OBJECTIVE: Bomb aircraft revetments at White Cloud airbase in Canton
RESULTS: Bombers claim to destroy six to seven enemy aircraft in revetments and inflict additional damage on buildings and other installations at the airbase
TIME OVER TARGET: ~2:50 p.m.
AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: Twenty-eight B-24s from all four squadrons (373rd, 374th, 375th, and 425th) of the 308th Heavy Bomb Group escorted by 50 fighter aircraft from the following squadrons: <Read more ...>
OBJECTIVE: Reconnaissance flight over Canton, Hong Kong, and Sanchau Island
RESULTS: Pilot takes a series of recon photos. Pilot reports 15 ships in the 200 to 400-foot range in Victoria Harbor and a large 400-foot tanker in a bay on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Engine failure prevents coverage of Sanchau Island.
TIME OVER TARGET: ~1:00 p.m.
AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: One F-5E from Flight B, 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW: Lt. Snyder in aircraft #305
OBJECTIVE: Fly nocturnal sea sweep mission to detect and sink Japanese ships in the South China Sea.
RESULTS: The radar-equipped B-24 fails to locate any Japanese ships. The aircraft commander then opts to bomb the Kowloon docks (the designated secondary target) on the return flight. Damage is unknown.
TIME OVER TARGET: Late evening
AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: One B-24 from the 308th Heavy Bomb Group
AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW: Captain Armstrong in plane #823