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December 11, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s fly a negative enemy shipping search.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-24s and six B-25s, supported by eight P-51s, pound the Hai Duong, French Indochina area. 12 B-25s bomb Kutkai, Burma. Sixteen fighter-bombers attack Tien Ho Airfield and the Kengtung barracks in China; and Lashio, and Wan Lai-Kam, Burma.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s hit the stores area at Hpaklon; 16 P-47s support ground forces in the Bhamo area; 21 P-47s knock out and damage bridges at Mongmit, Man Aitau, Ho-hko, and Pa-mao; 7 fighter-bombers severely damage the Hsipaw ferry; supply and personnel concentrations and town areas are hit at Lawa, Myitson, Pemnegon, Nam Pan, Hsenwi, and Nawngpeng. 270 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Colonel Lawrence J Carr becomes Commanding Officer of the VII Bomber Command. 28 B-24s from Guam pound the airfield and ammunition storage area on Iwo Jima; night harassment continues as individual B-24s from Guam and Saipan fly three snooper strikes against the island during the night of December 11-12.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In major air activity, B-24s bomb Mandurriao Airfield; B-25s, with P-47 support, hit Padada Airfield and Fifth AF fighters join USMC aircraft in attacks on a thirteen ship convoy off northwest Leyte. Lost is P-38L 44-24842 (rescued). B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers hit Goeroea in the Moluccas Islands. Other FEAF planes make small raids on oil and shipping targets around N Borneo.

USMC: Ditched is TBF Avenger 45445 (rescued).

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