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April 20, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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FRIDAY, 20 APRIL 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, seven B-25s hit the town of Neihsiang and attack railroad targets of opportunity from Saiping to Lohochai and from Linying, Burma to Hsuchang; 9 B-25s bomb Loyang and Luchou; 100+ P-51s, P-40s, and P-47s concentrate attacks against town areas throughout S and E China, also hitting troops, gun positions, river traffic, and other targets of opportunity.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): 32 P-38s knock out 3 bridges and damage 5 others in C Burma behind the enemy lines; 12 P-47s hit a troop concentration and ration dump at Tonglau, 18 attack a troop concentration around a monastery at Kengkawmanhaung, and 12 attack troops along a stream near Wan Nahpeit; 497 transport sorties land or drop 784 tons of supplies in forward areas. Unit moves: 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, from Sookerating to Warazup, Burma with C-47s; 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, from Myitkyina to Nagaghuli with F-6s and P-40s (a flight is operating from Akyab Airfield); 164th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, from Asansol to Sinthe, Burma with UC-64s and L-5s.

B-29 bombing has damaged the Musashi aircraft factory and stops production of the Nakajima Type 4 Fighter / Ki-84 Hayate (Frank).

AAFPOA (VII Fighter Command): Eleven P-51s from Iwo Jima bomb Haha Jima.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Tainan Airfield while P-51s attack Koshun Airfield. Large-scale FEAF support of ground forces on Luzon, Cebu, and Negros continues. B-24s bomb Sepinggang Airfield and Labuan Airfield and P-38s and B-25s hit Tarakan. Lost is B-24D "Patches" 42-73490 (MIA). HQ 475th Fighter Group from Clark Field to Lingayen Airfield; 386th Bombardment Squadron, 388th Bombardment Squadron and 389th Bombardment Squadron, 312th Bombardment Group from Mangaldan to Floridablanca with A-20s.



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