May 12, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 12 MAY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Seventeen B-25s and eight P-51s bomb the
barracks and storage area at Loyang and hit railroad targets around Sinsiang
and Sinyang, from Hankow to Sinyang, from Chenghsien to Szeshui, from Kioshan
to Lohochai, and between Hengshan and Yoyang and knock out a bridge north of Hengyang;
150+ fighter-bombers again hit scattered targets in S and E China, concentrating
on road, rail, and river traffic and supply lines.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): Unit moves in India: 12th Combat Cargo
Squadron, 3d Combat Cargo Group, from Tulihal to Ledo with C-47s; 71st Liaison
Squadron, Tenth AF, from Dinjan to Piardoba with UC-64s, L-1s, L-4s and L-5s.
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: Nine Guam based B-24s bomb Marcus Airfield,
while twelve more hit Param Airfield. VII Fighter
Command: The 6th Night Fighter Squadron, 7th Fighter Wing, arrives at Kipapa Field with P-61s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): HQ 331st Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and 355th,
356th and 357th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy) and HQ 502d Bombardment Group
(Very Heavy) and 402d, 411th and 430th Bombardment Squadrons (Very Heavy) arrive
at Northwest Field, Guam Island from the US with B-29s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: A-20s and fighter-
bombers support ground forces on Luzon and Negros Islands. In French Indochina,
B-24s pound several railroad and road bridges at Binh Dinh, Phu My, Bong Son,
Lai Ha, Tuy Hoa, and Phu Hiep and attack the railroad yard at An Trach and other
railroad targets. In Borneo, B-24s, B-25s, and P-38s hit targets in the Brunei
Bay area including Labuan AIrfield, Brooketon Airfield, and Jesselton Airfields and troops
on Tarakan. On Celebes Island, B-24s bomb Makassar shipyards and Limboeng
Airfield. HQ 345th Bombardment Group (Medium) and 499th and 501st Bombardment
Squadrons (Medium) move from San Marcelino to Clark
Field with B-25s.