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April 29, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology

SUNDAY, 29 APRIL 1945

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Twelve B-25s attempting to bomb targets in the Kuriles abort due to a weather front. Six B-24s radar-bomb Kataoka naval base on Shimushu.

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 3 B-25s and 4 P-47s blast targets at the Taiyuan railroad yards; about 50 fighter-bombers, operating in forces of 1 to 4 aircraft, blast numerous targets of opportunity in S and E China, hitting especially the Fantung area.

INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 5 P-47s attack Laihka Airfield; 6 others strafe troops and horses at Tadamo; transports fly 427 sorties to forward areas, landing or dropping 537 tons of supplies. Unit moves: 81st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 12th Bombardment Group (Medium), ceases operating from Meiktila with B-25s and returns to base at Fenny; 317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, based at Kalaikunda, India with C-47s, sends a detachment to operate from Akyab Airfield.

AAFPOA VII Fighter Command: Twenty P-47s from Saipan sweep Truk, strafing airfields, defenses, and gun positions on Moen and Param and hit Param and Falas with rockets. Seventh Air Force: 24 Guam-based B-24s subsequently attack the same airfields as the fighters. Twenty B-24s, operating in two forces, pound Marcus Airfield.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Missions 120 to 125: 111 B-29s strike airfields on Kyushu including Miyazaki, Miyakonojo, Kokubu, two runways at Kanoya, and Kushira Airfield; they claim nearly 30 Japanese aircraft shot down; 2 B-29s are lost.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: In support of ground forces on Luzon, fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations, supply areas, pillboxes, gun positions, vehicles, and other targets mainly in the Balete Pass, Baguio, and Echague areas and A-20s hit the New Bosoboso area, where fighters also support ground forces concentrating in the Ipo Dam area. In Borneo, B-24s pound Kuching Airfield while B-25s bomb Tarakan. Other B-24s hit Langoan Airfield, Mandai Airfield, and Mapanget Airfield. P-38s sweep French Indochina and strafe Thu Dau Mot Airfield. The 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 3d Air Commando Group, moves from Mangaldan to Laoag with C-47s.

U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF): Lost is L-4 pilot Perkins (MIA) over Okinawa.

USN: USS Comfort (AH-6) is hit by a kamikaze plane off Okinawa, this is the third attack on a medical vessel.



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