February 25, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, six B-25s, supported by five P-40s,
hit sampans and buildings in the Puchi area; three B-25s and 19 P-40s pound the
Isuho ferry and attack river and road traffic from Siangtan to Hengyang; a
single B-25 bombs truck convoys south of Hengyang; Four B-24s over the Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea claim damaging hits on two vessels; 44 P-51s and P-40s hit bridges,
river shipping, troop areas, and motor transport at Kweiyi, Paoching, and Siangtan,
from Lingling to Hengyang and Leiyang, from Anjen to Chaling, north of Liuchow,
and west of Ishan.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 40th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) begins
a movement from Chakulia India to the Mariana Islands.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, in joint operations with the
British and Chinese army forces, 16 P-47s support the British 36 Division in
the Mongmit sector while 31 P-47s support the Chinese 38th and 50th Divisions
near Lashio and Namtu, respectively; a low B-25 strike knocks out a suspension
bridge at Namsang; 9 B-25s and 85 fighter-bombers blast troop concentrations,
supply areas, road traffic, and general targets of opportunity behind enemy
lines. 600+ transport sorties are completed to forward areas.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Nine B-24s from Guam hit blockhouses, and mortar and rocket-launching positions on the northwest of Iwo
Jima; During the night of 25/26 February, eight B-24s, flying separate harassment strikes, pound Susaki Airfield. In Hawaii,
HQ 508th Fighter Group and the 466th Fighter Squadron move from Kahuku to Mokuleia with P-47s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 38: 172 of 229 B-29s carry out a heavy
raid on Tokyo and bomb the urban area of Tokyo; 29 others hit alternates and
targets of opportunity; this is the XXI Bomber Command's largest mission to
date and its first three wing strike against Japan as the the 73d and 313th Bombardment
Wings (Very Heavy) are joined by the 314th; 3 B-29s are lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In Formosa, B-24s
bomb Takao and P-51s hit targets of opportunity along the east coast. B-24s attack troop concentrations on the east side of the Ipo River and pound
Japanese positions between Ipo and Osboy. B-24s bomb Tawau Airfield and Labuan Airfield.
HQ 49th Fighter Group and the 7th Fighter Squadron move from San
Jose to Lingayen Airfield with P-38s. Crashed is P-51D 44-63373 (survived).