May 30, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 30 MAY 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Seven B-25s pound railroad yards at Sinsiang
and knock out a bridge at Sincheng; 28 fighter-bombers attack bridges, enemy
positions, trucks, railroad targets, barracks, and general targets of opportunity
around Anyang, Liuchow, Chingmen, Chungmow, Linfen, Huluehchen, Kweilin, Hsinganhsien,
Leiyang, and Yenkoupu.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): The 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter
Group, moves from Moran to Dudhkundi, India with P-47s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): Ten B-24s from Guam hit Marcus
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Fourteen P-47s strafe barges at Truk; 28 P-47s
from Ie Shima hit shipping and a lighthouse at Amami-O-Shima, and
Okino Erabu, Ryukus Islands. The 320th Troop Carrier Squadron and 393d Bombardment
Squadron (Very Heavy), 509th Composite Group, arrive at North Field from the US with C-47s, C-54s and B-29s respectively.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, 100+ B-24s
pound Takao while fighters sweep the coastal areas and B-25s concentrate on
the Shinei area. A-20s hit Cagayan Valley targets. B-24s and
fighters hit several targets in Borneo, concentrating on Tawau personnel and
supply area and the Ranau Airfield.
USMC - PBJ Mitcells bomb enemy installations at the Kibawe Trail near Davao. Lost is PBJ Mitchell 35243 (MIA) and PBJ Mitchell 35164 (MIA).
Australian Army: General Stanley G. Savige
Commanding Officer (C. O.) II Corps took a reconnaissance flight over northern Bougainville including Porton observing pillboxes and bunkers and believed an amphibious landing by the 31st/51st Battalion at Porton Plantation would bypass these defenses and allow them to advance across the peninsula to Chindawon. The Australians incorrectly believed Porton Plantation was lightly defended and in early June 1944 began planning the operation.