August 21, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
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
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.