July 7, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
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
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).