July 31, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
TUESDAY, 31 JULY 1945
CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)] Twentieth
Air Force: HQ 301st Fighter Wing arrives on Ie Shima from the US.
CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater) Fourteenth Air Force: 3 B-25s continue to
bomb supply convoys moving through the Siang Chiang Valley. 52 P-51s and P-61s
over S and E China attack rivercraft, trucks, railroad traffic, coastal shipping,
ammunition dumps, and other targets at several locations including areas around
Yanglowtung, Changsha, Siangyin, Hengyang, Hankow, Paoching, Nanyang, Nanking,
Kulo, Hoihow, and Yoyang. The flight of the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance
Squadron, Fourteenth AF, operating from Kunming with F-5s, moves to Nanning (squadron is based at Chanyi).
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 80+ B-24s hit Kagoshima railroad yards and several other targets in the general area including the Sasebo
Naval Base, Yaki-shima, and Nagasaki; A-26s and B-25s bomb Kanoya Airfield and Miyazaki
Airfield and nearby targets, the Sasebo
Naval Base, Marushima, warehouses at Nagasaki, and a factory and power plant on Koyagi Island; P-51s attack flak
positions at Moji, blast shipping at Iki Island and off the NW and W coast of
Kyushu, hit an island WSW of Sasebo, bomb railroad targets and warehouses in
the Izumi area, and in general attack the railroad and road net and other communications
targets throughout Kyushu and P-61s continue harassing missions during the night.
P-51s bomb airstrips on Miyako, and bomb a town
in the Koniya area. On Luzon, B-25s and P-38s support ground action, hitting
forces in the Cagayan Valley and Cervantes and Infanta sectors. B-24s pound
the area S of Fabrica on Negros. Unit moves: HQ Fifth AF from Clark
Field to Okinawa; HQ 6th Reconnaissance Group from Clark
Field to Okinawa.