THURSDAY, 19 APRIL 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-25s on a bombing mission against Kuriles abort
due to weather.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, twelve B-24s bomb railway repair
shops at Taiyuan; three B-24 attack targets of opportunity in Bakli Bay, eight B-25s attack bridges and rail and road traffic N and NE of Anyang
and NE of Taiku, damaging or destroying several locomotives and numerous boxcars;
100+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-47s attack town areas, troops, river, road, and rail
traffic, and general targets of opportunity all over S and E China and hit a
few targets of opportunity in N French Indochina.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 14 P-38s hit supplies near
Paklu, a fuel dump at Hainang, and bridges near Kunna; 1 bridge is knocked out;
6 other P-38s attack targets of opportunity along roads behind enemy lines;
air supply operations continue as 800 tons of supplies are landed or dropped
in forward areas.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: Seventeen B-24s from Guam hit Dublon, Fefan and Eten in Truk. Twenty-five B-24s from Angaur Airfield bomb Arakabesan and Koror. VII Fighter Command: 8 P-51s from Iwo Jima bomb and
strafe Futamiko in the Bonin. During the night of 19/20 Apr, Six P-61s
from Iwo Jima, operating singly and at intervals, bomb and strafe Chichi, Haha,
and Muko Jima. Very Long Range Mission 4: 104 P-51s fly a fighter sweep
to Atsugi Airfield and Yokusuka Airfield; they claim 23-0-7 aircraft in the
air and 14-0-23 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: B-24s
bomb Tainan Airfield and Shinchiku town. Numerous missions are flown in support
of ground forces on Luzon, Cebu, and Negros. On Mindanao, other
B-24s bomb personnel areas at Kabacan, Cagayan, and along the Davao River. Tarakan is hit by a light B-25 strike while B-24s returning from a French Indochina
coastal sweep bomb Sandakan. B-25s, with P-51 cover, hit Haimi. Unit moves
Luzon: HQ 3d Air Commando Group and the 3d Fighter Squadron (Commando) from Mangaldan to Laoag with P-51s; HQ 35th Fighter Group from Lingayen Airfield to Clark
Field; HQ 312th Bombardment Group from Mangaldan to Floridablanca;
431st, 432d and 433d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, from Clark
Field to Lingayen Airfield with P-38s. The 25th Liaison Squadron, 13 AF, moves from Dulag to Malabang with UC-78s and L-5s.