May 29, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 29 MAY 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-25s weather abort a shipping sweep along the
east coasts of Paramushiru and Shimushu.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, a single B-24 damages a railroad
bridge over the Huto River and 4 B-25s and 4 P-51s knock out a bridge S of Kuanshuishih.
In French Indochina, 2 B-25s attack locomotives near Vinh and about 30 fighter-bombers attack communications and transportation
targets around Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Quang Tri, Vinh and Yen, Chenghsien and Yoyang,
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): The 88th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter
Group, moves from Moran to Dudhkundi, India with P-47s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 186: 454 B-29s, escorted by 101 P-51s
from the VII Fighter Command for the first time on a fire-bomb raid, bomb Yokohama with incendiaries and destroy the main business district (a third of the city's
area) along the waterfront; the burned out area of Yokohama now amounts to almost
9 square miles; about 150 Japanese fighters attack the formations;
the B-29s claim 6 fighters and the P-51s claim 26-9-23: 7 B-29s including B-29 "City of Atlanta" 42-94039 (MIA) plus 3 P-51s
are lost. HQ 509th Composite Group arrives at North Field from
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, 100+ B-24s
bomb Kiirun and several other towns and B-25s, and fighter-bombers, hit the Tainan alcohol plant and targets of opportunity. B-24s, B-25s,
and A-20s hit a variety of targets in north Luzon while other fighter bombers hit
the central part of Luzon including the Cagayan Valley, Baguio, Balete, and Ipo areas. Two B-32 In Borneo, B-24s hit Oelin Airfield, Tabanio Airfield, and Fort Brook Airfield. Lost is F-5F Lightning 44-24953 (MIA).
U. S. flag raised by U. S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Richard P. Ross, Jr. atop Shuri Castle on Okinawa.