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24th December 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bomber groups are now operational. 670 heavy bombers attack 23 V-weapon missile launching sites being constructed in Pas de Calais area. This is largest number of aircraft carrying out attacks of any Eighth Air Force mission to date and the first of its major strikes against missile sites. No aircraft are lost.

Ninth Air Force. Over 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack NOBALL targets in Pas de Calais area. More than 30 other medium bombers abort due to bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather severely hampers operations. P-40 fighters fail to locate target vessel at Ugljan Island, but shoot down 1 aeroplane in the Adriatic.

Fifteenth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers dispatched to bomb Pisa marshalling yard fail to locate target due to overcast. 24 of the medium bombers bomb marshalling yard at Cecina.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tien Ho satellite airfield. The heavy bombers and 18 escorting fighters claim 20 interceptors shot down. 1 heavy bomber is lost over the target.

Fifth Air Force. Preinvasion bombing effort against Cape Gloucester reaches its peak as nearly 190 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound the area in a day long bombardment. P-39 fighters hit disabled destroyer offshore. Japanese forces in Arawe area are hit by A-20 Havoc light bombers. A-20 Havoc light bombers also sweep Northeast New Guinea coastline. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Atamboea.

Thirteenth Air Force. During 23-24 December 1943, single aircraft carry out harassing strikes against Buka, Kieta, and Faisi. During the day, 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack seaplane anchorage at Bonis. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul. 6 others hit Lakunai. Fighter cover for the strike fights fierce air action with interceptors, claiming 25 shot down. 7 Allied fighters are lost. B-34 Lexington bomber on armed reconnaissance bomb barges and troops in North Bougainville and claim 2 fighters shot down East of Cape Saint George.

Seventh Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through the Gilberts from the Ellice Islands, bomb Wotje.

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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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