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March 28, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-24s bomb Haiphong and Hanoi docks and the Bakli Bay barracks. In China, 9 B-25s and 8 P-40s hit rivercraft and other targets from Yanglowtung to Sienning; 9 other B-25s hit junks, storage, and targets of opportunity in the Lushan area and 7 bomb Chingmen; 14 B-25s, operating in groups of 1 to 4 aircraft, hit rivercraft and scattered targets of opportunity at several other points in S and E China; 120+ fighter-bombers over French Indochina and S and E China continue to pound numerous targets of opportunity, mainly river, road, and rail traffic and troop concentrations; rivercraft and airfields including Kai Tek Airfield plus Canton, Hankow Airfield, and Wuchang Airfield are hit. In China, the 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), based at Yangkai sends a detachment to operate from Chihkiang with B-25s; the 19th Liaison Squadron, 69th Composite Wing, moves from Kunming to Chengkung with L-1s and L-5s.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 3 mining missions are flown during the night of 28/29 Mar without loss:
Mission 46: 10 B-29s mine the mouth of the Hwangpoo River and the southern channel of the Yangtze River at Shanghai.
Mission 47: 17 of 18 B-29s mine the waters off Saigon and Camranh Bay.
Mission 48: 32 of 33 B-29s mine the Singapore area.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): 30+ fighter-bombers operating over and behind the battlelines in C Burma attack troop concentrations, supply areas, elephant transport, and general targets of opportunity at or near Wan Hong, Ho-na, Kyu-sawk, Nawnghkio, and Na-ti; 642 air supply sorties are flown to advanced bases and over the frontlines, where supplies are dropped, throughout the day.

Seventh Air Force: Ten B-24s from Guam bomb Truk. Flying separate snooper strikes, five hit Susaki Airfield during the night of 28/29 March. VII Fighter Command: Fifteen P-51s from Iwo Jima hit airfields and defenses on Chichi Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-24s and fighter-bombers hit Balete Pass tracks and ridges, installations at Santa Fe, and ground support targets N of Laguna de Bay and in Cavite and Batangas Provinces and B-25s and A-20s attack troop concentrations at Baguio and Ilagan. Bombers hit the Cebu City area and pound airfields on Negros. B-24s bomb Likanan Airfield. Other B-24s hit Takao and Tainan while B-25s hit shore targets along the French Indochina coast. The 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Leyte to Clark Field with C-47s.

U. S. Army: Americal Division occupied Cebu City and advanced to Lahug Airfield and encounter the first signifigant Japanese resistance including machine gun and mortar fire from two strongly defended hills to the west: Hill 30 and Go Chan Hill

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