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12th December 1943

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Twelfth Air Force. Weather curtails operations. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb road, railroad, and landing ground at Terracina. P-40 and A-36 Apache dive bomber fighter-bombers hit trucks along roads in Chieti-Francavilla area and bomb town of Itri. Fighters fly patrols and reconnaissance over battle area.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Operations are limited to weather reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out saturation bombing strike against bridge at Myittha, over which large volume of Japanese goods is flowing to the North. Despite this large air effort only the approach spans suffer effective damage.

Fourteenth Air Force. 41 Japanese bombers and fighters bomb West side of Hengyang airfield, causing considerable damage. 31 P-40 fighters and 6 P-38 Lightning fighters intercept the enemy force, claiming 20 aeroplanes shot down. 2 P-40 fighters are lost. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Hankow airfield.

Fifth Air Force United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters dive-bomb Bogadjim Road. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers make light raids on Ceram and in far West part of Netherlands New Guinea.

Thirteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe Arigua Plantation. 8 others, with fighters support, bomb supply area at Bonis. The fighters afterwards strafe Japanese forces between Kieta and the Aropa River. Other fighters aircraft strafe harbour at Tonolai and cover Navy dive bomber strikes against targets in Ratsua, Porton, Chabai, Soraken areas and Kieta Harbour Tobera Bay area. 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili area and Poporang.

Seventh Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying out of Ellice Islands bases, bomb Emidj Island.

Blohm & Voss Bv 226
this was redesignated Blohm & Voss Bv 246 Hagelkorn (Hailstone).

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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