April 7, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 7 APRIL 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): A B-24 flies a radar-ferret mission along the
coasts of Paramushiru and Harumukotan.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Fourteen B-25s hit town areas and
targets of opportunity at Sichuan, Hsihhsiassuchi, Neihsiang, Shaoyang, and Nanchang and 24 P-51s attack river, road and rail traffic in the Yellow River
area, S of Anyi, at Yuncheng, and at Tengfeng. Four B-24s bomb harbors and dock
areas at Bakli Bay and Samah Bay and at Haiphong;
and eight P-38s hit targets of opportunity around Dien Bien Phu and along the Nam
Hon area in French Indochina.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): 95 fighter-bombers operating over and
behind Japanese lines in C Burma pound troop concentrations, trucks, and supply
areas, and sweep roads S of bomb line. The 3d Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat
Cargo Group, moves from Tulihal to Hathazari, India with C-47s.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: 24 B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb the barracks area
at Bunawan on Mindanao. VII Fighter Command: Mission 1: 91 of 108 P-51s
escort B-29s to Tokyo; they claim 21-5-7 Japanese aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 2 missions are flown. Mission 58: 101 of 107 B-29s
bomb the Nakajima aircraft engine plant at Tokyo; 2 others hit targets of opportunity;
they claim 80-23-50 Japanese aircraft; 3 B-29s are lost. Mission 59: 153 of
194 B-29s hit the Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Nagoya; 29 others hit targets
of opportunity; they claim 21-11-22 Japanese aircraft; 2 B-29s are lost. HQ
444th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) arrives at West Field, Tinian from
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Bad weather hampers
strikes N of the Philippines. B-24s and P-38s over Formosa hit various targets
of opportunity. Fighters fly 130+ sorties in support of ground
forces at Solvec Cove, Villa Verde Trail, Ipo and Marikina River and NE
Laguna de Bay. B-24s again bomb Bunawan on Mindanao. Other B-24s and
P-38s hit Jolo and B-24s bomb Bima Airfield on Sumbawa Island in the
Lesser Sunda Islands. Unit moves: 311th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group from San Jose to Mangaldan with P-47s; 550th Night Fighter
Squadron, XIII Fighter Command (attached to 85th Fighter Wing), from Morotai to Tacloban with
P-38s, P-61s and P-70s. Crashed on take off is B-24J "Lucky Don" 42-73485 (KIA).
USN: U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft from Task Group 58.1 (TG 58.1) and Task Group 58.3 (TG 58.3) attack in three waves the Japanese Navy Surface Special Attack Force during the Battle of the East China Sea in the East China Sea. The attacking carrier aircraft sink Battleship Yamato with torpedoes and bombs.
IJN: Operation Ten-Go: Surface Special Attack Force including Battleship Yamato, a light cruiser and eight destroyers depart Japan on a one way kamikaze mission bound for Okinawa to attack the U. S. fleet and became the last sortie of the Japanese Navy during World War II. Detected by U. S. submarines and aircraft, the force is tracked and attacked by U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft during the Battle of the East China Sea in the East China Sea with only four destroyers surviving the battle.