May 11, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 11 MAY 1945
USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) off Okinawa hit by two kamikaze A6M Zeros attack each releases a bombs that hit the carrier. The first bomb went through the carrier and exploded in the sea as the Zero crashed into the flight deck and fell into the sea. Thirty seconds later, a second A6M Zero released a bomb penetrated the flight deck and exploded causing gasoline fires and triggered several explosions. Aboard, the carrier suffered the loss of 346 killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. A total of seventy-eight aircraft were destroyed and the carrier badly damaged.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-25s and 4 P-47s knock out
the Chungmow bridge and damage a bridge at Sincheng; Two B-25s bomb truck convoys
in the Paoching, Hengyang, and Changsha areas; 60+ fighter-bombers hit troops,
artillery positions, communications targets, and general targets of opportunity
in S and E China, concentrating on the Yangchi and Fantung areas.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): Unit moves in India: HQ 443d Troop Carrier
Group from Ledo to Dinjan and 459th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group from
Rumkha to Dudhkundi with P-38s.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: Ten B-24s from Guam hit Param Airfield, while thirteen B-24s pound Marcus Airfield.
VII Fighter Command: 14 P-51s from Iwo Jima strafe and bomb the radio
station at Chichi Jima.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 6 missions are flown. Missions 167 to 171: 50
B-29s attack airfields at Oita Airfield, Saeki Airfield, Nittagahara Airfield, Miyazaki Airfield and Miyakonojo Airfield
on Kyushu; 8 others hit targets of opportunity. Missions against Japanese
airfields terminate the air campaign, begun on 17 Apr, during which the Twentieth
AF has devoted a major effort toward hitting sources of Kamikaze raids against
USN and US Marine Corps (USMC) forces in the Battle of Okinawa. Mission 172:
92 B-29s bomb the Kawanishi aircraft plant at Kobe; 1 other hits a target of
opportunity; they claim 9 Japanese fighters; 1 B-29 is lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, B-24s
bomb Toshien Airfield and the towns of Koshun, Kato, Takao, Toko, and Shajo
and B-25s pound Kagi. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers continue
to support the ground action near Paranum and in the Ipo Dam sector. On Borneo,
B-24s bomb Keningau Airfield and B-25s bomb the Brunei Bay area. On Celebes
Island, B-24s hit Mandai Airfield and Boeloedowang Airfields. Unit moves: 12th Fighter
Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, ceases operating from Puerto Princesa with P-38s
and returns to base at Zamboanga; 498th Bombardment Squadron
(Medium), 345th Bombardment Group (Medium), from San Marcelino to Clark
Field with B-25s.