June 24, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 24 JUNE 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s on a shipping sweep instead radar bomb Kurabu Cape on Paramushiru, because of overcast and turbulence; another
planned shipping strike by six B-25s is also cancelled due to weather.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 13 B-25s and 12 fighter- bombers
knock out bridges at Lohochai and S of Chenghsien and hit surrounding AA positions,
attack animal-drawn transport at Hsiangcheng, attack railroad targets of opportunity
in the Shihkiachwang area, and hit railroad yards at Siaokan; 40+ fighter-bombers
continue harassing enemy withdrawals in S and E China where numerous communications
targets, gun positions, bridges, and rail, road, and river traffic are attacked.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): At dawn, one B-24 from Guam bombs buildings
on Marcus; during the afternoon 18 more bomb the airfield.
HQ 494th Bombardment Group and 864th, 865th, 866th and 867th Bombardment
Squadrons move from Angaur Airfield to Yontan with B-24s.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 36 P-47s from Ie Shima attack boats and
a village in the Sakishima Archipelago, a wharf on Kuro Island, Ishigaki Island,
and buildings, villages, targets of opportunity, and several points in the Ryukyu
Islands. HQ 507th Fighter Group and 463d, 464th and 465th Fighter Squadrons
arrive on Ie Shima from the US with P-47s.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In Luzon,
A-20s and fighter-bombers support the Sixth Army and Filipino troops in the Kiangan sector and N and NE of Tuguegarao, blast numerous targets throughout
the Cagayan Valley, Cervantes area concentrations, and the Infanta-Antipolo
resistance pockets. In Borneo, B-24s bomb Balikpapan town and coastal guns and
fighter-bombers pound coastal guns while B-25s bomb warehouses and the nearby Manggar Airfield. The detachment of the 159th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 3d
Air Commando Group [attached to 5th Air Liaison Group (Provisional)], ceases
operating from Negros with UC-64s and L-5s, and returns to base at Mangaldan.