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April 14, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SATURDAY, 14 APRIL 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 24 B-24s, supported by 12 P-51s, bomb Loyang and knock out a bridge over the Yellow River; 30+ B-25s and 130+ fighter-bombers attack bridges (knocking out at least 6), river, road, and rail traffic, troops, storage areas, town areas, and general targets of opportunity over the vast expanse of S and E China; the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF (attached to 23d Fighter Group), based at Chengkung, begins operating from Laohwangping with P-40s and P-51s.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 41 P-47s and P-38s attack troops, supplies, and fuel dumps at Tawnghkam Nawng-hkam, Mong Kung, Loi-makhkawn, and Nawngkaw; 8 P-38s damage bridges at Kong pau and Kyawngteng; 446 transport flights are flown to forward areas.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 24 Angaur Airfield based B-24s pound supply and personnel areas at Tigatto in the Philippines.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): B-29 units arriving at Northwest Field, from the US: HQ 16th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and the 16th and 17th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy); HQ 501st Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and the 21st and 485th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-25s sweep the Canton-Hong Kong, China waterways, hitting shipping and other targets and B-24s bomb four airfields on Formosa. B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers fly numerous strikes in support of ground forces and against airfields, gun positions, defenses, and troop concentrations throughout Luzon, Cebu, Negros, and Mindanao. Lost is P-51D Mustang 44-63651 (MIA).



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