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April 6, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 6 APRIL 1945

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-24s attack and photograph Kurabu on Paramushiru, especially Kurabu Airfield while eight B-25s hit radar installations in an all-out attack on Hayakegawa, Kotani Island, and Minami Cape, dropping napalm-filled incendiaries for the first time; buildings and shipping in north part of Hayakegawa are hit especially hard; another B-25 flies weather reconnaissance.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-24s hit targets of opportunity in the Bakli Bay area and four P-38s knock out a bridge in the Dien Bien Phu area. In China, 8 P-51s blast railroad targets of opportunity, troops, horses, and boat landings in the Chenghsien area and along the Lung Hai railroad and Yellow River.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): With improving weather conditions combat strikes in the C Burma battle area increase; 70+ fighter-bombers attack troop concentrations, artillery positions, tanks, trucks, fuel dumps, and general targets of opportunity along and immediately behind enemy lines; targets are located in several areas including Paklu, Nawnghkio, Loilem, Takaw, Mong Hko, Kongleng, Nawnghsan Pu, and Indaw; air supply sorties continue on a steady basis throughout the day.

Japan: The Kamikaze offensive reaches a peak with 355 suicide sorties and 341 dive bombers and torpedo bombers launched against the U.S. Pacific Fleet off Okinawa.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s from Guam pound Marcus Airfield and positions on Marcus Island. 23 from Angaur Airfield bomb barracks and a wharf at Bunawan, Mindanao. 400 Kamikaze planes make an all-out effort against Okinawa shipping and beachheads; 2 destroyers, 2 ammunition ships, a mine sweeper and an LST are sunk; other vessels are damaged; nearly 300 Japanese planes are expended. The 163d Liaison Squadron, AAFPOA (attached to Tenth Army) begins a movement from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to Okinawa with L-5s.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 468th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) arrives at West Field on Tinian from India.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s bomb the town of Hokko on Formosa. On Luzon, ground support sorties continue in areas around Balete Pass, W of Ft Stotsenburg, N, NE, and S of Laguna de Bay, and around Legaspi and fighters hit Carabao and Infanta. B-24s bomb a town N of Cebu City while fighters support ground units on Cebu. A-20s support ground forces on Negros Island. B-25s pound Bunawan on Mindanao. B-24s bomb Jolo defenses and ammunition and supply dumps. At Manila US Army Forces, Pacific (AFPAC) is established under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The 310th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group, moves from San Jose, Mindoro Island to Mangaldan wiJapanese kamikaze aircraftth P-47s.

USN: Strong Japanese air opposition developed in the first of a series of mass kamikaze attacks (suicide attacks) involving roughly 400 enemy aircraft that target the U. S. fleet off Okinawa. Sunk by three kamikaze aircraft is USS Bush DD-529 and USS ColhounĀ (DD-801) was hit by one and severely damaged and scutted.



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