April 5, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 5 APRIL 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 27 fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance
attack troops, horses, and river, road, and rail traffic at Son La, French Indochina
and Shanhsien and Shihkiachwang, and in the Tehsien and Loyang-Pinglo area of
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, bad weather cancels scheduled
strikes; transports continue large-scale operations to forward areas. The 166th
Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Ondaw to Meiktila with UC-64s and L-5s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eighteen B-24s from Guam hit targets on Eten and Dublon at Truk. Twenty-two B-24s from Angaur Airfield pound a bivouac area at Bunawan on Mindanao.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 315th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) arrives
at Northwest Field from the US.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Kowloon
Docks and a nearby airfield in Hong Kong, while other B-24s bomb Kiirun Harbor. Damaged and later sunk is Kamoi. 180+ sorties in support of ground forces are flown on Luzon.
A-20s and patrolling P-61s support troops on Cebu and Negros. P-38s
hit Tarakan and Tawau, Borneo. HQ 58th Fighter Group moves from San Jose Airfield to Mangaldan.
The Soviet Union renounced the Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact (Japanese–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact) origianlly signed by the two nations on April 13, 1941.