July 18, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 18 JULY 1945
ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (Eleventh Air Force): 2 routine search and weather sorties
CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)] HQ USASTAF
is established at Guam under General Carl Spaatz.
CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater) Fourteenth Air Force: 4 B-25s blast the railroad
yards at Dong Anh, French Indochina. 36 P-51s and P-38s hit river traffic, rail
targets, coastal shipping, enemy positions, trucks, and other targets around
Viet Tri, French Indochina and other areas of French Indochina and near Yoyang,
Suichwan, Lingling, Chikhom, Kukong, and Dosing, China.
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: About 150 B-24s, B-25s,
and A-26s, covered by 54 P-47s, hit the Shanghai area, airfields at Chiang Wan,
Wusung, and Lunghua, Shanghai docks, shipping on the Whangpoo River, and airstrips
on Chusan Island. Other P-47s attack various targets of opportunity on Kyushu and P-51s attack communications lines, bridges, shipping, towns,
and other targets throughout Kyushu and the Ryukyu Islands. P-38s hit communications
and transportation targets throughout the N part of Formosa while B-24s pound Matsuyama Airfield. B-24s bomb Boetoeng and Watampone on Celebes;
on Borneo, B-25s hit Jesselton and P-38s attack Langkon. P-38s hit Japanese
concentration along the Kibawe trail on Mindanao.
USN: Carrier aircraft from USS Randolph (CV-15) bomb Nagato camouflaged at Yokosuka Naval Base at Yokosuka.
Launched by Electric Launch Company Ltd. (Elco) in Bayonne, New Jersey is PT-615.