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April 19, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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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 on 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; the 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.



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