February 14, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Three B-24s bomb and photograph the secondary target Suribachi Airfield on Paramushir.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, P-47s bomb Kaifeng Airfield and P-51s hit Shihkiachwang Airfield, destroying several parked aircraft;
the P-51s afterwards blast 7 locomotives between Puchou and Sinsiang; other fighters destroy seven more locomotives between Sinyang and Hsuchang, bomb the railroad yards at Lohochai, and destroy a fuel dump at Hsiangcheng.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, twelve B-25s attack vehicles along roads from Lashio to Takaw to Hopong; 7 P-47s strafe Laihka Airfield; bad weather cancels other scheduled offensive missions. Transports continue to operate despite the weather, completing 520 sorties to forward areas.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Seventeen B-24s from Guam pound defenses and radar and radio installations on Iwo
Jima at midday. During the night of 14/15 Feb, five B-24s, flying individual snooper missions bomb Iwo
Jima Airfield and AA positions while four B-24s in separate strikes hit Susaki Airfield.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 33: 6 B-29s from the Mariana again
carry out a reconnaissance mission for the U. S. Navyy covering the area northward
from the base line at 28-02N 145-55E to 28-44N 148-00E.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s continue
to bomb Corregidor, concentrating on the dock area and gun positions;
other B-24s bomb Mariveles and B-25s bomb the airfield
B-25s and fighters provide excellent support for ground forces, blasting
guns and troops west of Clark
Field, north of Marikina Airfield, and north of Montalban;
A-20s pound the general area of S Bataan.
B-25s bomb barges at Zamboanga and P-38s bomb Matina
Airfield. Fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe airfields on Negros and Cebu. A few B-25s bomb Kagi Airfield and nearby targets of opportunity.
HQ 54th Troop Carrier Wing moves from Biak to Leyte.
The 550th Night Fighter Squadron, XIII Fighter Command (attached to XIII
Bomber Command) moves from Hollandia to Morotai with
P-38s, P-61s and P-70s (the detachment operating from Middelburg also moves