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October 19, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA: A single B-24 bombs Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru.

(CBI) BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 P-47s blast approaches to 2 bridges in the Mawlu area and 15 support ground forces in the Mohnyin area, hitting the village of Nyaunggaing and damaging a nearby bridge and pounding the railroad station at Kadu. In India, a detachment of the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, begins operating from Hathazari, India with C-47s (squadron is based at Sylhet, India).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 100+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance over S China hit numerous targets of opportunity from the Tungting Lake area to Luichow Peninsula; the fighter-bombers concentrate on rivercraft, troop compounds, and building areas; the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Chanyi, sends a detachment to operate from Chihkiang with F-5s.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA: B-24s on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb a bridge, a pier, and the town area on Yap.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-24s hit Parepare, Celebes. Fighter-bombers hit Amboina and Boela Airfield and shipping from Zamboanga south into the Sulu-Mindanao area, pound the airfield at Cebu, hit nearby shipping, and strafe Miti, Djailolo, and Hate Tabako. A-20s and fighter-bombers blast airfields at Urarom, Sagan, and Babo; the 13th and 63d Troop Carrier Squadrons, 403d Troop Carrier Group, cease operating from Wakde with C-47s and returns to base on Biak. Flying out of in the remote Kimberly region of Western Australia, 18 B-24's of the 380th bomb Group took off from Truscott Airfield to bomb the Japanese inter-island shipping off Pare-Pare, Malili and Palopo.

USMC: Lost is FG Corsair 14039 (MIA).

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