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August 11, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SATURDAY, 11 AUGUST 1945

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (Eleventh Air Force): The 11th Fighter Squadron, 343d Fighter Group moves from Adak to Shemya with P-38s.

Fourteenth Air Force: Nine P-51s attack troops, trains, and rivercraft around Chenhsien, Tehsien, and Hengyang; and the 115th Liaison Squadron, Fourteenth AF, based at Hsingchiang with L-1, L-4s and L-5s, begins operating primarily from Peishiyi.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: In Japan, Okinawa-based B-24s, B-25s, A-26s, A-20s, and fighters flying about 530 sorties cause extensive destruction to shipping and shore installations in the Inland Sea, in the Tsushima area, and of communications, transportation, and other targets throughout Kyushu. Philippines based B-24s bomb Heito Airfield and Laha barracks Ambon. P-38s hit buildings near Dibuluan and field guns near Kiangan on Luzon. The 400th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 90th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from San Jose, Mindoro to Ie Shima with B-24s.

IJN: The Japanese Navy attempted a second test flight of J9Y Kikka Prototype 1 with Rocket Assisted Take Off (RATO) units under each wing. The RATO unit's alignment were miscalculated and the test pilot believed that they had not fired and shut off the main engines. Powered by the rockets, the Kikka ran off the runway and crash, tearing off the landing gear and crashed into Tokyo Bay. The damaged aircraft could not be repaired before the end of the Pacific War. Sunk by mine is Nisshin Maru No. 2 off Wakamatsu.



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