April 10, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 10 APRIL 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): In coordinated operations with US Navy (USN) aircraft,
seven B-24s napalm-bomb Kataoka Naval Base on Shimushu;
Four B-25s attempt to hit radar installations on Minami Cape on Shumshu,
the primary air warning station in the Kuriles, but fail to release bombs due
to an approach error; three other B-25s deck level bomb a Masugawa River cannery;
and a B-24 investigates ice floes along the Kuriles.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 23 B-24s pound Yungcheng, China storage
areas; 50+ B-25s and 180+ fighter-bombers (operating in small flights) attack
numerous targets throughout S and E China; targets hit are mainly troops, horses,
town areas, storage areas, and river, road, and rail traffic.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): About 30 fighter-bombers attack troop
concentrations at Tonglau, at points along the Zawgyi River, and at other locations
in the C Burma battle area; 455 transport sorties are flown to forward areas.
The 82d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 12th Bombardment Group (Medium) based
at Fenny with B-25s, begins operating from Meiktila.
AAFPOA (VII Fighter Command): During the night of 10/11 April, six Iwo Jima based
P-61s, flying individual strikes bomb and strafe Chichi, Muko, Ani, and Haha
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb the town
of Koshun. A-20s and fighter-bombers again support ground forces
in SW Luzon and in the Balete
and Solvec Cove areas, and pound the Legaspi area. B-24s and fighter-bombers
support ground forces on Cebu. B-24s bomb Liang Airfield on Ambon and Bingkalapa Airfield
on Celebes. HQ 35th Fighter Group and 39th Fighter Squadron move
from Mangaldan to Lingayen Airfield with P-51s.