Here is an interesting release from CINCPAC.You will note in the text that NAF losses were 15 aircraft.It is also necessary to note that when reading detail from the South Pacific that you will encounter date variations because of the International Date line, so the reader/researcher should read all reference with an eye to this detail.
Also note that whoever transcribed this message wrote the wrong date 44/45...........
CINCPAC COMMUNIQUÉ NO. 228, JANUARY 9, 1944 Further reports of the attacks of aircraft from carriers of the U. S. Pacific Fleet which struck targets in and around Luzon in the Philippines on January and 6 (West Longitude Dates) and caused damage to the enemy are now available as follows: Aircraft:
Ten shot down.
Seventy?four destroyed on the ground.
One Zero, three damaged on the ground. All aircraft figures are in addition to those reported in communiqué No. 226.
Shipping destroyed, not previously reported:
Three medium cargo ships sunk.
Four small coastal cargo ships sunk.
Five luggers sunk.
Shipping damaged, not previously reported:
One large cargo ship.
Three medium cargo ships.
Nine small coastal cargo ships.
One tug and fifteen small craft.
Many fires were started by the attacking aircraft. In sweeps over the island aircraft destroyed one locomotive, fifteen freight cars, forty?six trucks, barracks, fuel supplies and other installations and damaged buildings and other facilities. Our forces lost fifteen airplanes in combat.
Partial reports from the Pacific Fleet show that the following damage was inflicted on the enemy by carrier?based aircraft in the attack on Formosa Ishigaki, and Miyako Jima in the Sakishima Group, and Okinawa on January 8; 17 aircraft destroyed; 17 aircraft damaged; 14 small ships sunk; 17 small ships and luggers damaged; one large tanker left burning off Toshien, Formosa. The enemy offered no opposition in the air. Further details of this attack which was reported in communiqué No. 227 are not now available.
On January 7, Army Liberators of the Strategic Air Force, Pacific Ocean Areas, bombed air installations on Iwo Jima in the Volcanoes. Our aircraft encountered moderate antiaircraft fire but all returned safely.
Aircraft of the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing and Fleet Air Wing Two encountered meager antiaircraft fire in neutralizing attacks on enemy?held bases in the Marshalls on January 6 and 7.