January 8, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 8 JANUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In Burma, 8 P-51s hit targets of opportunity
east of Muse and east of Wanling.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 21 B-25s hit troops and supply
areas at Nampeng and Mong Long; 74 P-47s and P-38s attack troop concentrations
and supply areas at Tunhunghkam, Monguy, Hpa-hpun, and Man Om;\ and 12 P-47s
knock out a bypass bridge at Namhkai. Transports complete 470+ sorties to forward
bases and frontline areas. The 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d
Air Commando Group, based at Kalaikunda, India, sends a detachment to operate
from Dinjan with C-47s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 26 Guam based B-24s bomb airfields on Iwo Jima, while, during the night of 8/9 Jan, 10 more B-24s subject the to individual
snooper strikes over a 6-hour period.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: In the main strikes during the day , P-51s
and P-40s strafe airfields in the Lingayen
Gulf area; A-20s pound railroad yards at Cabanatuan,
motor convoys between Cabanatuan and
Bongalion and between Bongabon and Mojon, Rosales and
San Quintin rail installations, bridges at Cuyapo, Paniqui, and near Santa
P-47s hit rail yards and a truck convoy in the San Jose area; and B-24s
and A-20s attack Nichols
Field and Nielson, Lipa, and Calingatan Airfields.
B-25s with P-47 cover, bomb Fabrica Airfield, while B-24s bomb Likanan
Airfield and oil storage at Matina. P-38s attack Manggar and Sepinggang Airfields. Numerous small-scale attacks over the Philippines
and Netherlands East Indies continue.
(RNZAF) Crashed during landing F4U Corsair NZ5527 (pilot injured).