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September 24, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-24s striking Kurabu Cape Airfield on Paramushiru are challenged by 12 Japanese fighters and 1 of 2 damaged B-24s forcelands in the USSR; one fighter is downed; and 4 B-25s fly a negative shipping search.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, P-47s fly 20 attack sorties against targets in the Mawhun area, including Pinlon; other P-47s fly 13 sorties against targets in the Bhamo area, demolishing a bridge at Manyut and hitting enemy positions at Chayuhkwang. Eleven B-24s haul fuel to Liuchow. 240+ other C-47 sorties are flown to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 26 B-25s bomb Mangshih, Taohsien, and Kuanyang, attack White Cloud Airfield and knock out the Dara bridge; 3 others hit targets of opportunity near Changtuikuan and along the Lingling-Siangtan road; 70+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance over SW and SE China pound numerous targets of opportunity, especially the town areas and river shipping at Takhing and Sinshih.

(Seventh Air Force): Eighteen B-24s from Saipan hit harbor facilities at Chichi Jima; Two B-24s on an armed reconnaissance mission bomb Marcus. Sixteen P-47s strafe AA positions on Rota. Twenty-six B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Truk while 11 B-25s hit Ponape; the detachment of the 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh AF, operating from Kwajalein with F-5s begins a movement to Peleliu Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s and B-25s bomb Amahai Airfield and Boela, Namlea Airfield on Buru, and Haroekoe Airfield. B-24s hit Lautem. Fighter-bombers attack Babo Airfield, Urarom Airfield and Manokwari Airfield while B-25s bomb Sorong.

USN: Carrier aircraft attack the Japanese supply fleet anchored at Coron Bay sinking Irako and Akitsushima.

RAAF: Crashed near Pine Creek is Beaufighter A19-208 (MIA).

USMC: VMF(N)-541 with F4U Corsairs arrives at Peleliu Airfield. Lost is FG Corsair 14011 (rescued).

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