August 12, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 12 AUGUST 1945
ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (Eleventh Air Force): Four B-24s make a combined visual and
radar bomb run over Kataoka. Three B-24s bomb Suribachi Airfield, hitting runways and buildings. A B-24 flies a radar-ferret mission.
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s from Okinawa bomb Matsuyama
Airfield. In Japan, B-25s and A-26s hit Chiran Airfield and Kanoya Airfield while other A-26s and A-20s and P-47s hit the towns of Kushikino, Akune, and
Miyazaki; more B-25s and fighter-bombers hit shipping and communications targets
on Kyushu, the north Ryukyu Islands and between Japan and Korea; the aircraft
claim several small merchant ships sunk and damaged, and numerous bridges,
railroads, factories, and other targets of opportunity hit. B-24s
from the Philippines pound Kagi Airfield and the Takao marshalling yard.
On Luzon, P-38s support ground forces in or near Kabayan, Kiangan, and Uldugan.
Unit moves: Air echelon of the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th
Reconnaissance Group, from Clark
Field to Ie Shima with F-5s joining the ground echelon that arrived
in Jul; 319th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 90th Bombardment Group (Heavy),
from San Jose to Ie Shima with B-24s; 387th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 312th Bombardment Group (Heavy), from Floridablanca to Okinawa with
A-20s; and 529th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 380th Bombardment Group (Heavy),
from San Jose to Okinawa with B-24s.