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October 5, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

THURSDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): At dawn two B-24s bomb Kashiwabara and Kurabu Cape.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 P-47s hit Mawlu and attack locomotives and targets of opportunity in the Naha area; 8 B-25s attack bridges at Namhkai, damaging the main bridge. Troop carriers fly 250+ sorties to various locations in the CBI. The 493d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Tezgaon to Pandaveswar with B-24s.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Twelve B-25s and twenty-two fighter-bombers attack Samshui, Koyiu and Takhing; eight hit targets of opportunity in the Canton-Wuchou area, and three bomb a storage area at Mangshih; 50+ P-40s and P-51s over wide areas of S China attack rivercraft, road traffic, bridges, town areas, and troops.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): P-47s from Saipan hit Pagan with rockets and bombs; a B-24 bombs gun positions on the Pagan. B-25s from the Gilbert bomb Nauru Airfield runways and gun positions while B-24s from the Marshall bomb an airfield at Moen and during the night of 5/6 Oct strike Wake. The 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh Air Force, based at Kipapa Field sends a detachment to Peleliu Airfield with F-5s.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Kendari Airfield. B-25s and P-38s hit Kairatoe Airfield, the town of Amboina and numerous coastal and shipping targets of opportunity in the Ambon-Ceram area. A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers attack Urarom and the Simora Point area, Doom, Babo, Efman and Samate Airfields and disposal areas; A-20s blast Japanese bivouacs and supply areas near Sarmi; HQ 54th Troop Carrier Wing moves from Nadzab to Biak . In the Moluccas , the 418th Night Fighter Squadron, V Fighter Command [attached to HQ 310th Bombardment Wing (Medium)], moves from Owi, Schouten to Morotai with P-61s.



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