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January 18, 1945
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THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY 1945

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s fly an unsuccessful reconnaissance mission to Kurabu Airfield on Paramushiru; one of the B-24s force lands on the return trip in the USSR.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 29 B-24s bomb and 25 P-40s pound shipping and railroad targets at Hong Kong; 7 B-25s bomb Ishan and Chinchengchiang, 4 B-25s and 12 P-40s hit shipping in the Puchi area, 4 B-25s bomb the town of Wanting, and 2 hit troop compounds at Chaling. 11 B-25s and 12 fighter-bombers attack Phu Lang Thuong, French Indochina. About 140 P-51s, P-40s, and P-38s on armed reconnaissance over southern China from the Burma boundary to Hong Kong attack a huge variety of targets of opportunity.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 23 P-47s and P-38s hit Anisakan and Hsumhsai Airfields; 12 B-25s bomb the airfield at Nawnghkio; 20+ P-47s support ground forces at Si-U and near Yenya-u and Mahlainggon; troops, supplies, and general targets of opportunity are attacked at Antawsai, Mong Nak, Namhpakka, Mong Yok, Loi-pyek, Kyawnghkam, Pangnok, and in the Namtu vicinity. 529 transport sorties are flown to forward areas. In India, the detachment of the 6th Fighter Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, operating from Cox's Bazar, India with P-47s returns to base at Asansol.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Nineteen Saipan based B-24s bomb targets on Chichi Jima and Haha Jima, damaging the naval base and the town of Okimura. Ten B-24s from Guam pound an airfield on Iwo Jima. During the night of 18/19 Jan, three B-24s continue snooper strikes against Iwo Jima airfields. HQ VII Fighter Command moves from Hickam Field to Ft Kamehameha.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s blast the Cotabato area on Mindanao . B-24s bomb targets in the Miti area, and on Luzon , B-25s hit troop concentrations at Bamban, A-20s hit warehouses and highway traffic N of Bataan, and P-38s strafe parked aircraft at Tuguegarao and vehicles at Enrile and Butigui and Calarian on Mindanao. A variety of FEAF aircraft fly small-scale raids and armed reconnaissance missions against road and rail targets, bridges, airfields, and numerous targets of opportunity throughout the Philippines. The 66th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, based on Biak , begins operating from Hill Field and Dulag with C-46s and C-47s. The 67th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Biak to Tinauan with C-46s and C-47s. Lost is A-20G "Queen of Spades" 43-21309.

USN: Ditched off Ormoc Bay is PV-1 Ventura 49624 (crew survived).

IJN: Ditched after a reconnassance flight is A6M2 31870 (crew survived).



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