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April 9, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force: Nine B-24s bomb the docks at Canton and Kowloon in Hong Kong and attack targets of opportunity at Bakli Bay; eight B-25s bomb Sinyang railroad yards and nearby targets of opportunity; 13 other B-25s knock out a bridge N of Hsuchang and hit various targets around Laohokow, Sichuan, Sinyang, Likuanchiao, Lichen, and along the Han River; and 19 P-51s hit targets of opportunity in or near Neihsiang, Laohokow, and Sichuan. Two P-38s blast trucks in the Dien Bien Phu area. The 91st Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, based at Fungwanshan with P-47s, begins operating from Hsian.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): 70+ P-38s and P-47s attack troops, supplies, gun positions, and general targets of opportunity along and behind the C Burma battleline around Mong Pawn, Wan Htum, Pang po, Kyawkku, Mong Hko, Hanhwe-Mu, Laihka, and other points; transports complete 415 sorties to forward areas.

AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: Seventeen B-24s from Guam pound Marcus Island Airfield and defensive installations. 22 B-24s from Angaur Airfield hit a troop concentration at Kabacan, Mindanao. VII Fighter Command: Sixteen P-51s from Iwo Jima bomb and strafe military installations at Chichi Jima during the early morning.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 62: During the night of 9/10 April, sixteen B-29s mine the Shimonoseki Strait between Kyushu and Honshu without loss.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: A-20s and fighter bombers support ground forces at Balete Pass, Baguio, and Solvec Cove areas and at several points in SW Luzon, and attack Japanese forces in the Legaspi area. B-24s and fighter-bombers support ground forces on Cebu and on Negros. Several B-24s on armed reconnaissance missions hit China and Indochina coastal targets.

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