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October 10, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s abort a strike at Kashiwabara due to weather.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 28 P-47s support ground forces near Pinhe, bomb the towns of Tawbon and Man Naung, and hit targets of opportunity in and near Momauk. Transport operations to various points in the CBI continue at the rate of 250+ sorties.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 12 B-25s bomb and considerably damage the Kunlong ferry; 38 P-40s and P-51s on armed reconnaissance attack a bridge and other targets of opportunity near Mangshih, hit troop areas around Tanchuk and Wuchou, river traffic near Dosing, and locomotives and barges along the N French Indochina coast.

USN - - Admiral "Bull" Halsey's carrier aircraft begin sustained attacks on Japenese bases from the Ryukyus to the northern Phillippines in preparation for the amphibious assault on Leyte. As many as 1,000 planes are in action at once. The war also draws closer to Japan as planes from Vice Admiral Mitscher's fast carrier task force bomb coastal defenses and ships at Okinawa and other islands of the Ryukyu group.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 14 B-24s from Saipan bomb the airfield on Iwo Jima and shipping off the E shore. 24 P-47s pound buildings and storage caves on Pagan; later a B-24 bombs the radio station north of Pagan Airfield on Pagan. Twelve B-25s from Makin bomb Nauru Airfield runways and adjacent AA positions.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s strike oil refineries and an airfield in the Balikpapan area; the B-24s and escorting P-47s and P-38s claim 30+ Japanese fighters downed. Lost is B-24J 44-40774 (MIA), B-24J 42-100005 (MIA), B-24J 42-100206 (rescued). P-38s and B-25s bomb Djailolo, Kaoe, and Hate Tabako Airfield and the Wasile town area. P-47s hit Liang Airfield on Ambon . In New Guinea, A-20s hit the Sarmi area and A-20s and B-25s bomb Urarom Airfield. Lost is A-20G 43-21631 (2 died, 2 rescued).

RNZAF: Lost is PV-1 Ventura NZ4575 (KIA).

USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 13316 (rescued).

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