September 1, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 bombs Kashiwabara during the night of 31 Aug/1 Sep; a B-25 bombs a shack on the southwest coast of Paramushiru and sinks a nearby ship; and five other B-25s on this mission turn
back due to overcast.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): A few P-47s attack Bhamo, Burma and strafe river
boats in the area. In India, the 164th, 165th and 166th Liaison Squadrons (Commando),
with UC-64s and L-5s, and the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), with
C-47s, are activated at Asansol and assigned to the 1st Air Commando Group.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-24s claim a small freighter sunk
in Formosa Strait; Twelve B-25s bomb Kai Tek Airfield and a supply depot
south of Canton; B-25s hit a road south of Nanyo, the runway at Hengyang Airfield, and targets
of opportunity near Anjen; 61 P-40s and P-51s attack bridges, roads, shipping,
airfields, troops, and other targets of opportunity at or near Yangtien, Nanyo,
Hengyang, Anjen, Changning, and Chiuchiang; and the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance
Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, moves from Guskhara to Kunming with F-5s.
During Sep, the 528th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, based at Shwangliu,
China with P-51s, sends detachments to operate from Hanchung and Liansshan.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan carry out
rocket and strafing strike against Pagan.
A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap and B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Truk.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 50+ B-24s bomb Sasa, Matina, and Likanan. Lost is B-24J "Ole Tomato" 42-100291 (MIA). Others, failing to reach Mindanao, hit Beo in the Talaud Islands. 307th BG B-24s bomb Koror, lost is B-24D 42-73453 (POW / MIA). Fighter-bombers hit Boela and Amahai Airfield. A-20s, P-40s and B-25s bomb runways at Babo and Urarom; and HQ 374th Troop Carrier Group moves from Townsville to Nadzab.