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August 10, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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Twentieth Air Force: The Japanese radio announces the Japanese desire for peace and USASTAF limits operations to precision mission. 104 B-29s fly two missions against Japan without loss. Mission 323: During the day, 70 B-29s, escorted by 2 groups of P-51s bomb the arsenal complex at Tokyo; 3 others hit alternate targets. Mission 324: During the night of 10/11 Aug, 31 B-29s mine Shimonoseki Strait, Nakaumi Lagoon, and waters at Sakai and Yonago, Japan and Wonsan.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater Fourteenth Air Force: Major General Charles B Stone III assumes command of HQ Fourteenth AF, replacing Major General Claire L Chennault. In China, 5 B-25s and 4 P-51s bomb a bivouac S of Siangyin, hit convoys S of Siangtan and in the Siang Chiang Valley, pound a storage area and AA positions at Nanchang, and hit a truck concentration N of Hengshan; 50+ P-47s and P-51s attack rivercraft, railroad targets, troops, trucks, and bridges at several points in S and E China

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In Japan, 80 B-24s, 118 B-25s, and 220+ P-47s and P-38s pound the Kumamoto area; 20+ B-24s bomb the Oita area; 39 P-51s provide cover over both targets; nearly 40 B-25s attack destroyers, cargo ships, and small vessels during a shipping sweep between Kyushu and Korea. Lost is B-25J 44-31065 (KIA) and B-25J 44-30993 (crew rescued). P-47s bomb Sasebo Harbor; P-51s hit various targets of opportunity on Honshu and Kyushu and B-25s bomb targets of opportunity in the north Ryukyu Islands. B-24s bomb Shinchiku. On Luzon, P-38s hit troop concentrations near Mount Pulog and ENE of Dupax. B-24 unit moves from San Jose: HQ 90th Bombardment Group and 320th Bombardment Squadron to Ie Shima; and 530th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 380th Bombardment Group (Heavy) to Okinawa.

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