THURSDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 1944
(Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s bomb Suribachi on Paramushiru and Onnekotan. Four B-25s on a photo and offensive sweep bomb targets
at Torishima and Hayakegawa setting fire to 15 buildings, including a
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s on armed
reconnaissance over SW and SE China and N French Indochina attack targets of
opportunity in the Lungling and Mangshih, China area, knock out bridge at Dara,
Thailand and hit Nantingshun and Pinglo, China; Fighter- bombers
also damage 4 factories at Kweilin, hit tanks and troop concentrations N of
town, attack targets of opportunity near Pinglo, Tahsu and E of Yungfu, and the airfield, barracks, town area, and trains at Gia Lam. In China, the 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment
Group (Medium), moves from Yang Tong to Yangkai with B-25s; the detachment of
the 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), operating
from Liuchow with B-25s, returns to base at Yangkai.
(Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 80+ P-47s hit a variety of targets; the fighter-bombers
bomb a bridge at Ho-hko, support ground forces at Myothit, bomb supply dumps
at Namdaungmawn, personnel and supply areas at Naungletgyi and Mawtaung, knock
out a bridge at Meza, hit nearby railroad cars, attack airfields at Nawnghkio
and Sinlanzu and strike boats and boxcars S of Katha; 8 B-25s knock out 2 bridges
at Tangon and Tantabin; a single B-25 bombs Indaw; transports fly 268 sorties
to forward areas; HQ Tenth AF moves from New Delhi to Myitkyina. In India,
the 6th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, based at Asansol,
with P-47s, sends a detachment to operate from Cox's Bazar; the 317th
Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, arrives at Sylhet
from the US with C-47s.
(Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s from Saipan bomb Chichi
Jima; three B-24s from Guam on armed reconnaissance hit Marcus.
(Twentieth Air Force): Seventeen Marianas based B-29s bomb the submarine pens
[SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s over Ormoc
Bay attack a Japanese convoy, claiming 1 transport sunk and
another damaged; P-38s hit smaller shipping in Ormoc Bay, strafe vehicles from
Ormoc to Valencia, Mindanao, and bomb San Enrique; on Mindanao Island,
B-25s pound Matina, Libby, Davao and Likanan; the 17th Reconnaissance
Squadron (Bombardment), 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, arrives at Tacloban from Biak with
B-25s; the 432d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, arrives at Dulag from Biak with P-38s. During the night of 2/3 Nov B-24s bomb Makassar, concentrating on the wharf area. 17th Photographic
Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), arrives
on Morotai from Guadalcanal with B-25s and F-5s
(detachments are operating from Bougainville and Sansapor).
(USN) Patrol planes of the 7th Fleet attack Caldera Point Seaplane Base with several of the Japanese seaplanes receive direct hits, others were damaged.