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April 17, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, four B-25s and 4 P-51s blast river shipping S of Yiyang; 6 B-25s bomb the area around Kwangsi University at Liang-feng; two B-24s bomb the Bakli Bay dock area; 70+ P-51s and P-40s hit troops, town areas, road traffic, river shipping, and general targets of opportunity at several locations in S and E China including Changsha, Sinning, Sinhwa, Yiyang, Tungting Lake, Paoching, Yungfengshih, Shanhsien, Lingling, Pingsiang, Tsinkong, and Hochih.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, eighteen fighter-bombers hit troops and supplies near Mong Kung and Wan Hpun; 12 others attack vehicles and other targets of opportunity along roads south of the bomb line; 489 transport sorties are completed to forward areas throughout the day.

AAFPOA (VII Fighter Command): 18 P-51s flying two strikes from Iwo Jima attack vessels in Futamiko in the Bonin Islands.

5th AF: Damaged during a landing accident is P-51K 44-12025 (pilot survived).

USMC: Ditched on a ferry mission is F4U 49668 (pilot survived).

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Missions 70 to 75: 118 B-29s bomb airfields at Tachiarai, Kokubu, Izumi, Nittagahara, and 2 at Kanoya; 5 others attack targets of opportunity; beginning on this date and continuing through 11 May, XXI Bomber Command devotes about 75 per cent of its combat effort to support of the Okinawa campaign; during this period the B-29s fly more than 2,100 sorties against 17 airfields on Kyushu and Shikoku which are dispatching air attacks (including Kamikaze raids) against USN and USMC forces.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, B-24s bomb Taichu Airfield, Shinshoshi Airfield, Toyohara Airfield and Okayama Airfield and B-25s hit Taito Airfield. Numerous sweeps and sorties are flown in support of ground forces over Luzon, Cebu, Negros, and Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. B-24s over Mindanao bomb Cotabato and Kabacan. The 69th and 311th Fighter Squadrons, 58th Fighter Group, move from Mangaldan to Porac with P-47s. Lost is A-20G 42-86748 (MIA) and crash landed is P-51K 44-12025 (survived).

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