June 18, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 18 JUNE 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Six B-24s join US Navy aircraft in attacking Kataoka on Shimushu and Tomari Cape, Paramushiru but cloud cover prevents observation of effects; One B-24 flies
a radar-ferret mission over the Kurile Islands.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 70+ P-51s, P-61s, and P-47s continue to
disrupt the Japanese withdrawal from S and E China, attacking bridges, villages
and town areas, barracks, troop concentrations, motor transport, shipping and
rail traffic, and targets of opportunity throughout wide areas.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA: Supporting US Sixth
Army forces on Luzon, B-25s, A-20s, and fighter-bombers continue to
targets in the Cagayan Valley, Balete
Pass, and Cervantes areas, and other locations.
In Borneo, B-24s blast troop concentrations in Balikpapan and S of Miri, Manggar
Airfield and Sepinggang defenses and B-25s support ground forces on Labuan.
In Formosa, B-24s destroy a block of buildings and several warehouses and small
vessels in the Kiirun Harbor area, P-51s hit Taien Airfield and Toyohara Airfield and
of opportunity while P-38s start numerous fires in the town of Kari. Lost is C-47B 43-49762 (MIA).
U. S. Army:
Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. was Killed In Action (KIA) on a hilltop at Itoman on southern Okinawa.