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February 6, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 20 P-51s pound and considerably damage Peking Airfield, claiming 7 aircraft destroyed; other fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit several targets of opportunity (mainly rail and river traffic) around Tsingpu, Wuhu, Suchow, Hsiangcheng, Ichang, Chingmen, and Yungning. Fighter-bombers sink numerous river craft on the Mekong River from Wan Mai-Lo to Nguen, Burma.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 86 P-47s and P-38s and 25 B-25s pound troop concentrations, supplies, and AA positions in the Lashio area; 4 P-38s damage the approach to Mong Tong bridge. Transports complete 514 sorties, carrying men and supplies to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Nine B-24s from Guam hit AA defenses and radar and radio installations on Iwo Jima; 10 more bomb Ototo Jima and the the town of Omura on Kyushu. One B-24 from Angaur Airfield bombs Koror. Two B-24s hit Bulan Airfield and 19 B-24s bomb Corregidor. During the night of 6/7 Feb, eight B-24s from Guam fly individual strikes against Iwo Jima airfields.

USMC: PBJs from Eniwetok attack Palikir Airfield Number 2 on Ponape. Shot down is by anti-aircraft fire is PBJ-1H "Love Bug" 35275 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Corregidor gun positions; B-25s and P-38s hit Echague and a camp on the Rosario-Baguio road; A-20s attack gun positions and defenses at Nichols Field in support of ground forces and bomb Caballo. B-24s and B-25s fly coastal sweeps hitting various targets at Divilacan Bay, Hondagua, and the Bicol Peninsula. A-20s attack Fabrica Airfield. B-24s with P-38 support hit Manggar and Sepinggang Airfield. The detachment of the 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, operating from Dulag with F-5s, returns to base at San Jose. The 342d and 460th Fighter Squadrons, 348th Fighter Group, move from Tanauan to San Marcelino with P-47s.

RAAF: Lost is Boomerang A46-216 (MIA) crashed on Bougainville.



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