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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 Rosa; 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).



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