April 8, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 8 APRIL 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 31 P-51s knock out a bridge
S of Shaoyang, destroy a section of track at Sincheng, and hit numerous road
and rail targets of opportunity in the Yellow River areas and points to the
south, from Shanhsien to Loning, at Hungtung, and S of Hei-Shih Kuan; Four B-24s attack
shipping targets of opportunity in the South China Sea and in Bakli Bay and Yulin Bay and bomb Kowloon Docks in Hong Kong.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): 50+ P-38s and P-47s operating in C Burma
battle areas attack troops, supplies, gun positions, and trucks at several points
along and behind enemy lines, and sweep roads S of bomb line; transports maintain
operations throughout the day. The 156th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 2d Air
Commando Group, based at Kalaikunda, India with UC-64s and L-5s, sends a detachment
to operate from Myitche, Burma.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: 25 B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb the Bunawan area
on Mindanao. VII Fighter Command: During the night of 8/9 Apr, 6 P-61s
from Iwo Jima, operating singly at 2-hour intervals, bomb Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, Ani Jima, and Ototo Jima.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 2 missions are flown against airfields on Kyushu from which kamikaze attacks are originating. Mission 60: 29 of
32 B-29s strike two runways at Kanoya Airfield. Mission 61: 48 B-29s attack the airfield
at Kokubu; 1 B-29 is lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: For the second consecutive
day bad weather prevents attacks on the primary targets north of the Philippines. B-24s and B-25s hit secondary targets including Chomosui Airfield in
the Pescadores Islands, and on Formosa, Tainan and railroad yards, the
towns of Takao, Toko, and Kaiko, and other scattered objectives. A-20s and fighter-bombers
over Luzon support ground forces particularly in the areas E of Manila.
B-24s join A-20s and fighter-bombers in support of ground forces on Cebu and
Negros. Other B-24s bomb the N Davao
Bay area on Mindanao and
Jolo Island. Unit moves to Luzon: 33d Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier
Group, from Hollandia, New Guinea to Nielson
Field with C-47s; 69th Fighter
Squadron, 58th Fighter Group from San Jose, Mindoro Island to Mangaldan with
RAAF: P-40N A29-446 force landed at Bohle River Airfield and was written off.