January 12, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-25s again damage a bridge at Wan
Mai-Lo, Burma. 35 fighter-bombers pound targets of opportunity around Wanting,
China and Muse, Burma. Lost is B-24J "Shootin' Star" 42-73249 (MIA).
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, sixteen fighter-bombers support
ground forces in the battle sectors at Si-U and at Lawa on the Irrawaddy River;
70+ fighter-bombers hit troops, supplies, vehicles, and general enemy movement
at Namsa-lap, Longmao, Hsa-ihkao, Mangpu, Pangnim, and near Lashio, Hsipaw,
and Hsenwi. Transports fly 544 sorties, landing men and supplies at forward
bases and dropping supplies to troops in battle sectors.
MALAYA: Two B-29 bombers were shot
down, one by Kamikaze ramming.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 28 Guam based B-24s bomb airfields on Iwo Jima; Three B-24s, on armed reconnaissance from Saipan bomb Marcus. Iwo Jima is
hit by snooper strikes during the night of 12/13 Jan, by 4 B-24s from the
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the
San Jose del Monte area and bivouac areas on N Luzon; other B-24s hit Legaspi Airfield,
and Batangas Airfield and Matina
B-25s bomb Fabrica warehouses. Lost is B-24J 44-41078 (Crew KIA/POW).
IJN: Japanese submarine I-47 enters Humboldt Bay off Hollandia. At 4:15am launched four kaitens at five minute intervals piloted by Lt (jg) Kawakubo Teruo, CPO Muramatsu Minoru, PO2C Sato Katsumi and Lt (jg) Hara Atsuro. At 5:11am, one kaiten damages anchored Liberty ship USS Pontus H. Ross.
USN: Task Force 38 (TF-38) carrier aircraft strike the coast of Indochina as far south as Saigon catching ships in the harbor and in coastal convoys with devastating
results, sinking 12 tankers, 20 passenger and cargo vessels and numerous small
combatant ships, totalling 149,000 tons.