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July 7, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SATURDAY, 7 JULY 1945

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): 100+ P-51s from Iwo Jima take off on a mission to attack airfields in the Tokyo area but abort due to bad weather. HQ XX Bomber Command arrives at Sakugawa, Okinawa from India; HQ 414th Fighter Group and 413th Fighter Squadron, 437th Fighter Squadron and 456th Fighter Squadron arrive at North Field, from the US with P-47s (first mission is July 13, 1945).

Fourteenth Air Force: 80+ P-51s and P-38s over French Indochina and S and E China continue to disrupt the Japanese withdrawal, pounding numerous communications and transport targets and general targets of opportunity particularly in the Yangso, Kweilin, and Fenstun areas.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On Luzon, B-25s and fighter-bombers strike at remnants of the Japanese Army in the Laguna de Bay and Marikina areas and fighter-bombers also hit areas of resistance near Kiangan, Penablanca, and Mankayan. B-24s, B-25s, and P-38s support Australian ground forces in the area near Balikpapan. On Formosa, B-24s bomb Matsuyama Airfield and Taihoku Airfield in force.

USN: Two PB4Y-2 Privateers from VPB-124 fly a search and reconnaissance mission over the Taushima Straits between Kyushu and Korea. Lost is PB4Y-2 Privateer 59538 (MIA / POW).



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