February 13, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, fighters sweep the railroad from Sinyang to Hsuchang, bomb the approach to a Hsuchang bridge, and strafe Sinyang and Ichang Airfields; B-25s bomb a foundry at Hsuchang
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, troop concentrations, supply areas, and targets of opportunity are pounded by 70 fighter-bombers
at several locations including Kongpaw, Namtu, Kyao-hpak, Laihka, Kon-wet, Mong Pa, Hkom-nio, and Naung-lang; 19 fighter-bombers support ground forces in
the Mongmit-Myitson area; 16 fighter-bombers knock out the approach to the main bridge and damage the bypass bridge at Hay-ti. 477 air supply sorties are flown by transports throughout the day. In India, the 1st and 2d Fighter Squadrons (Commando) move from Kalaikunda to Cox's Bazar with P-51s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Twenty-five B-24s from Saipan fly
two strikes against Iwo Jima, while
ten other B-24s hit Haha Jima. During the night of 13/14 Feb, five B-24s fly individual harassment strikes over an eight hour period bombing Iwo Jima at different intervals.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s
continue to pound Corregidor as a large segment of B-24s attack
the main coastal guns and score direct hits on several batteries; B-24s bomb Mariveles while A-20s and P-47s bomb and strafe targets
of opportunity throughout the southern Bataan Peninsula; B-25s and fighters
attack small shipping during sweeps of E and N coasts. B-25s, with fighter
support, hit Kagi Airfield. HQ 345th Bombardment Group (Medium),
moves from Tacloban to San Marcelino. The 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, based
on Middelburg with P-38s, begins operating from Morotai.