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April 16, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): B-25s abort a mission to bomb Hayakegawa because of weather front; six B-24s radar bomb the Kataoka naval base on Shimushu; another B-24 flies a radar-ferret sortie.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 18 B-24s pound a storage area at Linfen; three B-24s bomb targets of opportunity in the Bakli Bay and Canton areas; 10 B-25s bomb Yungfengshih, Kweilin, and Shanhsien, knocking out one bridge and hitting buildings, river shipping, and rail traffic. About 120 fighter-bombers over S and E China hit river, road, and rail traffic, town areas, troops, and general targets of opportunity at many scattered locations; the 490th Bombardment Squadron, 341st Bombardment Group, based at Hanchung sends a detachment to operate from Hsian with B-25s.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 22 fighter-bombers pound troop concentrations in the Ke-hsi Mansam vicinity; 19 others attack road bridges behind enemy lines, claiming 1 bridge destroyed; air transport operations to forward areas continue on steady basis.

USN: F6F Hellcats from VF-23 conduct a dive bombing mission over Kanoya Airfield. Lost is F6F Hellcat 78022 (MIA).

AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: Eighteen Guam based B-24s pound Marcus. 2 P-61s from Saipan bomb and strafe Pagan. VII Fighter Command: Mission 3: In the first very long range fighter operation from Iwo Jima, P-51s with Twentieth AF B-29 navigational escort, strafe and bomb targets at Kanoya Airfield; four P-51s are lost; B-25s continue to furnish navigational escort in all subsequent VII Fighter Command strikes (through 14 Aug) on Japan from Iwo Jima.

USMC: Lost over Palau is FG-1D Corsair 76471 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, B-25s hit Taien Airfield, while B-24s and P-51s bomb Giran Airfield and Matsuyama Airfield and nearby areas. Fighter bombers hit N Luzon Island bivouacs and other targets and support strikes and sweeps are flown over Cebu, Negros, and Mindanao with B-25s hitting highways on Mindanao and B-24s hit Carabao. P-38s pound Lingkas Tank Farm and other targets at Tarakan. During the night of 15/16 Apr B-24s bomb Taihoku, Formosa. The 387th Bombardment Squadron, 312th Bombardment Group moves from Mangaldan to Floridablanca with A-20s. Damaged in a take off accident is P-51D 44-64145 (survived) and P-51D 44-63280 (survived).

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