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April 27, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 1945

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s drop fragmentation bombs on the Kataoka naval base, a single B-24 hits Minami Cape and another flies a radar-ferret mission.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 5 B-25s and 70+ fighter bombers attack bridges, positions, villages and town areas, gun emplacements, and river, road, and rail traffic at many points in S and E China chiefly around Fantung.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 37 P-38s and P-47s hit troop concentrations in the Wan Pong and Nawng Leng areas; 12 other fighter bombers sweep roads S of the bomb line; transports complete 408 sorties throughout the day, landing or dropping 618 tons of supplies at forward bases and frontline areas; the 166th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 1st Air Commando Group, moves from Meiktila to Toungoo with UC-64s and L-5s.

AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Eleven B-24s from Guam based bomb Woleai.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Missions 108 to 113: 109 B-29s strike airfields at Izumi, Miyazaki, Kokubu, Miyakonojo, Kanoya, and Kushira on Kyushu; 3 B-29s hit targets of opportunity; 2 bombers are lost.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Luzon, B-25s attack Japanese installations at Cabatuan, La-lo, and Garit Norte; A-20s hit towns throughout the area; in S Luzon, fighter-bombers and A-20s hit targets E of Manila, in the Legaspi area, and at other scattered points. B-24s hit Jesselton Airfield and B-25s bomb Tarakan. B-24s bomb Mandai Airfield and other B-24s hit Soerabaja. The 550th Night Fighter Squadron, XIII Fighter Command (attached to 85th Fighter Wing), based at Tacloban with P-38s, P-61s and P-70s, sends a detachment to operate from Zamboanga. Ditched is A-20G 43-21390 (pilot rescued, 2 MIA).

RAAF: After midnight Liberator A72-133 ditched off Sumba Island (Soemba Island) with the entire crew captured and detained as Prisoners Of War (POW) until the end of the Pacific War.

IJN: Two torpedo bombers: B5N2 Kate piloted by Takahashi and B5N2 Kate piloted by Nagai (MIA) attack two American "aircraft carriers" (actually floating dry docks) dry docks in Seealder Harbor. During their attack, an aerial torpedo hit the rear pontoon Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock 4 (AFDB-4) damaging it.



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