August 1945



WEDNESDAY, 1 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  During the night of 1/2 Aug, 801 of 836 B-29s dispatched carry out 1 mining, 5 fire-bomb and 1 bombing raids on Japan; 1 B-29 is lost.

Mission 305:  37 B-29s drop mines in Shimonoseki Strait, in Nakaumi Lagoon, at Hamada, Sakai, Yonago, Najin, and Seishin; 5 others mine alternate targets.

Mission 306:  169 B-29s attack the Hachioji urban area destroying 1.12 sq mi (2.9 sq km), 80% of the city; 3 others hit alternate targets; 1 B-29 is lost.

Mission 307:  173 B-29s hit the Toyama urban area, a center of aluminum, ballbearing and special steel production, destroying 1.87 sq mi (4.84 sq km), 99.5% of the city; 1 other hits an alternate target.

Mission 308:  125 B-29s attack the Nagaoka urban area destroying 1.33 sq mi (3.37 sq km), 65.5% of the city; 5 others hit alternate targets.

Mission 309:  160 B-29s hit the Mito urban area destroying 1.7 sq mi (4.4 sq km), 65% of the city; 1 other hits a target of opportunity.

Mission 310:  120 B-29s bomb the Mitsubishi Oil Company at Kawasaki but could only add slightly to the damage previously inflicted; 2 other hit targets of opportunity.

30+ Iwo Jima-based P-51s hit airfields and other targets in the Osaka- Nagoya area of Japan; bad weather prevents numerous other fighters from reaching targets.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  Major General Albert F Hegenberger becomes Commanding General Tenth AF and HQ Tenth AF moves from Piardoba, India to Kunming, China (HQ at Kunming was officially opened on 23 Jul). The scheduled role of the Tenth AF in China is almost identical with its completed Burma mission: to act as the tactical AF giving direct support and providing air supply to Chinese ground forces operating S of the 27th parallel N.

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, bad weather severely curtails operations; P-61s effectively sweep rivers in the Wuchou, Canton, and Tsingyun areas, sinking several large junks and sampans. Unit moves in China:  the 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, from Kunming to Nanning with P-51s; 322d Troop Carrier Squadron, Fourteenth AF, from Loping to Liangshan with C-47s. Unit moves in China during Aug 45:  HQ 23d Fighter Group and 74th and 75th Fighter Squadrons from Luliang to Liuchow with P-51s (the detachment of the 74th operating from Tushan also moves to Liuchow); 528th, 529th and 530th Fighter Squadrons, 311th Fighter Group from Shwangliu and Pungchacheng respectively to Hsian with P-51s.

THURSDAY, 2 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  Lieutenant General Nathan F Twining relieves Lieutenant General Curtis Emerson LeMay as Commanding General Twentieth AF; LeMay is assigned to USASTAF as Chief of Staff.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, 10 B-25s, escorted by 2 P-47s, knock out a bridge at Sinyang and severely damage a bridge at Lohochai; 7 B-25s bomb the town of Sinning, and hit several truck convoys between Siangtan and Changsha and in the Siang Chiang Valley; 31 P-51s also bomb the town of Sinning; 40+ P-47s and P-51s knock out at least 3 bridges and damage others and attack shipping, fuel dumps, gun positions, trucks, railroad yards and general targets of opportunity around Sichuang, Shangkao, Yoyang, Hankow, Mingkiang, Sincheng, Yutze, Houmachen, Yuncheng, Anyang, and Kaoyi.

FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  Fighters from Iwo Jima fly nearly 100 effective sorties throughout the Tokyo area, hitting airfields, rail installations, and trains.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  16 B-25s pound various railroad targets in E China; 50+ fighter-bombers attack bridges, railroad yards, storage areas, enemy troops, river and rail traffic, and various other targets as the campaign to disrupt the Japanese retreat from S and E China continues in spite of considerable bad weather.

SATURDAY, 4 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  The 127th, 155th and 156th Liaison Squadrons (Commando), US Army Forces, Pacific, begin a movement from Kalaikunda, India to Okinawa.

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, bad weather hampers operations however, 4 B-25s damage the Sincheng railroad bridge, 4 B-25s and 2 P-51s bomb Pailochi Airfield and hit trucks in the area, and 7 P-51s damage 12 locomotives between Taiyuan and Tsinan, destroy or damage several trucks near Shihkiachwang, and bomb a bridge near Chihsien. The detachment of the 490th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), operating from Hsian, China with B-25s, returns to base at Hanchung.

SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  During the night of 5/6 Aug, 612 B-29s fly 1 mining, 1 bombing and 4 incendiary raids against Japan; 2 B-29s are lost.

Mission 311:  27 B-29s mine the waters of the Sakai, Yonago, Nakaumi Lagoon, Miyazu, Maizuru, Tsuruga, Obama, Najin and Geijitsu areas; 1 other B-29 mines an alternate target.

Mission 312:  63 B-29s attack the Saga urban area destroying 0.02 sq mi (0.05 sq km), 1.5% of the city; 1 B-29 is lost.

Mission 313:  92 B-29s hit the Maebashi urban area destroying 1 sq mi (2.59 sq km), 42.5% of the city; 4 others hit alternate targets.

Mission 314:  250 B-29s attack the Nishinomiya-Mikage urban area destroying 2.8 sq mi (7.25 sq km), 29.6% of the city; 3 others hit alternate targets; 1 B-29 is lost.

Mission 315:  106 B-29s bomb the Ube Coal Liquefaction Co. facility at Ube destroying 100% of the refining units and destroying or damaging 80% of other structures; 2 others hit alternate targets.

Mission 316:  64 B-29s attack the Imabari urban area destroying 0.73 sq mi (1.89 sq km), 76% of the city area.

HQ VII Fighter Command is officially assigned to HQ Twentieth AF. 100+ P-51s strike airfields and military installations in large area around Tokyo, scoring especially effective hits at Katori Airfield.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, 20 P-51s knock out a bridge NW of Anyang and damage another NE of Kiehsiu, attack railroad targets during sweeps from Taiyuan to Suchow and Tehsien to Pengpu, and strafe rivercraft between Ichang and Lokehang.

MONDAY, 6 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  The world's first atomic attack takes place. At 0245 hours, Colonel Paul W Tibbets pilots the B-29 ENOLA GAY off the runway at North Field, Tinian Island; at 2-minute intervals, 2 observation B-29s follow (Major Charles W Sweeney's GREAT ARTISTE and Captain George W Marquardt's Number 91. At 0915 hours (0815 hours Japan time) the atomic bomb is released over Hiroshima from 31,600 feet (9,632 meters); it explodes 50 seconds later. 80+% of the city's buildings are destroyed and over 71,000 people (Japanese figures (US figures say from 70,000 to 80,000) are killed. The ENOLA GAY lands on Tinian at 1458 hours, followed within the hour by the 2 observation B-29s.

Almost 100 fighters from Iwo Jima attack airfields and military installations at 6 locations throughout the general area around Tokyo.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, 10 P-51s and P-47s damage 10 locomotives between Tehsien and Suchow and 5 around Anyang, Kaifeng, and Loyang, and lightly damage bridges N of Chihsien and S of Houmachen.

TUESDAY, 7 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  154 B-29s fly a bombing mission during the day and 30 B-29s fly a mining mission during the night of 7/8 Aug; 1 B-29 is lost.

Mission 317:  124 B-29s, escorted by VII Fighter Command fighters, bomb the naval arsenal at Toyokawa. 1 B-29 is lost. After escorting the B-29s on their bombing mission, P-51s attack railroad targets and shipping in and near Magarimatsu, Chofu, Atsugi, and Sagami.

Mission 318:  During the night of 7/8 Aug, 29 B-29s, escorted by FEAF P-47s, drop mines in Shimonoseki Strait, at Miyazu, Maizuru, Tsuruga, Obama and at Najin; 1 other mines an alternate target.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  Unit moves in China:  HQ Fourteenth AF from Kunming to Paishiyi; 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, based at Chengkung with P-51s, sends a detachment to operate at Pakhoi.

WEDNESDAY, 8 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  381 B-29s fly three missions, 2 during the day of 8 Aug and 1 during the night of 8/9 Aug; 7 B-29s are lost.

Mission 319:  Shortly before 1200 hours, 221 B-29s drop incendiaries on Yawata destroying 1.22 sq mi (3.16 sq km), 21% of the city; 6 others hit alternate targets; 1 B-29s is shot down by Japanese fighters and 3 are lost to mechanical reasons.

Mission 320:  Late in the afternoon, 60 B-29s bomb an aircraft plant and arsenal complex at Tokyo; 2 others hit alternate targets; 2 B-29s are lost to flak and 1 to mechanical reasons (these are the last B-29s lost in action by the Twentieth AF).

Mission 321:  During the night of 8/9 Aug, 91 B-29s hit Fukiyama with incendiaries destroying 0.88 sq mi (2.28 sq km), 73.3% of the city; 1 hits an alternate target.

100+ fighters from Iwo Jima hit airfields, factory buildings, barracks, and rail installations in the Osaka, Japan area.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, 10 P-51s hit buildings, trucks, rivercraft, and other targets of opportunity in the Paoching, Hengyang, and Chuanhsien areas.

THURSDAY, 9 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  The second and last atomic bomb of World War II is dropped on Japan; Major Charles W Sweeney pilots a B-29, BOCK'S CAR , off the runway at North Field, Tinian Island, Mariana Islands, at 0230 hours; he is followed by 2 observation B-29s-the GREAT ARTISTE piloted by Captain Frederick C Bock (who has exchanged planes with Sweeney for the mission) and another B-29 piloted by Major James I Hopkins (who loses contact with the other 2 B-29s); the primary target, Kokura, is obscured by bad weather; the attack is made against the secondary target, Nagasaki. The bomb, dropped from 28,900 feet (8,809 meters) at 1158 hours (1058 hours Nagasaki time), explodes about a minute after release. Japanese reports claim nearly 24,000 killed; US figures estimate about 35,000. The attacking B-29s refuel on Okinawa, and return to Tinian by 2339 hours.

Mission 322:  During the night of 9/10 Aug, 95 B-29s bomb the Nippon Oil Refinery at Amagasaki; 2 others hit alternate targets.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  HQ Tenth AF moves from Kunming to Liuchow, China; when the war ends, the deployment of Tenth AF units to China is still in progress; so, for the Tenth, war ends amidst a major reorganization.

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, 5 B-25s, with P-51 escort, damage the Puchi railroad bridge, and hit rail traffic N of Sinsiang; the P-51s strafe AA positions and targets of opportunity near the bridge; 4 other B-25s operating individually, attack truck convoys and targets of opportunity S of Changsha, S and N of Yoyang, and in the Siang Chiang Valley, and hit the S end of the town of Siangtan.

FRIDAY, 10 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  The Japanese radio announces the Japanese desire for peace and USASTAF limits operations to precision mission. 104 B-29s fly 2 missions against Japan without loss.

Mission 323:  During the day, 70 B-29s, escorted by 2 groups of P-51s, bomb the arsenal complex at Tokyo; 3 others hit alternate targets.

Mission 324:  During the night of 10/11 Aug, 31 B-29s mine Shimonoseki Strait, Nakaumi Lagoon, and waters at Sakai and Yonago, Japan and Wonsan, Korea.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  Major General Charles B Stone III assumes command of HQ Fourteenth AF, replacing Major General Claire L Chennault. In China, 5 B-25s and 4 P-51s bomb a bivouac S of Siangyin, hit convoys S of Siangtan and in the Siang Chiang Valley, pound a storage area and AA positions at Nanchang, and hit a truck concentration N of Hengshan; 50+ P-47s and P-51s attack rivercraft, railroad targets, troops, trucks, and bridges at several points in S and E China.

SATURDAY, 11 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  In China, 9 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.

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  Unit moves in China:  27th Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, from Chengkung to Liangshan with C-47s; 427th Night Fighter Squadron, Tenth AF, from Dinjan, India to Liuchow with P-61s (detachments at Chengkung and Nanning, China).

Fourteenth Air Force:  The flight of the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, at Hanchung with F-5s, returns to base at Shwangliu (other flights are at Hsian and Ankang).

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  752 B-29s fly 7 missions against Japan without loss. These are the last B-29 missions against Japan in WWII. The following 3 missions were flown during the day:

Mission 325:  157 B-29s bomb the naval arsenal at Hikari; 4 others hit alternate targets.

Mission 326:  145 B-29s bomb the Osaka Army Arsenal and 2 hit alternate targets; 160+ P-51 escort the B-29s and attack airfields in the Nagoya area; 1 P-51 is lost.

Mission 327:  108 B-29s bomb the railroad yards at Marifu; 2 others hit alternate targets.

The following 4 missions were flown during the night of 14/15 Aug:

Mission 328:  In the longest nonstop unstaged B-29 mission from the Mariana Islands, 3,650 miles (5,874 km), 132 B-29s bomb the Nippon Oil Company at Tsuchizakiminato.

Mission 329:  81 B-29s drop incendiaries on the Kumagaya urban area destroying 0.27 sq mi (0.7 sq km), 45% of the city area.

Mission 330:  86 B-29s drop incendiaries on the Isezaki urban area destroying 0.166 sq mi (0.43 sq km), 17% of the city area.

Mission 331:  39 B-29s mine the waters at Nanao, Shimonoseki, Miyazu, and Hamada.

Before the last B-29s return, President Harry S Truman announces the unconditional surrender of Japan. Immediately thereafter, the 11th Airborne Division leaves the Philippine Islands by air for Okinawa, where it goes on standby as the initial occupation force for Japan.

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]:  All offensive action against Japan ends.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater):  All offensive action against Japan ends.

Fourteenth Air Force:  HQ 81st Fighter Group and 91st Fighter Squadron move from Fungwansham to Huhsien, China with P-47s.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]:  All offensive action against Japan ends. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur is notified that he is Supreme Commander for Allied powers. MacArthur tries to communicate with Tokyo using the War Department signal facilities, but when he receives no reply, he turns to the Army Airways Communications System (AACS). The AACS Manila station (call sign WXXU), tapped out MacArthur's instructions to the Japanese using a frequency over which AACS had been broadcasting uncoded weather information; the message reads:

From Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers
To The Japanese Emperor, the Japanese Imperial Government, the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters

Message Number Z-500

I have been designated as the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (the United States, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and empowered to arrange directly with the Japanese authorities for the cessation of hostilities at the earliest practicable date. It is desired that a radio station in the Tokyo area be officially designated for continuous use in handling radio communications between this headquarters and your headquarters. Your reply to this message should give the call signs, frequencies and station designation. It is desired that the radio communication with my headquarters in Manila be handled in English text. Pending designation by you of a station in the Tokyo area for use as above indicated, station JUM on frequency 13705 kilocycles will be used for this purpose and Manila will reply on 15965 kilocycles. Upon receipt of this message, acknowledge.

Signed MacArthur.

Within less than 2 hours, the Tokyo reply came back. This was the first direct communication between the Allies and Japan.

THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  In China, the detachments of the 427th Night Fighter Squadron, Tenth AF, operating from Chengkung and Nanning with P-61s return to base at Liuchow.

Fourteenth Air Force:  Unit moves in China:  1st Combat Cargo Squadron, Fourteenth AF (attached to 69th Composite Wing), from Hsinching to Chengkung with C-47s; detachments of 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF at Laifeng returns to base at Shwangliu and a flight begins operating from Chihkiang, all with F-5s.

FRIDAY, 17 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  Unit moves in China:  91st Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, from Fungwanshan to Huhsien with P-47s; detachment of the 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Fourteenth AF (attached to 312th Fighter Wing), at Hsian returns to base at Shwangliu with P-61s.

SATURDAY, 18 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  The 19th Liaison Squadron, Tenth AF, moves from Chengkung to Nanning, China with L-1s and L-5s.

SUNDAY, 19 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  Unit moves in China:  16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group from Chengkung to Nanning with P-51s (the detachment at Pakhoi also moves to Nanning); detachment of 426th Night Fighter Squadron, Fourteenth AF (attached to 312th Fighter Wing), at Liangshan returns to base at Shwangliu with P-61s.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]:  Two B-25Js of the 345th Bombardment Group (Medium) intercept two "Betty" bombers N of Ie Shima. The Japanese aircraft carry a delegation from Tokyo enroute to Manila to meet General MacArthur's staff to work out details of the surrender. The "Betty's" are painted all white with green crosses on the wings, fuselage and vertical tail surface and use the call signs Bataan I and Bataan II. The Japanese land on Ie Shima and transfer to C-54s for the flight to Manila. On the return flight from Ie Shima to Japan, the Betty's run out of fuel and ditch in Tokyo Bay but the delegation is rescued and completes the mission. The 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group, moves from Clark Field, Luzon to Okinawa with C-47s.

MONDAY, 20 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Fourteenth Air Force:  The 92d Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, moves from Fungwanshan to Huhsien, China with P-47s.

TUESDAY, 21 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  The 71st Liaison Squadron, Tenth AF, moves from Kunming to Liuchow, China 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.

FRIDAY, 24 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  C-47 unit moves:  2d Troop Carrier Squadron, 443d Troop Carrier Group, from Dinjan, India to Chihkiang, China; 322d Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth AF, from Liangshan to Chihkiang, China.

Fourteenth Air Force:  The 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, moves from Luliang to Liuchow, China with P-51s.

SATURDAY, 25 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  C-47 units moving to Luliang, China:  3d and 4th Combat Cargo Squadrons, 1st Combat Cargo Group (under operational control of HQ 69th Composite Wing), from Myitkyina, Burma and Hathazari, India respectively.

Fourteenth Air Force:  The 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, moves from Laohwangping to Liuchow, China with F-6s.

MONDAY, 27 AUGUST 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC [US Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific (USASTAF)]

Twentieth Air Force:  B-29s begin supplying prisoners-of-war and internee camps in Japan, China, and Korea with medical supplies, food, and clothing. The first supply drop (to Weihsien Camp near Peking, China) is followed by a concentrated effort of 900 sorties in a period of less than a month. 4,470 tons of supplies are dropped to about 63,500 prisoners in 154 camps.

TUESDAY, 28 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  HQ 443d Troop Carrier Group and 1st Troop Carrier Squadron move from Dinjan, India to Chihkiang, China with C-47s.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]:  The occupation of Japan officially begins as an advance party arrives in the Home Islands. When the news of the Japanese proposal for surrender came on 15 Aug, the 68th Army Airways Communications System (AACS) Group, 7th AACS Wing, received orders to fly into Atsugi Airfield near Tokyo and set up the communications equipment necessary to guide in the first contingent of occupation troops. AACSs mission was to provide navigational aids, point-to-point communications with Okinawa, air-to-ground communications for planes in flight, weather data, and air traffic control. Colonel Gordon Blake quickly assembled a special unit of 5 hand-picked men. Colonel Blake and his AACS men, part of a 150 man task force, flew from Okinawa to Atsugi with 24 C-47 aircraft laden with equipment. In order to carry as much equipment as possible, the load was lightened by carrying only enough fuel to reach Atsugi. Although the Japanese had surrendered unconditionally, Blake and his communicators still did not know whether some might still be hostile. The sight of hundreds of Japanese Navy guards lined up along the airfield was not encouraging to the occupants of the first aircraft to land, but they were met by a group of courteous, English-speaking Japanese military personnel. The navy guards were in their honor. The AACS-men lost no time in getting operations into full swing, and by 29 Aug, the Atsugi control tower was completed. The first planes to arrive on 30 Aug were 5 additional C-47s carrying components to set up the first airborne radio station in Air Force history. Within a few hours, the first C-54 aircraft of the official occupation forces landed at Atsugi and by mid-afternoon Blake's AACS crews had directed 340+ takeoffs and landings at the rate of 1 every 2 minutes. On 30 Aug, Atsugi was the busiest airport in the world.

THURSDAY, 30 AUGUST 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater)

Tenth Air Force:  HQ 1st Combat Cargo Group moves from Myitkyina, Burma to Liuchow, China.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]:  The occupation of Japan in force begins when the 11th Airborne Division is flown to Atsugi Airfield and US Marines land at Yokosuka naval base. The 159th Liaison Squadron (Commando), 3d Air Commando Group [attached to 5th Air Liaison Group (Provisional)] moves from Mangaldan, Luzon to Okinawa with UC-64s and L-5s.

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