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19th December 1943

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Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Terni marshalling yard and Orte marshalling yard and airfield. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack road, bridge, and town of Orte and hit Cassino. P-40 fighters bomb Orsogna, Sant'Elia Fiumerapido, and dump near Arce, and hit shipping at Split, Trogir, and Solin. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit railroad and harbour area at Civitavecchia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Messerschmitt plant at Augsburg and marshalling yard at Innsbruck. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide partial escort. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters of 325th Fighter Group, dispatched for escort duty, miss rendezvous with heavy bombers and instead strafe Ancona airfield, truck convoys at Porto Civitanova, train near Senigallia, and vessel at Roseto degli Abruzzi. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Perugia railroad installations and marshalling yards at Castiglione della Valle and Foligno. 9 heavy bombers are lost. United States aircraft claim 37 fighters shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly night strike against newly expanded dock area at Bangkok, causing considerable destruction.

Fourteenth Air Force. About 35 Japanese bombers and fighters attack Hengyang airfield. 26 P-40 fighters are sent up against the attacking force and shoot down 9. 2 P-40 fighters are lost. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters attack Nanbsien and Ansiang.

Fifth Air Force. Cape Gloucester is bombed by more than 140 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers as pre-invasion operations against New Britain increase. 37 P-40 fighters hit Gasmata. 20 A-20 Havoc light bombers pound forces Northeast of Arawe. About 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-39 fighters hit barges, bivouac areas, and gun positions North and West of Finschhafen. 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound Madang. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep coastline of Northeast New Guinea.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Moisuru bivouac and supply dump. 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by 50 Army Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) fighters, bomb town of Rabaul and Simpson Harbour. Other planes on armed reconnaissance hit targets at Buka, Bonis, Ratsua, Poporang, Kara, Kahili, Koiaris, and Nissan Island.

Seventh Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Nanumea and Baker bomb barracks, hangars, and wharf areas on Mille and Maloelap Atolls. Heavy bombers claim 7 fighters shot down. P-39 fighters from Makin strafe Mille, destroying 3 aeroplanes and firing an oil dump. 2 P-39 fighters are lost.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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