March 20, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 20 MARCH 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, four P-38s claim 11 trucks destroyed and 9 damaged between Son La and Hoa Binh.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): Twenty P-47s sweep roads south of the bomb line in central Burma; 16 others hit supply dumps behind Japanese lines. Transports continue to supply forward areas.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: Twelve B-24s from Guam bomb Susaki Airfield; during the night of 20/21 March, four other B-24s fly single strikes against the airfield. VII Fighter Command: The air echelon of the 549th
Night Fighter Squadron, ceases operating from Saipan and moves to Motoyama No. 1 with P-61s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Luzon, B-24s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers fly numerous ground support missions and hit targets at Balete
Pass, Bayombong, Tuguegarao, Antamok, San
Fernando, Bontoc and along roads. B-24s pound the supply and personnel area east of Cebu City and north of Mambaling on Cebu, defensive positions northwest of Talisay and AA guns to the north, and also bomb Talisay. Other B-24s bomb the town of Tainan. B-25s on a shipping sweep sink three small vessels near Qui Nhon, French Indochina. The 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Morotai (Pitu) to Guiuan with B-24s; the detachments of the 75th and 390th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), operating from Morotai return to base at Sansapor with B-25s.