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February 11, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SUNDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 1945

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Seven B-24s take off on an air cover mission for a Naval Task Force but only three reach them.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 17 B-25s hit railroad yards at Sinyang and Lohochai and a locomotive foundry at Hsuchang; Twenty-three P-47s pound Hankow Airfield; Eight fighters hit Anyang Airfield and Pinghan railroad targets of opportunity; B-24s claim 2 cargo vessels sunk in the South China Sea.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 36: 56 of 59 B-29s bomb storage dumps around Rangoon; they claim 0-0-3 Japanese aircraft; no B-29s are lost; the mission is flown in conjunction with B-24s of the Eastern Air Command's Strategic AF which also hit the target.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 11 B-25s bomb troops and supplies at Loilem; 22 P-47s support ground forces in the Mongmit area, hitting buildings at Nabu and Japanese positions S of Myitson; 100+ fighter-bombers pound troop concentrations, supplies, ammunition dumps, gun positions, and targets of opportunity at several locations including Pangsang, Taung-gaing, Panghsapye, Nampok, Byaungbyan, Manai, Kutkai, Mongmit, Namun, and Pangmakhe-leng. Transports complete 503 sorties to forward bases and over frontline areas (dropping supplies).

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 21 B-24s from Saipan operating in 2 separate forces, bomb airfields and defenses on Iwo Jima; Three B-24 on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. Twenty-five B-24s based on Angaur Airfield bomb Corregidor. During the night of 11/12 Feb, 10 B-24s from Saipan fly individual harassment strikes against Iwo Jima.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 30: 9 B-29s from the Mariana carry out a reconnaissance mission for the US Navy; 1 returns early; the area covers 135-OOE to 148-OOE to 30-OON.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s attack Corregidor almost continuously throughout the day; fighter-bombers support ground forces blasting numerous targets from Cauringan to Taytay and at Wawa, Montalban, Antipolo, and Marikina. P-47s blast a train NE of Heito. B-24s fly a light strike against Bago on Negros . The 388th and 389th Bombardment Squadrons, 312th Bombardment Group, move from San Jose to Mangaldan with A-20s. Crashed during take off is B-25D "Little Joe" 42-87281 (crew survived).

USN: Sunk is LST-577 by a torpedo fired by Japanese Submarine RO-50.

RAAF: Lost is Beaufort A9-599 (MIA).



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