June 1944 (5)

Clearing a road-block on the Imphal-Kohima Road

Clearing a road-block on the Imphal-Kohima Road

Around the wide Pacific…….

14 June – Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Island group, and Chichi Jima & Haha Jima, in the Bonins, were attacked by US carrier aircraft.  Installations were bombed and strafed.  The Japanese lost: 39 planes shot down, 25 aircraft destroyed on the ground, 2 freighters sunk and several heavily damaged.  The US lost: 8 aircraft, with 3 more downed the following day.

15 June – on Biak Island, New Guinea, US ground forces were not making progress due to cliff-side ambushes.  MacArthur sent in Gen. Eichelberger to take over the command.

In Japan, 47 China-based B-29’s bombed Yawata, the nation’s steel center.  Not much damage was incurred on the plant although the civilian casualty rate was high.  This was the first attack by land-based aircraft on Japan’s mainland.

Ichi-Go Plan

Ichi-Go Plan

18 June – the Japanese Ichi-Go offensive captured Changsha, Burma.  They continued to advance, which put Gen. Chennault’s B-29 bases in jeopardy.

19-20 June – enemy installations on Pagan were bombed and strafed by US aircraft.  From here, until 7 July, Guam and Rota were attacked each day at least once by carrier forces.

Japanese tanks and troops in CBI

Japanese tanks and troops in CBI

22-26 June – in the CBI, the enemy siege and fighting at Imphal, India lasted 88 days.  The Japanese U-Go offensive unraveled as the British 2nd Division and 5th Indian Division finally met up at the Imphal-Kohima Road, Milestone 107.  In Burma, the town of Mogaung fell to the 77th LRP Brigade and the Chinese 38th Div.  They then turned east to Myitkyina, where the US and Chinese forces were already laying siege.

Kuril Islands

Kuril Islands

In the Kuril Islands, Kurabu Zaki, on Paramushir, and important enemy base, was bombarded by ground units.  This action would be repeated on 30 June.

28 June – US troops on Saipan reached Nafutan Point on the southeast tip of the island.  It had taken nearly 2 weeks to cover 4 miles (6 km).

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Melvyn Douglas

Melvyn Douglas

Article from the ‘CBI Roundup’ newspaper

MELVYN DOUGLAS CRASH LANDS

INDIA – Capt. Melvyn Douglas, motion picture star now serving in CBI as a Special Service Officer, and 17 other passengers on an airplane owe their lives to the cool piloting of 1st Lt. Harold L. Griffith, of Los Angeles, Calif., it was revealed this week.

After riding out a severe storm and bucking terrific headwinds, Griffith was forced to make a difficult “belly landing.” The dangerous crash landing was made on a dry lake, flanked on three sides by hills, and was accomplished without a moon for illumination.

Capt. Douglas and the other passengers, including Capt. Roger F. Howe, Seattle, Wash., and Glenn Abbey, of Dodgeville, Wis., member of the American Mission at New Delhi, had high praise for Lt. Griffith and his co-pilot, Lt. James M. George, of Seminole, Tex., and Sgt. E. B. Halzlip, Eatonton, Ga., radio operator.

Click on images to enlarge.

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Military Humor – 

CBI humor

CBI humor

CBI humor

CBI humor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Gloria (Gove) Allen – Delray Beach, FL; USO, WWII

Luxembourg American Cemetery

Luxembourg American Cemetery

Paul Chess (Fiszel Czyz) – brn: POL/Chicago, IL; US Army, WWII

Cyrus Duval – Twinsburg, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

John Farrel Sr. – Bronx, NY; US Coast Guard, WWII

Paul Healy Newport, RI; US Army, Vietnam

Edward Isbell – OK; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Charles Kessler – Denver, CO; US Army Air Corps, WWII

John McCreight – Toronto, CAN; RC Air Force, WWII, navigator

Charles Prophit – Tquesta, FL; US Navy, Vietnam

Geneva (Shepard) Richard – Womelsdorf, PA; US Army WAC, WWII, driver

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 3, 2016, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. Another great post I almost missed ! Interesting about Melvyn Douglas .

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  2. I don’t know what Melvyn Douglas did during his time in uniform, but the fact that he put the uniform on at all sets him apart from the current Hollywood crop.
    There are quite a number of young veterans around the movie industry; some are connecting with Gina Elise and her Pin Ups For Vets calendar. But I don’t know of any who are leaving the biz to join up.

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  3. When I read the Japanese lost 25 aircraft and the US 8, the thought passed through my head, GP, that once the US had air superiority the war was all but over. It became a question of when. –Curt

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  4. silviadeangelis40d

    Dettagliatissimi e di grande interesse, i tuoi articoli
    Buona serata e un saluto,silvia

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  5. Great reflections on turbulent times in the South Pacific gp, I love the story of Iwo Jima and the raising of that flag, took me a while to figure out the song, The Ballad of Ira Hayes was written about one of the men who raised that flag, bit off subject I know, but your mentioning that time and era bought it back to me.
    Cheers.

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  6. I’d have much preferred a photo of 1st Lt. Harold L. Griffith, of Los Angeles, than Melvyn Doughlas, GP; the hero of the forced landing, not a movie actor passenger

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  7. I usually keep up to date (or try too anyway!) on war news relating to Afghanistan and Iraq, but it’s beyond amazing to be able to take a trip back to the past and read information I wouldn’t have known if you didn’t post it here. I’m part Japanese, so this is particularly interesting to me. Great read!

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    • I’m very glad you find this research interesting. I often delve into so much, I do lose touch with day-to-day current news, so I appreciated your post more than you know. I hope we continue to hold your interest. My father’s letter IX, being posted on Monday might especially do that.

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  8. Regarding Mogaung, after Stilwell announced it was captured by a combined American-Chinese force “Mad Mike” Calvert is reported to have signaled Stilwell’s HQ “Chinese reported taking Mogaung. My Brigade now taking Umbrage.” I’ve always thought that was a great retort.

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  9. The vast war arena continues to amaze me.

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  10. Very interesting to read

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  11. A lot going on in the Pacific. Thanks, GP

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  12. Only a year of the war left and they are still fighting hard. Good to see that the Indians get a mention. And lots of West African troops would have been there too.

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  13. What a hard fought war. When I read “It had taken nearly 2 weeks to cover 4 miles (6 km).” you know that it’s bad. Excellent post!

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  14. When I read something like “attacked each day by carrier task force” I start to wonder how we kept those task forces supplied with fuel and ordinance and parts and…

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  15. So much going on still, and another year to go before it all ends. These posts serve make me remember what a very long drawn-out war that was.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  16. The tanks in that picture of Japanese troops are tiny! The soldiers could just about see over the top of them

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