July 5, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 5 JULY 1945
AAF PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (Seventh Air Force): 46 B-24s and 24 B-25s all from Okinawa
bomb Omura Airfield and 2 towns in the Omura-Nagasaki area, Japan.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 100 P-51s from Iwo Jima, strike airfields
in the Tokyo area (Ibaraki, Yatabe, Yawatasaki Cape, and Maruta); they claim
5-11 aircraft on the ground.
Fourteenth Air Force: Eight B-25s sink several sampans and junks at Haiphong and damage several larger vessels. 2 B-25s and 2 P-47s knock out a
bridge S of Chumatien, China. 37 P-51s over French Indochina and S and E China
blast shipping in the Hongay and Haiphong, French Indochina area, and in China,
pound docks and small vessels at Chikhom, knock out a bridge at Chumatien, blast
a barracks area at Anyang, and hit river and rail traffic around Tanchuk and
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Formosa, B-24s bomb Toshien, Takao, Toyohara and the nearby Kamioka supply area, and Taihoku Airfield. Fighter-bombers
fly nearly 100 sorties in support of ground forces in the Kiangan area on Luzon.
In Borneo, B-24s bomb Manggar and Riko and Australian troops cross Balikpapan
Bay and land on the western shore. P-51s sweeping Kyushu strafe targets
of opportunity and down several aircraft. Lost during a training mission is P-38 pilot Carter (pilot rescued July 8, 1945).