01 Aug 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China
OBJECTIVE: Staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass Canton airfields and prevent JAAF from flying night bombing missions
RESULTS: Due to cloud cover, B-25 #405 fails to find the target and does not release its bombs. B-25 #403 bombs Tien Ho and White Cloud airbases, but damage is unknown.
TIME OVER TARGET: ~7:55 to 10:20 p.m.
AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: Two B-25s from 11th Bomb Squadron (341st Medium Bomb Group)
AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW:
- B-25: #403: 1st Lt. Stanley A. Johnson; 2nd Lt. Boyd A. [last name illegible]; 2nd Lt. Warren Curtis; 2nd Lt. Philip [last name illegible]; Sgt. Frank L. Gaines; Staff Sgt. Roy A. Jones; Staff Sgt. Frederick T. Kaveney
- B-25 #405: 1st Lt. Gordon R. Francis; 2nd Lt. Harry G. Charles; 2nd Lt. William G. Pauger; Staff Sgt. Charles A. [last name illegible]; Staff Sgt. Ervin B. Terwilliger; Sgt. William Cullen.
ORDNANCE EXPENDED: 20 x 100-pound bombs
JAPANESE UNITS, AIRCRAFT, AND PILOTS: None
AIRCRAFT LOSSES: None
SOURCES: Original mission reports and other documents in the Air Force Historical Research Agency archives at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Information compiled by Steven K. Bailey, author of Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942-1945 (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2019).