June 21, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 21 JUNE 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In French Indochina, sixteen B-25s bomb an
enemy fort at Bac Ninh, hit railroad yards and trains at Thanh Hoa, Phu Dien,
Yen Li Station, Ha Trung, and Ninh Binh, damage a tunnel at La Son, bomb a barge
concentration at Ha Dong, and attack a train near the Duc Tho bridge. 40+ P-51s
and P-38s hit road, rail, and river transport, coastal shipping, troops, supply
lines, and targets of opportunity in French Indochina and S and E China.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): 24 B-24s from Guam bomb fuel oil storage
and power plant buildings on Eten. The detachment of the
28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Seventh AF, operating from Ie Shima with F-5Es, returns to base on Okinawa.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 214: 25 B-29s mine the sea approaches
around Fushiki, Senzaki, Nanao, and Yuya Bay, Japan during the night of 21/22
Jun; 2 others mine alternate areas.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers attack
positions and supply areas in the Cagayan Valley plus other locations in north Luzon
and the Marikina and Infanta areas in central Luzon. In Borneo, B-24s pound the Balikpapan town area, Manggar Airfield, Sepinggang defenses, and Oelin Airfield and B-25s bomb the town of Keningau while P-38s blast the nearby airfield; the
fighter-bombers attack Kudat and caves near Jesselton. On Formosa, P-38s hit
targets at Mato and Kagi and targets of opportunity along the western coast. Lost on a search mission is OA-10 Catalina 44-34050 (12 MIA).
RNZAF: Fighters attack Rabaul area. Lost is F4U Corsair NZ5402 (POW).