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April 10, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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 Jima.

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 Pass, Baguio, 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.



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