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October 30, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

MONDAY, 30 OCTOBER 1944

AMERICAN ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s fly armed reconnaissance over Matsuwa and Onnekotan.

THEATER CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Thirteen B-24s lay mines in Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. P-40s bomb installations around Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina and hit junks at sea. The detachment of the 529th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, operating from Hsian with P-51s, returns to base at Pungchacheng.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 10 B-25s knock out bridges at Namhkai, Wuntho, Thegyaung, and Nankan and damage others at Okkyin and Zawchaung; 50+ P-47s knock out the Hpao Nam River bridge and strafe targets of opportunity at several locations; hit several bridges throughout the N Burma rail corridor, damaging or knocking out each target; support ground forces at Naba Station and Pinwe; and hit troop concentrations at Mansi and Manyut.

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA) AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 8 B-24s on armed reconnaissance missions from Guam bomb Yap. One B-24 snooper from Saipan, during the night of 30/31 bombs Iwo Jima. P-47s from Saipan hit Pagan. B-25s from Makin strike Nauru.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Eight B-29s from the Marianas bomb submarine pens on Dublon, 9 others bomb two miles beyond the target.

USN - The U.S. 5th Air Force and 13th Air Force together with carrier-borne aircraft of the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets stage massive attacks against the Phillipines in preparation for landing on Mindoro.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound Bacolod Airfield. B-25s and fighter-bombers hit San Roque Airfield and barges at Zamboanga. P-38s hit Sandakan Airfield. B-24s bomb the wharf area at Makassar, while P-40s, over the NE peninsula, hit various targets of opportunity. P-38s hit Piroe. A-20s and B-25s bomb Urarom Airfield. Force landed is XB-24 "Liberty Belle" 42-40686 (survived).



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