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22nd December 1943

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Army Air Force (AAF). Orders are issued for General Spaatz to take command of United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE). General Eaker, Eighth Air Force Commanding General, is to command Allied Air Forces in Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (MTO), after remaining in United Kingdom until mid January to advise General Spaatz and General Doolittle, the new Commanding General, Eighth Air Force.

Eighth Air Force. 439 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Osnabruck and Munster. Heavy cloud conditions along with malfunction of Pathfinder equipment result in a large number of heavy bombers failing to attack targets. 2 aircraft are lost on this mission. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) light bombers attack numerous NOBALL targets in France in conjunction with Osnahruck, Munster raids.

Ninth Air Force. 210 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers sent to bomb special targets in France are recalled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. General Williams reassumes command of XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional). P-40 fighters and Spitfires of Twelfth Air Force, The British Royal Air Force (RAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) hit strong points in Tollo, Miglianico, Chieti East P-40 fighters blast bridge, locomotives, trucks, and railroad tracks at and near Tortoreto and Benedello. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe targets in area around Zara.

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

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Hwajung. 2 others claim 3 direct hits on freighter 105 miles South of Hong Kong. 65 Japanese bombers and fighters attack Kunming airfield. 10 P-40 fighters and a P-38 Lightning fighters from Kunming and several fighters from Yunnani engage the enemy force in a 50 minutes running battle, claiming 12 aeroplanes shot down. 2 United States aircraft are destroyed on the ground. Damage to airfield is not serious. 7 P-40 fighters intercept a force of 58 aeroplanes heading toward Chengkung, shooting down 3 of them and preventing attack on the airfield.

Fifth Air Force. 130 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers continue bombardment of Cape Gloucester. Japanese air raid on Arawe causes minor damage. Nearly 40 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, bomb Wewak and Boram. The P-38 Lightning fighters, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and some P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on sweep claim at least 13 aircraft shot down. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters bomb airfields and barges at Madang and town of Alexishafen. A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound occupied area North of Finschhafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out strikes against Numa Numa, Kahili supply area, Buka's Chinatown area, and scattered targets. Fighter aircraft and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack barge concentrations and hide outs at Sohano Island, Chabai, Porton area, Anewa Bay, and Ambitle Island, and several targets throughout Bougainville. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating individually and in pairs, attack targets near Bonis, near Porton, and at Sohano Island.

Seventh Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 from Makin dive-bomb cargo ships in Mille lagoon. Escort is provided by 32 P-39 fighters and F6F Hellcat fighter. The P-39 fighters strafe the ship and antiaircraft and gasoline dumps on the island. The vessel is left burning.

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