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September 2, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SATURDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1944

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 B-25s hit targets along the Burma Road S of Wanling, including the road itself and bridges at Kawnghka and Namhpakka; another B-25 hits an alternate target in Indaw; and twenty-four B-24s haul fuel to Kunming.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 2 B-25s bomb the runway at Hengyang Airfield; 30 P-40s attack gun positions, troop concentrations, and sampans in the Hengyang and Changning areas; 20 P-40s hit similar targets S of Changsha, W of Pengtse, and in the Siangtan area; and 12 P-51s damage a bridge at Yangtien.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Two B-24s from Saipan hit Yap and Pagan. P-47s hit AA positions on Pagan with rocket and strafing attacks. B-25s bomb Ponape and Nauru.

USN - Four Avengers from VT-51 bomb a a radio station on Chichi Jima. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire is TBM Avenger 46214 (pilot George H. W. Bush rescued, two crew MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Mindanao, 24 B-24s bomb supply and personnel areas at Lasang, 12 B-24s hit shipyards and personnel areas at Bunawan and 22 B-24s hit Likanan Airfield. 345th BG sends 13 B-25s are sent to hit Langoan Airfield, but when their fighter cover fails to arrive, they divert to hit troops, warehouses and shipyards along Lembeh Strait.  Two are lost: B-25 "Mexican Spitfire" 41-30592 (MIA) and B-25 "Hell's Fire". Two B-25s are damage and crash lands at Middleburg, one is repaired and returned to service, the other is scrapped. Other B-25s hit a position near Pitoe Airfield on southern Morotai. B-24s bomb Koror. Fighter-bombers hit the Sorong area and forces at Cape Pus and Boikin. Lost on a training mission is B-25H 43-4341 (MIA). Lost on a flight are three Airacobras: P-39Q 44-3569 (MIA), P-39Q 42-20357 (MIA) and P-39Q 42-20353 (MIA).



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