July 27, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 27 JULY 1945
Twentieth Air Force: Mission 296: During the night of 27/28 Jul, 24 B-29s drop
mines in Shimonoseki Strait, at Fukuoka, Niigata, Maizuru, Senzaki, and in Fukawa
Bay; 1 other mines an alternate target; 3 B-29s are lost to heavy flak, 2 ditching
with 13 men rescued and 1 crash landing on Iwo Jima and subsequently scrapped.
Fourteenth Air Force: In China, 13 B-25s, some with P-51 support, hit a supply
movement in the Siang Chiang Valley, bomb railroad yards at Siaokan and Sinyang,
and hit coastal shipping in the Do Son, French Indochina area. 50+ P-51s and
P-38s concentrate on attacking river shipping at numerous points of French Indochina and South China Sea and East China Sea also hitting road and rail traffic, coastal vessels, storage
areas, and bridges.
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 60+ Fifth and Seventh AF B-24s
pound a marshalling yard at Kagoshima on Kyushu and 50 escorting P-51s attack
numerous nearby targets of opportunity; 150+ P-47s over Kyushu hit communications
and industrial targets, including a tunnel S of Kurino, bridges at Okasa, Hitosuse-gawa,
and Matsubase, and factories and a power plant at Yatsushiro. B-24s of the Thirteenth
AF hit Pontianak Airfield. The 500th Bombardment Squadron (Medium),
345th Bombardment Group (Medium), moves from Clark
Field to Ie Shima
RAAF - Lost on a recon mission over the Celebes is B-24 Liberator A72-92 (POW/MIA)
USN - Task Force 38 (TF-38) carrier aircraft attack Kure, heavily damaging Amagi.