From: USA now in Brasil
September 3, 1944 Washington DC
31st AA Regiment is located at Sapporo.
1st Mixed Brigade is located at Mutanchiang.
3rd Engineer Regiment is located at Lunga.
105th IJA Base Force is located at Mukden.
2999 men are based at Akita.
28014 men are based at Arshaan.
Tokyo Bay Fortress is located at Tokyo.
21st Reserve Engineer Regiment is located at Shimuzu.
21st Division is planning for an attack on Eniwetok.
10th Aviation Rgt is located at Changchun.
Maizuru 4th SNLF is located at Rabaul.
Radio transmissions detected at Vancouver.
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Matsuyama vacant
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Bien Hoa vacant
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Andaman Island 4 aux, 2 LCUs 6480/22/0
PB2Y Coronado takes recon photos of Marcus Island 12 LCUs 25160/104/0
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Madang vacant
F-5A Lightning takes recon photos of Buka vacant
PBY Catalina takes recon photos of Lunga 8 LCUs 13260/130/0
Nanning was attacked by 68 X B-25J and 37 X P-40N, who encountered a lone Tony that ran as fast as he could. The AA fire was heavy and accurate, as it brought down 4 bombers and damaged 32 more. The airfield was moderately damaged, there were some secondary explosions, 11 Helens, 3 Topsys and 2 Tabbys were destroyed and casualties were very heavy. A force of 37 X P-38J ran into the fleeing Tony and put him out of his misery.
Bangkok was swept by 40 X P-38J and 26 X Zeke, 7 X George, 39 X Jack, a Tony, 5 X Frank and a Randy put up a fight. 14 Lightnings were shot down and 3 took damage. The Japanese lost 11 Zekes (1 damaged), 4 Georges, 13 Jacks (2 damaged), a Tony, 3 Franks and a Randy. Life is short for fighter pilots in Burma, on both sides.
Krung Thep was the scene of 6 X Spitfire VIII meeting 3 X Jack and 12 X Frank. 2 Spits were downed and a Frank took some damage. A little later the the Japanese CAP of 15 X Jack, 25 X Frank and a Zeke was faced with an attack made up of 29 X B-29, 127 X Liberator VI (1 damaged), 35 X B-24J, 16 X P-38J, 39 X Thunderbolt II, and 7 X Spitfire VIII. All of the Japanese planes were destroyed and the bombers caused very heavy damage to the airfield, a huge number of secondary explosions were observed and personnel losses were heavy. The 34th Ind. Mixed Brigade was hit by 23 X B-25J (1 damaged), 27 X P-38J, 44 X Thunderbolt II (7 damaged) and 8 X Spitfire VIII. The unit took very heavy casualties. A very short time later, before the dust had even settled, the 34th was struck again. This time 30 X B-25J, 39 X Mosquito FB.VI (1 downed, 4 damaged), 60 X P-47D (2 damaged) and 2 X P-38J. Losses were once again very heavy. A Japanese shelling did nothing except damage to the local foliage, or what's left of it. An Allied assault saw the Japanese forced back once again with both sides absorbing extremely heavy losses.
Truk was attacked by 81 X B-29 and the airfield had heavy damage, there were a couple of secondary explosions and casualties were moderately heavy.
Buna was bombed by 44 X B-17E, 44 X B-24D, 39 X B-24J, 41 X P-40N and 11 X Kittyhawk III. The airfield was heavily damaged, there were many secondary explosions and casualties were heavy. The 67th Naval Guard Unit was pounded by 63 X P-38J and 4 X P-40N for very heavy casualties.
Lunga was raided by 37 X B-24D who did moderate damage to the port, caused some secondary explosions and personnel losses very light.
The 5th New Chinese Corps was raided by 12 X Peggy, who dumped their bombs off target.
At Tavoy the Japanese threw shells at the Allied forces, causing negligible losses. The Japanese had heavy casualties from the Allied artillery.
Another of the never ending meetings at the Pentagon has finally come to a conclusion. It has been decided that Morotai and Menado will protect the flanks of the Mindanao operation. Recon flights will allow a guesstimation of Japanese strength and where the actual landings will take place. It is expected that Davao will be the bastion that is tough to take. Plans also call for the taking of Gasmata, Lae, Kavieng and other spots in the area to seal the fate of about 100,000 Japanese troops.
Sam watches the Sea Bees doing their work and he amazed at how they've managed to cut an airstrip out of this place. Now they are expanding the strip as the work on the fortifications slows down. If it weren't for these Sea Bees he'd have almost nothing to do and plenty of time to do it. He wonders if the 25th Division isn't going stale just sitting tight on this tiny bit of land so close to Tokyo.
The amount of shipping of all types gathering at Ulithi, Guam and Palau is staggering. Of course Gil is only aware of what's in the area surrounding Guam, but just that is enough to make him wonder how the Japanese manage to fight against such an awesome machine. The raids on Truk have met with no Japanese planes and the light AA fire has been inaccurate at best. He hopes that this is the case for the rest of his war, but somehow he has doubts.
Bill writes to Sandy telling her of his longing to see her again. He stops writing and leans back in his chair thinking of her and then he looks at her picture and sighs.
FDR addressed the nation on the radio today as it was Labor Day. He extolled the virtues of the American worker and how they are winning the war by the sheer amount of goods being produced.
A National Day Of Prayer was declared in Britain on the 5th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. British Empire casualties are 242,995 KIA, 311500 WIA, 80,063 MIA and 290,381 POW.
British troops took Brussels.
Von Rundstedt took command in the West.
Victory Points Allied 39329 Japanese 34180