SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER 1944
AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s bomb and strafe buildings at
Otomae Bay, Kuriles.
(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Transport aircraft fly 200+ sorties, delivering
men and supplies to various points in the CBI. The 165th Liaison Squadron (Commando),
1st Air Commando Group, moves from Asanol, India to Tamu, Burma with C-64s and
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 32 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance
attack troops, town areas, and river traffic around Samshui, Mangshih, Kweiping,
Hsinganhsien, Konghow and Tajungchiang.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): 103 B-29s from Chengtu bomb Okayama aircraft plant on Formosa; 12 more hit last-resort targets
and targets of opportunity; this is the first Twentieth AF mission during which
100+ B-29s attack targets and the first of a series of missions against Formosa in conjunction with the US invasion of Leyte.
USN - Admiral Halsey's Task Force 38 (TF-38) carries out more attacks on Formosa to neutralize it as a Japanese base. Lost is F6F Hellcat 58415 (MIA).
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 3 B-24s on armed reconnaissance
from Saipan bomb Marcus. P-47s on a sweep over Pagan bomb and strafe storage
caves. 1 B-24 from the Marshall bombs Wake during the night of 14/15. HQ
41st Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 48th, 396th and 820th Bombardment Squadrons
(Medium) move from Makin to Wheeler Field with B-25s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s again bomb
oil refineries and associated industries in the Balikpapan area; others
bomb Pombelaa mine on Celebes. P-47Ds from the 41st Fighter Squadron and 40th Fighter Squadron conduct a fighter sweep over Manggar
Airfield on southeast Borneo in support of the B-24s. Lost is P-47D "Claire-Doll III" 42-28500 (MIA). A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers again hit Laha Airfield on Ambon and Haroekoe Airfield. In New Guinea, HQ
374th Troop Carrier Group and the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron move from Nadzab to Biak with C-47s.
RAAF - P-40N Kittyhawks strike Manokwari. Lost is P-40N Kittyhawk A29-824 (MIA).