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August 21, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 21 AUGUST 1945

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (Eleventh Air Force): Two B-24s are prevented by cloud cover from taking photos of the Soviet occupation of the Kurile Islands; four others abort a photo mission to Paramushiru and Shimushu due to weather.

Tenth Air Force: The 71st Liaison Squadron, Tenth AF, moves from Kunming to Liuchow with UC-64s, L-1s and L-5s.

Fourteenth Air Force: The detachment of the 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Fourteenth AF (attached to 312th Fighter Wing), operating from Ankang, China with P-61s, returns to base at Shwangliu.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: The 408th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 22d Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Clark Field, Luzon to Okinawa with B-24s.

IJN: After midnight, G6M1-L Betty "Bataan 1" from Ie Shima Airfield ran low on fuel and ditched off Samejima with the surrender delegation forced to wade ashore and take a train back to Tokyo. At 8:00am G4M1 Betty "Bataan 2" took off from Ie Shima Airfield and returns to Japan safely.



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