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August 7, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology


Eleventh Air Force: Five B-24s bomb Kataoka Airfield on Shimushu; AA fire damages two B-24s.

Twentieth Air Force: 154 B-29s fly a bombing mission during the day and 30 B-29s fly a mining mission during the night of 7/8 Aug; 1 B-29 is lost. Mission 317: 124 B-29s, escorted by VII Fighter Command fighters, bomb Toyakawa Naval Arsenal. 1 B-29 is lost. After escorting the B-29s on their bombing mission, P-51s attack railroad targets and shipping in and near Magarimatsu, Chofu, Atsugi, and Sagami.

Mission 318: During the night of 7/8 Aug, 29 B-29s, escorted by FEAF P-47s, drop mines in Shimonoseki Strait, at Miyazu, Maizuru, Tsuruga, Obama and at Najin; 1 other mines an alternate target.

Fourteenth Air Force: Unit moves in China: HQ Fourteenth AF from Kunming to Paishiyi; 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, based at Chengkung with P-51s, sends a detachment to operate at Pakhoi.

WESTERN PACIFIC: In Japan, P-47s cover the Twentieth AF B-29 strike Kyushu targets; B-24s and A-26s over Kyushu pound Tsuiki Airfield and other B-24s start fires at Omura; B-25s hit bridges and other targets at Matsubase, lost is B-25J 44-31300 (POW) also Kawajiri and bomb a convoy off Pusan; other B-25s hit Chiran Airfield and Izumi Airfields. fighter-bombers attack and considerably damage communications and transportation facilities throughout Kyushu. B-24s bomb Takao Airfield. On Luzon, B-25s and P-38s support ground forces near Ambuclao, Kiangan, Batangan, Aparri, Mankayan, Bontoc, and Tabayoc and the Palugloko Mountains. In the Netherlands East Indies, B-24s bomb an area east of Bandjermasin, and P-51s hit the harbor at Soerabaja. The 8th and 13th Bombardment Squadrons, 3d Bombardment Group, move from San Jose, Mindoro to Okinawa with A-26s.

IJN: J9Y Kikka Prototype 1 made a sucessful twenty minute test flight. Japan's first jet power aircraft designed and built by Nakajima powered by Ishikawajima Ne-20 turbo jet engines.

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