waren Airfield. The 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based at Espiritu Santo begins operating from Los Negros with C-47s.

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