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
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
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 Colhoun (DD-801) was hit by one and severely damaged and scutted.