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August 2, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (Eleventh Air Force): Five B-24s visually bomb Kataoka Naval Base on Shimushu and one B-24 radar-bombs Kokutan Zaki and returns to base 600 miles on only three engines.

Twentieth Air Force: Lieutenant General Nathan F. Twining relieves Lieutenant General Curtis Emerson LeMay as Commanding General Twentieth AF; LeMay is assigned to USASTAF as Chief of Staff.

Fourteenth Air Force: In China, 10 B-25s, escorted by 2 P-47s, knock out a bridge at Sinyang and severely damage a bridge at Lohochai; 7 B-25s bomb the town of Sinning, and hit several truck convoys between Siangtan and Changsha and in the Siang Chiang Valley; 31 P-51s also bomb the town of Sinning; 40+ P-47s and P-51s knock out at least 3 bridges and damage others and attack shipping, fuel dumps, gun positions, trucks, railroad yards and general targets of opportunity around Sichuang, Shangkao, Yoyang, Hankow, Mingkiang, Sincheng, Yutze, Houmachen, Yuncheng, Anyang, and Kaoyi.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: Bad weather cancels all FEAF missions from Okinawa. Thirteenth AF P-38s support ground forces on north Luzon, hitting pockets of resistance west of Kiangan and blasting enemy occupied caves on a ridge northwest of Bontoc.

RAAF: Spitfire A58-654 (MIA) shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Halmahera. Auster A11-7 crash landed at Piva South Airfield on Bougainville and was written off.

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