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14 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Sat, 1944-10-14

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

ORDNANCE EXPENDED: None

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14 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Sat, 1944-10-14

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

ORDNANCE EXPENDED: 12 x 500-pound bombs

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06 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Fri, 1944-10-06

DATE OF AIR RAID: October 06, 1944

OBJECTIVE: Destroy river traffic east of Pingnam and fly staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: One aircraft bombs Tien Ho airbase, one aircraft bombs White Cloud airbase, one aircraft bombs Wuchow, one aircraft bombs Samshui, and one aircraft bombs Pingnam.   Damage is unknown.  Two aircraft bomb and strafe small craft.

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06 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Fri, 1944-10-06

OBJECTIVE: Fly a series of staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: One B-25 bombs aircraft revetments at White Cloud airbase and two B-25s bomb barracks at Tien Ho airbase. Two B-25s bomb and strafe small craft on the West River, sinking or setting on fire five small boats and sampans.  A sixth B-25 is unable to take off for the mission due to a Japanese air raid on the American airbase at Liuchow.

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04 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Wed, 1944-10-04

OBJECTIVE: Reconnoiter the flight path for low-altitude attacks on Kai Tak airbase

RESULTS: Flying on the deck, the pilot successfully simulates future airstrikes by following the planned low-level route into Hong Kong and over Kai Tak, where no enemy aircraft are observed.

TIME OVER TARGET: ~2:20 p.m.

AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: One P-51D from the 74th Fighter Squadron (23rd Fighter Group)

AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW: Unknown

ORDNANCE EXPENDED: None

JAPANESE UNITS, AIRCRAFT, AND PILOTS: None

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04 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Wed, 1944-10-04

OBJECTIVE: Fly a series of staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: One B-25 bomb White Cloud airbase, three B-25 bomb Tien Ho airbase, and two B-25s bomb the designated alternate target of Wuchow.

TIME OVER TARGET: ~9:00 to 11:32 p.m.

AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: Six B-25s from the 491st Bomb Squadron (341st Medium Bomb Group)

AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW:

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04 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Wed, 1944-10-04

OBJECTIVE: Fly a series of staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: Two B-25s bomb Tien Ho airbase and one B-25 bombs White Cloud airbase.  Damage is unknown, though fires are started in the bomber revetments at White Cloud and the barracks area of Tien Ho.

TIME OVER TARGET: ~9:46 to 11:45 p.m.

AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: Three B-25s from the 11th Bomb Squadron (341st Medium Bomb Group)

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03 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Tue, 1944-10-03

OBJECTIVE: Fly a series of staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: Due to solid cloud cover over the Canton airbases, the first four B-25s hit alternate targets of Wuchow and Samshui.  When the cloud cover begins to break up, three B-25s bomb Tien Ho airbase and one B-25 bombs White Cloud airbase.

TIME OVER TARGET: ~8:20 to 9:27 p.m.

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03 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Tue, 1944-10-03

OBJECTIVE: Fly a series of staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: Two B-25s bomb White Cloud airbase.  Three B-25s hit Tien Ho airbase, where the bombing ignites a large fire.  One B-25 bombs Pingnam when it cannot locate White Cloud.  One B-25 bombs and strafes small craft on the West River.  Two of the B-25s that hit other targets also strafe small craft on West River.

TIME OVER TARGET: ~7:40 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

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02 Oct 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

Date(s) of events described: 
Mon, 1944-10-02

OBJECTIVE: Fly a series of staggered single-aircraft night raids to harass airbases at Canton and prevent JAAF pilots from flying night bombing missions against American airbases in China.

RESULTS: Eight B-25 crews are briefed to bomb the Canton airbases.  Six aircraft are unable to locate the target and return their bombs to base.  One B-25 commanded by Lt. Hexberg bombs White Cloud airbase.  One B-25 commanded by Lt. Ley bombs the town of Samshui.

TIME OVER TARGET: ~6:50 p.m. over White Cloud and ~11:03 p.m. over Samshui

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