January 6, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 6 JANUARY 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s bomb Suribachi Bay Airfield also hitting buildings and pier areas. Ten B-25s fly single air coverage sorties
for a naval task force.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 40 P-40s, P-51s, and P-47s
pound the Hankow-Wuchang area; 9 aircraft are claimed destroyed. 4 B-24s bomb
the Cap-Saint-Jacques, French Indochina area.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 25: 49 Chengtu based B-29s are
dispatched to bomb an aircraft factory at Omura, Kyushu; 28 hit the
primary target, 13 bomb a secondary target at Nanking, while six attack
targets of opportunity; they claim 4-6-10 Japanese aircraft; 1 B-29 is lost.
This is 20th Bomber Command's last mission against targets in Japan.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): Bad weather cancels all combat missions.
Transports manage 310 sorties, landing men and supplies at advanced bases and
dropping supplies to frontline troops. The 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, moves from Myitkyina to
Kalaikunda, India with C-47s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 15 B-24s, based on Guam bomb Iwo Jima airfields.
During the night of 6/7 Jan, 9 B-24s on individual snooper strikes continue
to pound the airfields. HQ 508th Fighter Group and the 466th, 467th and 468th
Fighter Squadrons arrive at Kahuku, Hawaii from the US with P-47s (the group
will serve as air defense for Hawaii, train replacement pilots and ferry aircraft
to forward areas).
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In the day's major
operations, B-24s bomb Clark
Field while B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers
blast bridges and targets of opportunity at Calumpit and Plaridel and in nearby
southern Luzon areas and B-24s bomb Nichols
Field and Nielson
Airfield. A-20s, with P-38 cover, bomb Carolina
Airfield on Negros. B-25s and fighter-bombers hit Mapanget Airfield. FEAF flies numerous smaller strikes against various points throughout the
Netherlands East Indies and Philippines.