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October 17, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Seven B-24s fly cover sorties for a naval task force.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s bomb a supply area near Naba, hit Japanese HQ and a supply area near Mawhun, and blast a supply base and permanent camp at Myazedi; 8 B-25s bomb Nawnghkio airfield and 3 attack bridges near Kawlin and Thityabin; an approach to the latter bridge is damaged. Transports fly almost 300 sorties to various points in the CBI.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 B-25s, 12 P-40s, and 10 P-51s pound a supply depot at Tien Ho Airfield; two B-24s bomb a supply depot at Victoria Harbor at Hong Kong; 44 P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance attack rivercraft, troop concentrations, villages, and other targets of opportunity around Kweiping, Tengyun, Mangshih, Tajungchiang, Wuchou, and Dosing; a runway at Tanchuk Airfield suffers considerable damage.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Twentieth Air Force): Ten B-29s, flying out of Chengtu, bomb Einansho air depot on Formosa; 14 others bomb alternate targets.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s from Saipan hit shipping off Haha Jima and the town of Okimura. During the night of 17/18 Oct, 1 B-24 bombs an airfield on Iwo Jima. B-25s from the Gilbert hit Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers and B-25s hit airfields, shipping and scattered targets of opportunity in the Halmahera area. In the Ceram -Ambon -Boeroe area A-20s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers continue to pound airfields and oil facilities. In the principal strike of the day almost 60 B-24s hit oil installations, barracks, and shore targets on Ilang and N Davao Bay areas of Mindanano . HQ XIII Bomber Command moves from Wakde to Morotai . In New Guinea, HQ 433d Troop Carrier Group moves from Port Moresby to Biak ; the air echelon of the 82d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, begins operating from Borokoe with F-6s and P-40s (squadron is based on Morotai).

Dutch: Hr. Ms. Zwaardvisch (P322) fired a spread of five torpedoes with one hitting and sinking Itsukushima.

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