December 6, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER 1944
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s bomb Suribachi Airfield, scoring hits on the runway, and blast batteries; on the return flight,
one is hit by AA fire. One B-25 flies a negative shipping search. A B-24 weather
airplane force lands in the Soviet Union.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-51s attack road traffic
in the Hsenwi area and from there to Wanling.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 9 P-47s damage a bridge at Namhkai and knock out a bridge at Mongmit; 10 B-25s knock out the main bridge at Bawgyo and damage the bypass; 15 P-47s support ground forces in the Bhamo area, 4 bomb Hsenwi Airfield, and 8 strafe Bawgyo AA positions; 12 P-47s hit troops, artillery, and supplies at Banmauk, the W side of Indawgyi Lake, and Namhkam. Transports fly 300 sorties to forward areas.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s pound Bacolod Airfield; P-38s over Bacolod and others covering a convoy off south Leyte claim several aircraft downed; B-25s with P-47 support hit Cagayan Airfield, Jacgol Airfield and Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao. B-24s hit Kendari Airfield and Borebore Airfield. Fighter-bombers and B-25s attack Halmahera while A-20s and B-25s bomb the Namlea area. 417th Bombardment Group HQ, 672d, 673d, 674th and 675th Bombardment Squadrons move from Noemfoor to Tacloban with A-20s.
IJA: Operation WA paratroopers from two regiments including 409 jump over San Pablo Airfield and Buri Airfield on Leyte.
RAAF: Beaufighters conduct a sweep against ships off Celebes. Lost is Beaufighter A9-202 (KIA).