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August 17, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 47 fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Pinbaw area; 9 B-25s bomb Katha; 12 fighter-bombers pound the town areas of Nanyinbya and Bilumyo; and 12 other fighter-bombers attack artillery positions and storage areas in the Momauk area. As of this date, India is cleared of all Japanese forces.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 25 B-24s blast Yoyang; 18 B-25s bomb the railroad yards and storage area at Chiuchiang and four hit the road and Hengyang Airfield area and storage buildings at Nanyo; 100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on offensive reconnaissance attack town areas, bridges, hangars, supply dumps, railroad targets, and road and river traffic in E Burma, around Hsenwi, Tungling, and Tengchung, and throughout the Tungling Lake-C Yangtze River area, particularly in the Hengyang area. Eight P-40s attack shipping in the Haiphong area and between Dong Trieu and Ha Duong.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. B-25s hit Ponape.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound airfields on Ambon and Ceram Islands and Boeroe Island in the Sunda Islands. B-25s strafe installations at Dili, Moloe Island and Kai Islands; and B-25s sink a transport vessel off Halmahera. In New Guinea, A-20s bomb Klamono oil fields while fighter-bombers hit gun positions, storage areas, and other targets at Ransiki and Manokwari and troop concentrations along the N shore of MacCluer Gulf. On Biak, P-40s, supporting ground forces landing at Wardo, pound shore positions and troops inland as the enemy remnants on Biak break up into small groups; P-39s strafe troops from Cape Wom to the the Dandriwad River and near But, and hit gun positions at Marubian; HQ 5th Bombardment Group moves from Los Negros to Wakde; HQ 22d Bombardment Group moves from Nadzab to Owi; and the 68th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, moves from Torokina to Middleburg with P-38s.

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