May 19, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 19 MAY 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eight B-25s try to bomb Minami Cape radar installation
and cannery on the Naka River on Shimushu; only one gets near the targets
and bombs and strafes the area, while intense AA fire and enemy fighters drive
off the rest. Lost is B-25J 43-36140 (3 POW, 3 MIA) and another B-25 with a third reaches Petropavlovsk,
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 4 B-25s blast the Kaifeng warehouse
area, destroying at least 5 warehouses, while another hits nearby railroad tracks;
another B-25 bombs the town of Shanhsien; about 90 fighter- bombers attack river,
road, and rail shipping, troops, supplies and general targets of opportunity,
continuing the disruption of troop movement and withdrawal in S and E China.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): The detachments of the 127th and 155th
Liaison Squadrons (Commando), 2d Air Commando Group, operating from Akyab Airfield with UC-64s and L-5s, return to base at Kalaikunda, India.
AAFPOA (VII Fighter Command): 100 P-51s are dispatched to escort B-29s to Tachikawa but abort due to weather. HQ 413th Fighter Group and 1st, 21st and 34th
Fighter Squadrons arrive on Ie Shima from the US with P-47s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 178: 272 B-29s make an abortive raid on
the Tachikawa Aircraft Company and bomb the city of Hamamatsu; 14 others hit
targets of opportunity; 4 B-29s are lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s
pound Kiirun Harbor, B-25s sweep the west coast, of Formosa hitting several targets including
Toyohara, Nisui, and along the Ts'eng-Wen River, hitting a railroad yard, storage
facilities, and damaging an alcohol plant on the Ts'eng Wen and fighters sweep
the Giran, Tainan and Heito areas. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter- bombers support
ground forces throughout Luzon, concentrating in the Ipo Dam area. P-38s
support ground action on Cebu. In Borneo, B-24s bomb Oelin Airfield and,
along with P-38s, attack targets on Tarakan. The air echelon of the 8th
Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Reconnaissance Group, based at Dulag with F-5s, begins operating from Clark