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February 18, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Seven B-24s fly cover sorties for a naval force during its approach to Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 25 fighter-bombers attack the Sinyang railroad yards and Sinyang Airfield and targets of opportunity along the Pinghan railroad, at Chiuchiang, in the Nanking area, E of Lohochai, and SE of Hsuchang; Four B-24s over the South China Sea claim damage on two vessels; the 374th, 375th and 425th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Chengkung and Kunming to Kwanghan with B-24s.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 12 B-25s demolish bridges at Namsang and Ke-hsi Mansam; 30+ fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Mongmit-Myitson-Nabu area; 100+ fighter-bombers pound troop concentrations, supplies, vehicles, and other targets immediately in advance of the southward moving battleline. Transports fly 602 sorties to the forward areas.

USN: Task Force 58 (TF-58) completed its mission: the complete destruction of Truk with air attacks. Lost on a mission against Chichi Jima is TBM Avenger 22904 (2 bailed out, POW, executed) TBM Avenger 23637 (3 POW, executed)

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 36 Guam based B-24s dispatched against Iwo Jima are recalled because of complete cloud cover over the target. Three others on armed reconnaissance bomb Marcus. During the night of 18/19 February, nine B-24s from Guam individually strike Chichi Jima.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 36: Thirty-six B-29s bomb Moen Airfield No. 1 and Moen Airfield No. 2 without loss. HQ 39th and 330th Bombardment Groups (Very Heavy) and the 457th, 458th and 459th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy) arrive at North Field from the US with B-29s (first mission is 12 Apr).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Takao Airfield, Okayama Airfield, and Toshien Airfield and P-38s provide support while B-25s and fighters pound communications targets and targets of opportunity throughout Formosa. B-25s and fighters continue to fly numerous missions in support of the ground forces on Luzon. B-24s bomb Labuan Airfield.

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