June 22, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 22 JUNE 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Major General John B Brooks relieves Brigadier
General Isaiah Davies as Commanding General, Eleventh AF.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): 23 B-25s and 4 P-47s pound trucks, trains,
and gun positions in the Hanoi area and in China, bomb railroad
yards and barracks area at Sinsiang, hit rail and road targets, buildings, and
radar station in the Showyang area, knock out a bridge S of Saiping, and damage
a bridge N of Hsuchang; 40+ fighters hit rail, road, and river traffic, artillery
emplacements, line positions, and other targets in French Indochina and S and
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): The 5th and 6th Fighter Squadrons (Commando),
1st Air Commando Group, moves from Kalaikunda to Asansol with P-47s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 446 B-29s are dispatched in 6 missions to targets
on S Honshu Island, Japan during the day. Mission 215: 162 B-29s attack the Kure Naval Arsenal and 12 others hit alternate targets; 72% of the roof area
of the arsenal is damaged; 2 B-29s are lost. Mission 216: 108 B-29s hit the
Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Tamashima destroying 135 of 231 machine tools and
almost half the roof area; 10 others hit alternate targets; 2 B-29s are lost.
Mission 217: 52 B-29s attack the Kawanishi aircraft plant at Himeji causing
great destruction among the buildings and total destruction of machine tools;
4 others hit alternate targets. Missions 218 and 219: 34 B-29s hit the Mitsubishi
and Kawasaki aircraft plants at Kagamigahara and 10 others hit alternate targets;
1 B-29 is lost. Mission 220: 25 B-29s hit the Kawasaki aircraft factory at Akashi
and 1 hits an alternate target. 40+ P-47s from Ie Shima fly combat patrols
over Amami Gunto claiming eleven Japanese aircraft downed.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Fighter-bombers supporting
ground action continue to hit concentrations and positions in the Cagayan Valley. In Borneo, B-24s pound Balikpapan area gun and defensive positions
while B-25s hit nearby warehouses and numerous other buildings and P-38s dive-bomb
and score direct hits on pillboxes. On Formosa, B-24s hit Toshien oil facilities
and P-38s attack Mato while 2 B-32s blast gun positions and barracks at Heito.
The 25th Liaison Squadron, 13th AF, moves from Malabang to Del Monte on Mindanao with UC-78s and L-5s. Lost is C-47B 43-16230 (MIA) on a flight from Merauke to Biak.
U. S. Army: Okinawa Island is officially declared secure ending the 82 day Battle of Okinawa.