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October 4, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 weather aborts a photo run off Matsuwa; four B-25s bomb a freighter and a barge off Shimushu; 15-17 fighters intercept and the B-25s score one victory.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, eight P-47s damage approaches to a bridge between Myitkyina and Bhamo; 16 P-47s hit the town of Palwesho; 4 others hit small towns S of Bhamo, including Man The and Hantet.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 5 B-25s hit Hsinantien and areas N of Chefang; 80+ P-40s and P-51s continue to attack targets of opportunity during armed reconnaissance over areas of China S of the Yangtze River; 20+ fighter-bombers hit buildings, troops, and river shipping in the Paoching area.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): B-24s from Saipan attack shipping west of Iwo Jima and bomb airfields, the radio station, buildings, and area targets on Marcus, Pagan, and Iwo Jima. P-47s hit gun positions, beach defenses, buildings, and the wharf area on Pagan. B-24s from the Marshall bomb Moen Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb Sidate and Bolaang-oeki. P-40s and B-25s attack Galela and Kaoe Airfields. B-25s and A-20s on a shipping sweep bomb town and port area of Amboina on Ambon, hit a wharf at Halong and attack shipping and shore targets of opportunity at various points. In New Guinea, HQ 403d Troop Carrier Group moves from Los Negros, to Biak; the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Espiritu Santo ceases operating from Los Negros and begins operating from Wakde with C-47s; the 63d Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak, begins operating from Wakde with C-47s. The 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, moves from Owi to Morotai with P-38s. Crashed on takeoff is F7B "Idle Curiosity" 44-40423.

RAAF: Force landed is Kittyhawk A29-101 (survived).

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