1 January 1945

Just the scale of the fighting is overwhelming. And this was only in the Pacific. There was Europe as well!

Pacific Paratrooper

5th Air Force strafing Clark Air Field, 1945

Ringing in the new year 1945 with fireworks had a far different meaning in the Pacific and CBI Theaters than we’re used to. It began with ______

In the Philippines – bombings of Clark Field on Luzon and Sasa on the island of Mindanao. Wasile Bay enemy bivouac areas felt the bombardments from overhead B-24’s and B-25’s. Manila saw the fighter-bombers as shipyards and other airfields and ammunition dumps were blown. US Air Force planes sank the Japanese ship No. 7,Taiko Maruand No. 3,Taiwan Maru, off Masinloc, P.I.

Philippine Islands

Also in the Philippines – the USSStingraydelivered 35 tons of supplies to Filipino forces on the north coast of Tawi Tawi. HMSStaesmansank four small Japanese vessels with gunfire northeast of Sumatra.

In the Netherland East Indies – the IJNKyyokku Maruwas sunk by…

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