May 22, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 22 MAY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 15 B-25s and 7 fighter- bombers
knock out a rail bridge at Hei-Shih Kuan, damage a bridge approach at Hwayuan,
and hit a variety of targets S of Kuo-lueh-chen; 10 P-51s drop napalm on trucks,
barracks, storage, trains, and town areas at Sinyang, and Shanyangchen; 45 other
fighter-bombers and photo reconnaissance aircraft attack railroad targets, bridges,
troops, and other targets at several S and E China points and survey enemy movements.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): The flight of the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance
Squadron, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, operating from Akyab Airfield with F-6s, returns to base at Nagaghuli.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 180: During the night of 22/23 May, 30
B-29s mine Shimonoseki Strait and approaches; 1 B-29 is lost.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: On Formosa, B-24s
bomb Toshien and Okayama while B-25s hit an oil plant west of Kagi and several
targets of opportunity. B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers attack the Santa
Fula, and Casambalangan areas in the north of Luzon and support ground
forces in the Ipo Dam and Marikina areas in the south. In Borneo, B-24s, B-25s,
and fighter-bombers attack Jesselton, Kudat, Bintula and Tarakan.
RAAF: Crashed on landing is Auster A11-26 (crew survived).