March 5, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 5 MARCH 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, 30 B-25s knock out
bridges at Phu Xuyen, Thinh Duc, Phu Ly, Ninh Binh, and Phu Lang Thuong and
damage a bridge at Kep. In China, 2 B-25s, escorted by 8 P-47s, knock out a
bridge at Changtuikuan while 4 bomb Chikhom. 40+ P-51s and P-40s on armed reconnaissance
hit road, rail, and river traffic, town areas, and other targets of opportunity
in French Indochina, the C Yangtze River area, and elsewhere in S and E China.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 50+ P-47s support forces of
the British 36 Division in the Mogok sector and forces of the Chinese 50th
Division in the Mansam area; 46 P-47s and 12 B-25s hit troop concentrations
in the battle areas and attack supply areas, road traffic, and general targets
of opportunity behind enemy lines. 664 air supply sorties are flown to forward
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Susaki
Airfield is pounded by eleven B-24s from Guam; during the night of 5/6 Mar, 5 more hit Susaki
Airfield in individual
snooper strikes. 22 B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Matina
Airfield on Mindanao.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s hit San
On Luzon , B-24s with fighter support hit troops in the Antipolo area while
fighter-bombers dive-bomb San Pablo, hit Fort Drum, attack
troops west of Ft Stotsenburg, and support guerrilla forces NE of Lingayen Gulf.
Targets on Formosa are hit by fighters on sweeps and B-24s on armed reconnaissance;
the fighter sweeps are especially effective against railroad targets. B-25s
hit Zettle Field. HQ 5th Bombardment Group moves from Morotai to Guiuan Airfield; the 25th Liaison Squadron, FEAF (attached to Thirteenth AF) moves
from Biak to Dulag with UC-78s and L-5s.Crashed is P-51D 44-63310 (survived).