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6/1/45

Eighth AF

The Operational Analysis Section ceases to function as a unit after a successful career of statistical research which assisted materially in improving the effectiveness of US strategic bombing.


6/1/45

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's bomb Sinsiang railroad yards while 4 B-25's and 4 P-47's damage bridge N of Linmingkuan. 18 P-51's hit river shipping, warehouses and other tgts in Yoyang area. 20 other FBs knock out bridge near Szeshui, pound river shipping near Yoyang, and attack various tgts in Huluehchen area.


6/1/45

FEAF

B-24's pound Takao while ftr aircraft sweep Formosa coastline. B-25's, A-20's, and FBs continue to hit tgts in Cagayan Valley, at Pingkian, Kayapa, Gattaran, Cumao, Bone, and in Ipo area. Many of the missions are ground spt strikes. B-24's and P-38's hit Tarakan I troop concentrations while B-24's, B-25's, and P-38's hit Kota Belud, Victoria, Jesselton, Langkon, and Labuan I.


6/1/45

Twentieth AF

458 B-29's attack city of Osaka. 148 P-51's of VII FC, en route to escort rendezvous with the VHBs, encounter a severe weather front. Flying behind in excessive turbulence, many of the ftrs collide. 27 are lost. 27 others manage to find the B-29's and escort them over the tgt. 10 B-29's are lost. The B-29's claim 16 ftrs destroyed.


6/1/45

Seventh AF

In the Ryukyus 12 P-47's from Ie Shima fly strafing and rocket attacks against Kikaiga, Tokuno, and Amami Gunto.


6/1/45

Eleventh AF

A 4-plane shipping strike is called off due to weather.


6/1/45

ZI

AAF Center is established with jurisdiction over AAF School of Applied Tactics (formerly AAF Tac Center), Proving Ground Cmd, and AAF Board.


6/2/45

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's blast fuel and ammo dumps NE of Nanyang. 20 FBs attack A/F at Tsinan, railroad yards and T/Os at Anyang and warehouse area at Paoching, knock out bridge S of Singtai, and hit trucks, tanks, and armd vehicles in Liuchow area.


6/2/45

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's, and FBs continue to hit Cagayan valley in force, spt ground forces in Balete Pass and Ipo sectors, and attack areas E of Manila and N of Baguic. FBs hit areas near Mount Mandalagan on Negros and dug-in positions NW of Bogo. B-24's hit Pontianak A/F and Tarakan and Labuan Is while B-25's and ftrs attack Kudat, Sandakan, and Miri. B-24's bomb Hozan and hit warehouses and dock facilities at Kiirun.


6/2/45

Seventh AF

11 Guam-based B-24's attack A/F area on Moen. P-47's fly heckler strikes against Kyushu during 2/3 Jun.


6/3/45

Fourteenth AF

5 B-25's and 25 P-51's blast warehouse area and river traffic at Liuchow. 2 B-25's bomb Sinyang-Lohochai railroad. A single B-24, escorted by 2 P-51's, damages bridge N of Shihkiachwang. 4 P-51's damage bridge E of Kiehsiu and strafe train and lumber carts N of Linfen. Bad weather curtails other scheduled FB missions.


6/3/45

FEAF

HBs and ftrs hit resistance areas on Negros. HBs attack Kota Waringin and Muara l, while HBs bomb Batavia. P-51's hit coastal cargo vessels over SE China coast.


6/3/45

Seventh AF

P-47's on heckler patrol strafe T/Os an Amami-O-Shima.


6/3/45

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 flying a radarferret mission to Kataoka is followed by 8 others, radar-bombing and photographing scattered tgts in the naval base area. 7 B-25's take off for Kurils, 4 are turned back by weather. The others low-level bomb Masugawa R Cannery.


6/4/45

Fourteenth AF

12 B-25's heavily damage railroad yards and warehouses at Sinsiang. 10 B-25's and 4 P-51's in repeat attack on the yards cause numerous fires. 2 B-25's and 3 P-51's hit road and railroad T/Os from Sinyang to Hsuchang. 17 ftrs bomb or strafe bridges, railroad traffic, and other T/Os around Chihsien, Linfen, Shihkiachwang, and Liuchow.


6/4/45

FEAF

FBs attack T/Os in Cagayan Valley and A-20's and Fbs supporting ground forces strike defensive positions in Balete Pass, Aritao, Mount Imugan, Carulay, and Bambang. B-24's bomb Taihoku. B-24's bomb Balikpapan and Manggar and spt ground forces on Tarakan I. B-25's hit Manggar, Djembajan, and Kudat.


6/4/45

Seventh AF

8 P-51's from Iwo Jima bomb radio station on Chichi Jima and strafe town of Okimura during return flight. 13 Guam-based B-24's hit A/F and boat basin on Marcus. P-47's fly heckler strikes against Kyushu during 4/5 Jun.


6/4/45

Eleventh AF

8 B-25's abort a shipping strike at Kurabu Cape due to weather. 11 B-24's, however, get through and radar-bomb Kataoka naval base.


6/5/45

Fourteenth AF

32 B-25's and 8 P-51's bomb city of Nanyang, hit railroad yards at Anyang, damage bridge approach at Chuanhsien, and bomb ferries at Ninh Binh and Dap Cau. 40-plus ftrs bomb and strafe rail, river, and road traffic and general T/Os throughout S and E China.


6/5/45

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's, and FBs hit Cagayan Valley tgts while other FBs spt ground actions in Cervantes, Balete Pass, and Ipo battle zones and hit forces E of Manila. B-24's bomb Melak, Asa, and Kuching A/Fs and Tarakan and Labuan Is, while B-25's and ftrs concentrate on Tuaran, Mensalung, and Kudat. HBs pound Taito.


6/5/45

Twentieth AF

473 B-29's pound city of Kobe with incendiaries. 11 VHBs are lost. US gunners claim 86 ftrs downed. The attack burns off over 4 sq mi and damage over half of the city.


6/5/45

Seventh AF

P-47's from Ie Shima patrol over Amami Gunto. Lighthouse is strafed.


6/6/45

Ninth AF

HQ Ninth AF moves from Chantilly to Bad Kissingen.


6/6/45

Fourteenth AF

11 B-25's and 9 P-51's bomb railroad yards N of Siaokan and damage bridges, strafe gun positions, and attack general T/Os around Saiping and Hwaynan. 30-plus ftrs bomb or strafe bridges near Chihsien and Fengstun and hit troops, railroad tgts, and T/Os around Linfen, Laohokow, Changsha, Peking, Kweilin, Dap Cau, and Thanh Hoa.


6/6/45

FEAF

A-20's and FBs blast bridges in Cagayan Valley. Other Fbs pound Balete Pass area. B-24's, B-25's, and FBs hit Labuan supply areas, spt troops on Tarakan, and bomb Kota Waringin and Pontianak A/Fs, areas along Belait R, around Brunei, and strike Miri, Jesselton, Kudat, and Beaufort. Bad weather cancels all missions against Formosan tgts.


6/6/45

Seventh AF

12 Guam-based B-24's hit oil storage buildings on Eten. 36 Ie Shima-based P-47's, sweeping S part of Kyushu, hit numerous T/Os with rockets and machinegun fire, and claim 9 aircraft downed. In the Ryukyus, Ie Shima-based P-47's patrol over Amami Gunto, strafing lighthouse and buildings.


6/7/45

Twelfth AF

Maj Gustav M Minton Jr, takes cmd of XXII TAC, which ceases to function. Maj Minton continues in the cmd until transfer to AAFSCMTO on 12 Aug.


6/7/45

Fourteenth AF

7 B-25's and 4 P-47's damage bridge near Anyang, bomb buildings N of Changsha and airstrip at Paoching, and hit T/Os during road and river sweep from Siangtan to Yoyang. 45 ftrs bomb or strafe numerous tgts including troops, river traffic, town areas, and supplies in S and E China and knock out bridges at Singtai ancl Chihsien.


6/7/45

FEAF

A-20's and FBs hit personnel and def positions near Infanta, at Mount Mapatad, in Marikina area, and in other areas in Ipo sector. In the N FBs pound numerous Cagayan Valley tgts and spt ground forces N of Baguio and E of Manila. B-24's pound Brooketon and Muara. MBs and FBs hit Kudat, Ft Brook, Belait., Jesselton, and Keningau.


6/7/45

Twentieth AF

409 B-29's, escorted by VII FC P-51's, drop incendiary and high explosive bombs on Osaka, hitting E-C section of the city which contains industrial and transportation tgts and the Osaka Army Arsenal (largest in Japan). Despite being forced to bomb by radar because of heavy undercast, the B-29's burn out over 2 sq mi of the city, destroying over 55,000 buildings. 26 other B-29's mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters around Fukuoka and Karatsu.


6/7/45

Seventh AF

24 B-24's from Angaur bomb boat repair basin on Aurapushekaru I. 20 P-47's from Ie Shima hit T/Os (radio station, warehouses, freighter, and motor launches) on Kyushu, and claim 5 aircraft downed.


6/8/45

Ninth AF

XXIX TAC (having been activated as a prov cmd on 14 Sep 44) is activated by Ninth AF.


6/8/45

Fourteenth AF

15 P-51's and P-40's attack bridges near Hankow, N of Sinsiang, and SE of Tayung, knocking out the latter. 17 other ftrs bomb and strafe rivercraft, warehouses, trucks, A/F, town areas, and general T/Os around Hwangkang, Ichang, Hengyang, Laohokow, and Tehsien.


6/8/45

FEAF

Bad weather cancels Formosa strikes and limits operations on Luzon to FB strikes against Cagayan Valley tgts. Labuan I A/F is bombed by B-24's, while other B-24's and B-25's and P-38's attack gun positions at Balikpapan.


6/8/45

VII FC

Iwo Jima-based ftrs dispatched against Kagamigahara A/F and Meiji abort due to bad weather.


6/9/45

Fourteenth AF

3 B-25's and 60-plus P-47's, P-51's, and P-40's damage 4 bridges, hit river shipping, pound town areas and villages, and attack various T/Os around Hwayuan, Changte, Suchow, Sinyang, Hankow, Laohokow, Nanyang, Tatung, Tashihkiao, Pinyang, Luchai, Kiehsiu, Linfen, Tsinan, and Shihkiachwang.


6/9/45

FEAF

Labuan I is bombed by B-24's. Other HBs drop napalm on Brooketon. FBs hit Cagayan Valley tgts and spt ground forces in Cervantes areas as ground forces penetrate last defensive position on Mindanao. Bad weather cancels operations N of the Phil Is.


6/9/45

Twentieth AF

110 B-29's attack aircraft factories at Nagoya, Akashi, and Narao. 26 others mine Shimonoseki Strait during 8/9 Jun.


6/9/45

Seventh AF

20 P-47's from Ie Shima strafe various T/Os on Kyushu.


6/9/45

VII FC

57 ftrs from Iwo Jima pound Kagamigahara A/F and surrounding area. 20-plus parked airplanes are claimed destroyed damaged.


6/9/45

Eleventh AF

In coordination with Navy surface and air forces attacking in the Kurils, 6 B-24's and 8 B-25's fly extensive armed weather rcn and anti-shipping sweeps over Kurabu and Otomari Capes, Ichinowatashi, and Asahigawa. The B-24's score no results, half of them jettisoning their bombs. The B-25's then fly a diversionary bombing mission over Araido where they are attacked by 8 ftrs. To evade them, the B-25's fly over Kamchatka where Soviet AA fire shoots down one, killing its crew. Another damaged B-25 crashlands in Petropavlovsk. This is the first time Soviet AA hits a US aircraft.


6/10/45

Fourteenth AF

14 P-51's damage bridge near Singtai and attack barracks, rivercraft, fuel dumps, trucks and other T/Os around Taohsien, Lingling, Liuchow, and Kaifeng.


6/10/45

FEAF

FBs again pound Cagayan Valley area and spt ground forces E of Manila. HBs bomb Labuan I and Brooketon in coordination with landings of Australian 9th Div on shore of Brunei Bay and on islands of Labuan and Muara.


6/10/45

Twentieth AF

280 B-29's, some escorted by P-51's of VII FC, bomb aircraft plants at Tominka. Chiba and Ogikubo, seaplane base at Kasumigaura, Tachikawa Army Air Arsenal, and engineering works at Hitachi. The ftrs claim 26 ftrs downed.


6/10/45

Seventh AF

39 Ie Shima-based P-47's sweeping Kyushu, strafe numerous ground T/Os, and claim 17 aircraft shot down.


6/10/45

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's fly with Navy aircraft on shipping attack and hit a small cargo vessel.


6/11/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's, with ftr escort, bomb railroad yards at Kuanshuishih. 29 ftrs attack bridges, rail and road traffic, rivercraft, and T/Os in general around Fenglochen, Liuchow, Samshui, Luchai, Lipu, Leiyang, and Kweilin.


6/11/45

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's and FBs hit Cagayan Valley tgts and pound forces E of Manila in Ipo-Infanta areas and various tgts N of Baguio. Ground spt strikes are flown in Marikina R sector. B-24's spt ground forces on Tarakan I and bomb Kota Baru, Laoet I, and Tawau. P-38's hit Beaufort while B-25's spt ground forces in Brunei Bay sector.


6/11/45

Twentieth AF

Combat crews of 509th Comp Gp begin to arrive at North Field, Tinian, w ith their B-29's. 26 B-29's mine Shimonoseki Strait and Tsuruga Bay.


6/11/45

VII FC

Iwo Jima-based ftts hit Tokorozawa. Pilots attacking the A/F claim 18 parked airplanes destroyed and over 30 damaged.


6/11/45

Eleventh AF

8 B-24's on shipping sweep over the Kurils do not find tgts because of overcast and instead radarbomb installations on Kurabu Cape and in Kataoka areas.


6/12/45

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's knock out bridge S of Yutze while 4 escorting P-47's hit nearby AA positions and afterwards pound railroad tgts at Linfen. 9 P-51's and 2 P-51's damage bridge N of Hengyang, hit storage area at Yunganshih, and attack railroad tgts, troops, horses, AA positions, and road traffic in Neikiuhsien and Hengyang.


6/12/45

FEAF

B-24's inflict heavy destruction on navy yard and dock area at Hong Kong and railroad yards at Saigon. 2 B-32's bomb airstrip on Batan I. Numerous FBs and B-25's hit Cagayan Valley tgts while other FBs spt ground forces N of Baguio and Balete Pass and E of Manila, and yet others concentrate on Tarakan I, Brunei Bay area, and coastal routes in N Borneo.


6/12/45

Seventh AF

12 Guam-based B-24's pound A/F on Marcus.


6/12/45

Eleventh AF

4 B-25's strafe shipping off Paramushiru, near Arahata Cape, damaging 4 freighters and 2 barges. One of the B-25's is shot down.


6/13/45

Fourteenth AF

11 B-25's and 7 P-51's considerably damage Kaifeng railroad yards and strafe comm center S of Puchou. 8 P-51's damage 2 bridges at Fenglochen and Shihkiachwang and hit railroad T/Os around Fenglochen and Suchow.


6/13/45

FEAF

Bad weather hinders B-24's over Formosa. A few hit Toshien, the primary tgt. Others hit alternates including Toko, Koshun, Kontei, Garan-bi Point, Taito, Mako naval base and other Formosan tgts. 2 B-32's bomb Koshun A/F. A-20's and FBs attack Cervantes area, Marikina area, tgts in Cagayan Valley, and islands N of Luzon. B-24's bomb Balikpapan-Sepinggang area. B-25's and FBs spt ground forces in Brunei Bay area and, sweeping N Borneo from Kudat to Miri, hit numerous T/Os.


6/13/45

Twentieth AF

29 B-29's drop mines in Shimonoseki Strait and in waters at Niigata, during 13/14 Jun.


6/13/45

Seventh AF

13 B-24's from Guam bomb A/F on Moen. Over 40 P-47's from Ie Shima strafe and fire rockets at vessels, buildings, radio station, barracks, and A/Fs at Amakusa Jima, Amami-O-Shima, and Tokuno.


6/14/45

JCS

Gens MacArthur and Arnold and Adm Nimitz are directed to prepare for immediate occupation of Japan in the event the enemy suddenly collapses or surrenders.


6/14/45

Fourteenth AF

42 P-51's attack bridges, shipping, AA positions, railroad tgts, trucks, and comm around Hengyang, Hankow, Yoyang, Lingling, Anyang, Szeshui, Hohsien, Shihkiachwang, Neikiuhsien and Puchou.


6/14/45

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's, and FBs pound areas around Cagayan Valley, Cervantes and N of Baguio and E of Manila. B-24's bomb warehouses at Parepare and personnel area at Sidate. B-24's bomb Balikpapan AA positions.


6/15/45

Fourteenth AF

3 B-25's and 47 P-51's and P-47's knock out bridge W of Shihkiachwang, damage and attack others, and hit trucks, barracks, rivercraft, storage facilities, gun positions, railroad tgts, and T/Os. Tgts are in Pinghan RR, Kukong, Lingling, Chenhsien, Kuotaichiao, Pakonghow, Kweilin, Anyang, Shihkiachwang, Loyang, Liuchow, and Paoching areas.


6/15/45

FEAF

B-24's bomb Taichu A/F. B-25's hit town of Rokko and A/F at Okaseki. On Luzon numerous B-25's, A-20's, and FBs pound various objectives, concentrating on Cagayan Valley, Cervantes area, and Antipolo-Ipo sector. B-24's blast gun positions at Ralikpapan and B-25's and P-38's hit areas between Bruneind Kudat.


6/15/45

Twentieth AF

44 B-29's fly incendiary mission against OsakaAmagasaki urban area, ending a month of concentrated fire raids against large Japanese cities. 30 other B-29's mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters around Fukuoka, Karatsu, and Fushiki. VII FC escort for Osaka r aid aborts due to bad weather.


6/16/45

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's hit supply movements on Paoching-Hengyang road. 41 P-51's attack bridges, shipping, road transport, power facilities, and railroad traffic, knocking out bridges near Siangtan, Changsha, and Suchow. Rail, road and river traffic is attacked near Yoyang, Hengyang, Kuanyang, Shou-yang, Peking, and Linfen. Power plant at Uong Bi is heavily damaged.


6/16/45

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's, and FBs hit personnel and supply tgts in Cagayan Valley and E of Manila, and spt ground forces in Cervantes sector. B-24's bomb Balikpapan gun emplacements, Tawau, and Samarinda, while B-25's hit Brunei Bay area and FBs attack Miri, Jesselton, Keningau A/Fs and N Borneo T/Os. 90plus B-24's pound Kiirun harbor and town of Takao. 3 B-32's bomb Taito.


6/16/45

Seventh AF

P-61's arrive on Ie Shima and take over night heckler missions against Kyushu from the P-47's. Other P-61's fly night intruder missions over Amami Gunto, bombing various T/Os. 38 P-47's from Ie Shima dive-bomb boats, AA positions, runways, and buildings on Kikai I.


6/16/45

Eleventh AF

4 B-24's bomb and strafe shipping off Suribachi Bay and a radar site on Minami Cape. One of the B-24's crashes into the water. 4 B-25's on a shipping strike score near misses on a freighter in Asahi Bay and bomb tgts along the Torishima Chain. Mechanical failures force 2 of the B-25's to fly to Petropavlovsk.


6/17/45

AAF

Gen Arnold requests of Gen Wedemeyer that Gen Stratemeyer replace Gen Chennault as head of AFs in China.


6/17/45

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's bomb road and rail supply movements in Paoching and Hengyang areas. 2 B-25's and 4 P-47's severely damage bridge at Linmingkuan. 54 P-51's, P-47's, and P-61's hit road transport, railroad, river traffic, gun positions, bridges, and T/Os around Kukong, Hankow, Lingkuantien, Changsha, Yoyang, Loyunghsien, Luchai, Hwangshapu, Kiyang, Kweilin, Kaifeng, and Shihkiachwang. 4 P-47's blast comm center at Puchou.


6/17/45

FEAF

B-25's, A-20's, and FBs pound Cagayan Valley tgts and numerous other objectives throughout N Luzon. Many of the strikes spt US Sixth Army forces. B-24's pound Balikpapan area oil tgts and gun positions. B-25's and P-38's hit Limbang town and sweep from Beaufort to Jesselton, hitting Beaufort buildings, several comm tgts at various points, and personnel areas at Labuan I. B-24's bomb industrial and railroad tgts at Kiirun. P-38's pound railroad bridge and trucks at Soton.


6/17/45

Twentieth AF

450-plus B-29's bomb urban areas of Kagoshima, Omuta, Hamamatsu, and Yokkaichi, with incendiaries, while 25 others mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters around Kobe all during 17/18 Jun.


6/17/45

Seventh AF

33 P -47's from Ie Shima bomb and strafe shipping, A/F, villages, bridge and radar and radio facilities on Amami Gunto and Tokuno. During 17/18 Jun 2 P-61's from Ie Shima fly unsuccessful (due to weather) intruder strike over Amami Gunto and Kyushu. This begins a campaign of night and day intruder missions over Kyushu I and the Ryukyu Is by the night ftrs (12 more are flown during Jun).


6/17/45

Eleventh AF

4 B-25's bomb shipping near Kataoka. One ship is observed exploding, another burns after a strafing run. 4 other B-25's fly a shipping sweep from Shimushu to Kurabu Cape. A number of vessels are sighted but cannot be attacked because of land-based AA.


6/18/45

Fourteenth AF

70-plus P-51's, P-61's, and P-47's continue to disrupt Japanese withdrawal from S and E China, attacking bridges, villages and town areas, barracks, troop concentrations, motor transport., shipping and rail traffic, and T/Os throughout wide areas.


6/18/45

FEAF

Supporting US Sixth Army forces on Luzon, B-25's, A-20's, and FBs continue to attack tgts in Cagayan Valley, Balete Pass area, Cervantes area, and other locations. B-24's blast troop concentrations in Balikpapan and S of Miri, Manggar A/F and Sepinggang defenses. B-25's spt ground forces on Labuan I. B-24's destroy a block of buildings and several warehouses and small vessels in Kiirun harbor area. P-51's hit Taien and Toyohara A/Fs and T/Os while P-38's start numerous fires in town of Kari.


6/18/45

Eleventh AF

6 B-24's join Navy aircraft in attacking Kataoka and Tomari Cape. Cloud cover prevents observation of effects. 1 B-24 flies radar-ferret mission over the Kurils.


6/19/45

Fourteenth AF

5 B-25's and 4 P-47's knock out bridge on Pinghan railroad while 4 P-51's knock out another NE of Kihsien on Tungpu railroad. 70-plus other P-51's damage several bridges, hit rail, road and river traffic, supplies, troops, and general T/Os throughout S and E China.


6/19/45

FEAF

A-20's and FBs continue to pound Luzon, chiefly around Cagayan Valley, SE of Aparri, and around Cervantes. Heavy strikes in C Cagayan area are in spt of guerilla offensive. B-24's bomb fortifications and AA guns at Balikpapan while B-25's hit N Borneo tgts including Keningau A/F and tgts N and NW of Kudat. Other B-24's bomb docks, warehouses, and railroad yards at Kiirun. B-25's pound Shoka railroad yards and P-51's attack AA positions between Rokko and Toyohara. 2 bridges in Shoka area are destroyed or badly damaged.


6/19/45

Twentieth AF

About 480 B-29's fly incendiary bombing raids on Toyohashi, Fuknoka, and Shizuoka during 19/20 Jun, while 28 others mine Shimonoseki Strait and waters at Niigata, Miyazu, and Maizuru.


6/19/45

Seventh AF

22 Guam-based B-24's bomb A/F on Marcus. 47 Ie Shima-based P-47's bomb A/F on Tokuno while 16 others patrol uneventfully over Amami-O-Shima.


6/19/45

VII FC

Ftrs dispatched from Iwo Jima against Kagamigahara A/F and Meiji abort because of bad weather.


6/19/45

Eleventh AF

In a coordinated shipping search, a B-24 flies theater's longest mission, a 2,700-mi roundtrip lasting 15 1. 2 hrs and flying as far as Uruppu I. Turning N the B-24 bombs a small convoy 25 mi SW of Shimushu Bay, sinks vessel, heavily damages another, and sets 2 more afire. Another B-24 bombs and photographs Matsuwa I. 4 B-25's break off a shipping sweep due to presence of ftrs.


6/20/45

Fourteenth AF

8 B-25's and 6 P-51's knock out 2 bridges near Quang Tri and My Chanh and blast surrounding AA positions. 8 FBs sink at least 3 river steamers in canal at Haiphong. 37 P-51's hit rail, road, and river traffic, bridges, and general T/Os around Liuchow, Kweilin, Juchai, Hankow, Siangtan, Changsha. Hengshan, Sintsiang, Kweiyi, Kueiyangshih, and Ft Bayard. Bridge at Hankow is destroyed and several others damaged.


6/20/45

FEAF

A-20's and FBs blast resistance on Luzon and directly spt guerilla offensive in C Cayagan Valley. HBs again pound AA positions in Balikpapan area. B-24's bomb Shinchiku A/F.


6/20/45

Seventh AF

From Ie Shima 14 P-47's bomb and strafe vessels, buildings, lighthouse, and village on Amami Gunto A/F on Tokuno I. 38 others bomb A/F at Omura and hit Tokuno I on return trip.


6/21/45

Eighth AF

Gen Larson relieves Gen Kepner as CG, Eighth AF.


6/21/45

Fourteenth AF

16 B-25's bomb enemy fort at Bac Ninh, hit railroad yards and trains at Thanh Hoa, Phu Dien, Yen Li Station, Ha Trung, and Ninh Binh, damage tunnel at La Son, bomb barge concentration at; Ha Dong, and attack a train near Duc Tho bridge. 40-plus P-51's and P--38's hit road, rail, and river transport, coastal shipping, troops, supply lines, and T/Os in Indochina and S and E China.


6/21/45

FEAF

FBs attack positions and supply areas in the Cagayan Valley, other locations in N Luzon and in the Marikina and Infanta areas in C Luzon. B-24's pound Balikpapan town area, Manggar A/F, Sepinggang defenses, and Oelin A/F. B-25's bomb town on Keningau while P-38's blast the nearby A/F. The FBs attack Kudat and caves near Jesselton. P-38's hit tgts at Mato and Kagi and T/Os along W coast.


6/21/45

Twentieth AF

25 B-29's mine the sea approaches around Fushiki, Senzaki, Nanao, and Yuya Bay during 21/22 Jun.


6/21/45

Seventh AF

24 B-24's from Guam bomb f uel oil storage and power plant buildings on Eten I.


6/22/45

Fourteenth AF

23 B-25's and 4 P-47's pound trucks, trains, and gun positions in Hanoi area, bomb railroad yards and barracks area at Sinsiang, hit rail and road tgts, buildings, and radar station in Showyang area, knock out bridge S of Saiping, and damage bridge N of Hsuchang. 40-plus ftrs hit rail, road, and river traffic, arty emplacements, line positions, and other tgts in Indochina and S and E China.


6/22/45

FEAF

FBs supporting ground action continue to hit concentrations and positions in Cagayan Valley. B-24's pound Balikpapan area gun and def positions while B-25's hit nearby warehouses and numerous other buildings. P-38's dive-bomb and score direct hits on pillboxes. B-24's hit Toshien oil facilities and P-38's attack Mato. 2 B-32's blast gun positions and barracks at Heito. US ground forces complete capture of Okinawa.


6/22/45

Twentieth AF

About 130 B-29's bomb aircraft plants at Himeji, Kagamigahara, Akashi, and Tamashima. 162 others pound naval arsenal at Kure.


6/22/45

Seventh AF

Over 40 P-47's from le Shima fly combat patrols over Amami Gunto, claiming 11 aircraft downed.


6/22/45

Eleventh AF

Gen Brooks becomes CG, Eleventh AF.


6/23/45

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's knock out E approach to Phu Lang Thuong bridge. 12 P-51's strafe A/Fs in Canton area. 4 P-38's bomb locomotives and barracks area at Les Pins and Lang Son. 17 other ftrs strafe railroad tgts and river traffic around Wuchou, Siaokan, Peking, Hanoi, and Vinh.


6/23/45

FEAF

150-plus B-24's, B-25's, and FBs continue heavy strikes against Balikpapan area concentrating on gun emplacements and def positions. A-20's and FBs pound troop concentrations and occupied areas in Cagayan Valley. FBs attack pockets of resistance at Infanta and Antipolo areas. B-24's bomb butanol plant at Kobi.


6/23/45

Twentieth AF

During 23/24 Jun, 26 B-29's mine harbors of Fukuoka, Karatsu, Sakai, and Niigata.


6/23/45

Seventh AF

Gen White becomes CG, Seventh AF. 38 P-47's from Ie Shima bomb A/Fs at Hakata and Itazuke and, during return flight, attack 2 boats off Amami Gunto. 40 other P-47's bomb Saitozaki A/F.


6/23/45

VII FC

Ftrs from Iwo Jima fly 99 effective sorties against A/Fs on Kagamigahara and Hyakuri. 19 aircraft are claimed downed and 21 destroyed on the ground.


6/23/45

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's on shipping sweep between Matsuwa and Paramushiru sink 1 freighter, damage 2 more, and hit a whale boat. 1 ftr is claimed destroyed. 6 more B-24's bomb Kataoka.


6/24/45

Fourteenth AF

13 B-25's and 12 FBs knock out bridges at Lohochai and S of Chenghsien and hit surrounding AA positions, attack animal-drawn transport at Hsiangcheng, attack railroad T/Os in Shihkiachwang area, and hit railroad yards at Siaokan. 40-plus FBs continue harassing enemy withdrawals in S and E China where numerous comm tgts, gun positions, bridges, and rail, road, and river traffic are attacked.


6/24/45

FEAF

Fifth AF A-20's and FBs spt US Sixth Army and Filipino troops in Kiangan sector and N and NE of Tuguegarao, blast numerous tgts throughout Cagayan Valley, Cervantes area concentrations, and Infanta-Antipolo resistance pockets. B-24's bomb Balikpapan town and coastal guns. FBs pound coastal guns while B-25's bomb warehouses and nearby Manggar A/F.


6/24/45

Seventh AF

At dawn 1 B-24 from Guam bombs buildings on Marcus. During the afternoon 18 more bomb the A/F. 36 P-47's from Ie Shima attack boats and village in Sakishima Archipelago, wharf at Kuro I, Ishigaki I, and buildings, villages, T/Os and several points in the Ryukyus.


6/24/45

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's on shipping sweep instead radar-bomb Kurabu Cape, because of overcast and turbulence. Another planned shipping strike by 6 B-25's is also cancelled due to weather.


6/25/45

Fourteenth AF

18 B-25's and 14 P-51's and P-47's knock out bridges N of Shihkiachwang and N of Saiping, bomb power plant, barracks, and warehouse at Sinsiang, bomb Nanyo-Hengyang road, and hit railroad yard at Siaokan. 80-plus FBs attack bridges, gun positions, river, road, and rail traffic, and generally harass Japanese movements throughout S and E China, particularly around Hengyang, Yoyang, Liuchow, Changsha, Lipu, and Luchai.


6/25/45

FEAF

Oil facilities, shore defenses and nearby Manggar A/F on Balikpapan area are well covered by HBs, MBs, and FBs. B-24's bomb Mandai A/F. On Luzon MBs and Fbs hit tgts (mostly troop concentrations and resistance pockets) in Cagayan Valley, in Cervantes area, and in Infanta sector.


6/25/45

Twentieth AF

During 25/26 Jun 26 B-29's plant mines in Shimonoseki Strait and at Maizuru and off Obama I.


6/25/45

Eleventh AF

At dawn 3 B-24's from Guam attack heavy AA positions on W coast of Marcus.


6/26/45

Fourteenth AF

21 P-51's bomb or strafe road, river, and rail traffic, motor pools, gun positions, and buildings around Yoyang, Hengyang, Chenghsien, Linfen, and Tsinan, and knock out bridge SW of Yutze.


6/26/45

FEAF

FBs hit tgts in Infanta area and troop concentrations in Cagayan Valley and Kiangan area. Ground spt strikes are flown in Cervantes area and E of Manila. Strikes against Balikpapan area continue by B-24's and B-25's hitting oil tgts and nearby A/F at Manggar. B-24's bomb Trombol airstrip. Other B-24's bomb A/F at Limboeng. P-61's during 25/26 Jun set fires at Ensuiko sugar refinery while B-24's hit sugar refinery at Tanshi during the day.


6/26/45

Twentieth AF

450-plus B-29's, escorted by VII FC P-51's, attack aircraf t plants at Kagamigahara, Nagoya, and Akashi, light metals industries and arsenals at Osaka and Nagoya, oil refinery at Yokkaichi (bombed by 315th Bomb Wg on its first raid on Japan from Guam), other factories at Nagoya, and several alternate tgts
and T/Os, including city of Tsu. B-29's claim more than 20 ftrs downed.


6/26/45

Seventh AF

1 Guam-based B-24 attacks heavy AA positions on W side of Marcus at dawn.


6/27/45

FEAF

During 26/27 Jun HBs over Soerabaja Strait area bomb Tandjoeng-perak A/F. For the fifteenth consecutive day, B-24's pound Balikpapan destroying oil facilities and shore defenses. B-25's hit warehouses, other buildings, and general waterfront area. Other B-24's bomb Mandai and Limboeng A/Fs. FBs hit Kiangan area, troop concentration NW of Bolog, Pagong area, and Bontoc-Sabangan area, provide ground spt near Montalban, and hit tgts in Infanta sector.


6/27/45

Twentieth AF

During 27/28 Jun, 29 B-29's mine harbors of Hagi, Kobe, and Niigata.


6/27/45

Seventh AF

In early morning raid from Guam, 3 B-24's bomb underground storage area and fortifications on Marcus. At midday 18 B24's pound A/F on Moen. 20 P-47's from Ie Shima hit shipping and village at Kikai I. AA from vessels downs 2 P-47's. 1 vessel is left aflame. 12 other P-47's hit shipping off Kakeroma I, while 20 more attack vessels and T/Os throughout Sakishima Archipelago. During 27/28 Jun, 5 P-61's fly intruder attacks, hitting vessels off Amami Gunto and Wan A/F.


6/27/45

VII FC

Ftr strikes, from Iwo Jima, against Kasumigaura, Imba, and Tsukuba are aborted because of weather.


6/28/45

Fourteenth AF

7 B-25's and 4 P-51's bomb town of Changsha, troop concentration and supply area, and blast truck convoys and ammo trains in Yovang area. 28 P-51's hit comm center S of Puchou, knock out bridges near Kiehsiu and Neikiuhsien, bomb gun emplacements and defensive positions SE of Hsihsiakou, and attack
railroad traffic and damage a road bridge in Suchow and Yoyang areas.


6/28/45

FEAF

B-24's pound installations in Manggar area while B-24's, B-25's, and P-38's hit defenses near Balikpapan. The P-38's also skipbomb oil storage. Other HBs hit runways at Tabanio and Oelin. B-24's bomb A/Fs at Limboeng and Langoan. FBs hit troop concentrations in Kiangan area while supporting ground forces and attack Japanese concentrations and positions between Ipo and Infanta. B-24's strike Keishu butanol plant.


6/28/45

Twentieth AF

During 28/29 Jun, 487 B-29's carry out fire-bomb attacks on Okayama, Sasebo, Moji, and Nobeoka.


6/28/45

Seventh AF

3 B-24's from Guam bomb fuel storage on Marcus. 39 P-47's from Ie Shima attack shipping at Koniya with rocket and bombing and hit Tokuno I with rockets and machinegun fire. 26 more hit T/Os in Sakishima Archipelago including vessels, docks, A /F, floatplane, and village.


6/29/45

Fourteenth AF

15 B-25's and 4 P-47's knock out bridge at Chungmow and damage another. 18 P-51's attack troop concentrations, gun em placements, villages, bridges, and T/Os around Hsihsiakou, Yutze, Anyang, Puchou, and Szeshui and knock out bridge at Szeshui.


6/29/45

FEAF

Continuing oflfensive against Balikpapan, B-24's, B-25's, and FBs bomb def positions and oil installations. Other B-24's bomb Ft Brook and Oelin A/Fs. FBs spt ground forces in Kiangan area and in Cervantes sector. Other B-24's bomb oil refinery at Shinchiku.


6/29/45

Twentieth AF

During 29/30 Jun, 32 B-29's bomb Nippon Oil Company at Kudamatsu while 25 others mine W Shimonoseki Strait and waters around Maizuru and Sakata.


6/29/45

Seventh AF

34 P-47's from Ie Shima hit A/Fs at Kanoya and Kushira on Kyushu with rockets and machinegun fire, and attack shipping while returning, claiming 7 small vessels sunk.


6/30/45

Twelfth AF

Organization charts show a further net loss during Jun. 16 units have been transferred to other HQ within the theater, 1 sent directly to the Pacific, another redeployed to US, 3 disbanded, 9 prov units discontinued, and 5 attached units relieved (plus a Brazilian unit attached for operations being released). Only 2 units are added to the Twelfth.


6/30/45

AAF, China Theater

HQ AAF, China Theater is established by a GO from HQ, US Forces, China Theater. Gen Stratemeyer is appointed CG. Subordinate elements are Tenth and Fourteenth AFs, China ASC, and a photo 8p.


6/30/45

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's attack bridge at Lohochai, causing little damage. 4 FBs pound hill positions and hit arty emplacement SW of Hsihsiakou. 3 others bomb and strafe enemy-held temple and a troop area at Likuanchiao.


6/30/45

FEAF

FBs spt ground forces in Cervantes sector, N of Baguio and pound gun positions and other tgts in Kiangan area as Luzon campaign officially ends at midnight. B-24's again pound Balikpapan. B-25's pound tgts in NE Borneo and cause considerable damage at Tawau and Tandjoengredeb.


6/30/45

Twentieth AF

509th Comp Gp, scheduled to deliver first atomic bomb attack on Japan, begins combat flight training from Tinian. For most crews, this involves 5 or 6 practice missions such as a navigation trg flight to Iwo Jima, bombing Rota during the return flight; 2 or more short bombing missions against Rota or Guguan I; and 1 long bombing mission against Truk; and 1 against Marcus all run in flights of from 2 to 9 VHBs.


6/30/45

Seventh AF

2 Guam-based B-24's attack boat basin on Marcus.


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