March 7, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 7 MARCH 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-25s, dispatched to strike
a reported convoy in the Kuriles but abort due to weather. Also, eight B-24s depart on
a shipping sweep and a strike against Kataoka on Shimushu but abort due to weather.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-25s and 9 P-40s blast railroad
targets N of Kiaotow; single B-25s hit truck convoys in the Hsiang River Valley,
the waterfront at Changsha, and a bridge and other targets of opportunity on
the Pinghan railroad; 130+ fighter-bombers attack numerous targets throughout
S and E China, concentrating on railroad, road, and river targets in the areas
around Nanking, Yoyang, Sintsiang, and Changsha.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth
Air Force): In Burma, 30 P-47s support troops of the British 36 Division
in the Mogok area; 18 others support elements of the Chinese 50th Division
near Mansam; elements of the Chinese 38th Division occupy Lashio; 12 B-25s
and 35 fighter-bombers attack road targets, troops,vehicles, and a variety
of targets of opportunity immediately behind enemy lines. Transports
fly 630 sorties supplying forward areas with men and equipment.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven Guam based B-24s hit Susaki Airfield and the town of Okimura. During
the night of 7/8 Mar in individual harassment strikes, five B-24s more hit Susaki Airfield.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-24s hit the Balete
Pass area while
A-20s and fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations and gun positions near
Antipolo and near San Fernando,
NW of Ft Stotsenburg, and in the Bayombong-Solano area
and targets of opportunity in the Lake Taal area, the towns of Santa
and on Caballo; numerous ground support missions are flown throughout Luzon. Lost is bombing Balete Pass are B-24L Liberator 44-41481 (MIA) and B-24J Liberator 44-40979 (6 KIA, 5 survived).