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September 3, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, four B-25s attack and slightly damage the Tabpalai Bridge NE of Hsipaw; one B-25 knocks out the center span of a railroad bridge in the area and another causes considerable damage at Indaw. In India, HQ 33d Fighter Group moves from Pungchacheng, China to Nagaghuli; and the 4th Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, arrives at Sylhet from the US with C-47s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 12 B-24s pound marshalling yards at Nanking; Seven B-25s destroy at least 45 trucks and damage about 100 others during armed reconnaissance from Hengyang to Tungting Lake and Yoyang; two other B-25s bomb Hengyang Airfield; 100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s attack troops, railroad targets, bridges, and other targets of opportunity in areas around Changning, Hengyang, Sungpai, Chuki, Yangtien, Hengshan, and near Haiphong, and in the Red River Valley.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. P-47s hit Pagan and Maug with rockets. A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Yap.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound Langoan Airfield and Lembeh Strait warehouse s and shipping. B-25s hit the village of Tobelo on Halmahera. Fighter-bombers hit oil tanks and a radio station at Boela. Fighter-bombers hit Babo Airfield, Waren Airfield and Nabire Airfield, Manokwari storage and personnel areas, strafe areas along MacCluer Gulf, and fly coastal sweeps in the Wewak area, strafing troops, supplies, and occupied areas. 42nd BG B-25s fly sweep over New Britain in search of targets of opportunity, damaged and force landed is B-25H 43-4513.

HQ XIII Bomber Command moves from Los Negros to Wakde; and 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, moves from Nadzab to Biak with B-24s and F-7s.

USMC - Two Corsairs suffern an aerial collision. Lost is F4U 56260 (MIA).

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