June 25, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
MONDAY, 25 JUNE 1945
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): Eighteen B-25s and 14 P-51s and P-47s
knock out bridges north of Shihkiachwang and north of Saiping, bomb a power plant, barracks,
and warehouse at Sinsiang, bomb the Nanyo-Hengyang road, and hit the railroad
yard at Siaokan; 80+ fighter-bombers attack bridges, gun positions, river, road,
and rail traffic, and generally harass Japanese movements throughout S and E
China, particularly around Hengyang, Yoyang, Liuchow, Changsha, Lipu, and Luchai;
the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Shwangliu
sends a flight to operate from Ankang with F-5s.
AAFPOA (Seventh Air Force): At dawn, three B-24s from Guam attack heavy AA
positions on the west coast of Marcus.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): Mission 222: During the night of 25/26 Jun, 26
B-29s plant mines in Shimonoseki Strait and at Maizuru and off Obama Island.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In Borneo, oil facilities,
shore defenses and the nearby Manggar Airfield in the Balikpapan area are bombed by B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers. B-24s bomb Mandai Airfield. Force landing from damage is B-24M 44-42240. On Luzon, B-25s and fighter-bombers hit targets (mostly
troop concentrations and resistance pockets) in the Cagayan Valley, in the Cervantes
area, and in the Infanta sector. Lost is B-24M 44-42431 (MIA). Unit moves: HQ 403d Troop Carrier Group from
Biak to Leyte; 157th Liaison Squadron (Commando),
3d Air Commando Group [attached to 5th Air Liaison Group (Provisional)], from
Mabalacat, Luzon to Okinawa with UC-64s and L-5s; and the detachment of the
159th Liaison Squadron, 3d Air Commando Group [attached to 5th Air Liaison Group
(Provisional)], ceases operating from Cebu with UC-64s and L-5s and returns
to base at Mangaldan.