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January 29, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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MONDAY, 29 JANUARY 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, Pailochi Airfield, river and road shipping, troops, gun positions, buildings, and other targets of opportunity are attacked at Kweiyi, Hankow, Sinyang and Chihkiang, between Hengshan and Siangtan, between Wuhu and Anking, north of Hengyang, and east and south of Yutze.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 13 B-25s knock out road bridges at Loi-leng and Tonglau and hit several nearby targets of opportunity; 26 P-47s hit troop positions in the Namhkai area; 11 P-38s and 16 P-47s attack Aungban Airfield and Heho Airfield; 8 P-47s support ground forces near Banwe; 70 P-47s and P-38s pound troop concentrations and supplies at Panglong, Tangyan, Wengnan, Homang, Mong Long, Namtu, Mongyin, Mong Yang, and Namhsam. Largescale transport operations continue. The 1st Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, moves from Tsuyung to Hsinching with C-47s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 19 Guam based B-24s bomb Iwo Jima airfields. Two B-24s from Saipan, on an armed reconnaissance flight, bomb Marcus. One B-24 from Angaur Airfield bombs Arakabesan. During the night of 29/30 Jan, five B-24s from Saipan continue harassment raids on Iwo Jima airfields.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 25: 28 of 33 Mariana based B-29s strike at 2 airfields on Iwo Jima without loss.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Heavy B-24 daylight raids concentrate on Heito Airfield and Corregidor while B-25s bomb nearby Cabcaben. On Luzon, fighter-bombers and A-20s hit targets of opportunity from Aparri to Echague; further S, two P-38s and two B-25s hit gun positions in the Batangas and Verde areas; A-20s support ground forces inland from Lingayen by hitting the Carranglen road network; others hit Talavera and Carabao. HQ 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), move from Morotai to Lingayen Airfield with B-25s. The 319th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 90th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Biak to San Jose, Mindoro with B-24s. Lost is B-25J "30,000 North American Airplane" 44-29544 (crew rescued).

USN: Four PT-Boats lead by PT-222 under the command of Lt. Robert J. Wehrli, USNR escorted by two P-38s and two B-25s enter Batangas Bay and preformed a 67 minute raid against small craft and shore installations at Batangas. For 37 minutes they were under intense fire from shore.  Before withdrawing, they claim as destroyed two luggers, three barges and twenty-four sailing vessels, and unknown number of suicide boats hidden along the shore in huts. With help from the aircraft, the PT Boats target several guns and knock them out and start eight fires including one fire in a fuel dump area.



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