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10th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. More than United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 650 heavy bombers hit airfields at Evere, Brussels, Florennes, Diest, Maldegem, Bourges, Orleans, and Romorantin, bomb aircraft factories at Evere, Brussels, Bourges, and Orleans, and attack a V-weapon site at Marquise, Mimoyecques.

Ninth Air Force. 258 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 41 A-20 Havoc light bombers, including 12 aircraft dropping Window, attack coastal batteries at Le Harve, Le Grand Hameau and military installation nearby. During the afternoon 267 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb marshalling yard, airfield, coastal defences, and NOBALL targets at Charleroi, Montignies, Namur, Coxyde, Nieuport, and other points on North coast of West Europe. 47 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb Evreux airfield.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit ammunition dump at Gallicano nel Lazio. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Orvieto marshalling yard and 2 bridges. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Poggibonsi and Cecina railroad bridges and tracks, and viaducts at Bucine and West of Arezzo. Fighter-bombers operating over wide areas of Central Italy and in battle zones hit railroad bridges, railroad cars, motor transport, barracks, and troop concentrations with good effect.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound troop positions throughout Arakan area. 18 others strike troops and other targets around Maungkan and Kangpokpi. About 100 fighter-bombers and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound numerous targets, including encampment South West of Mogaung, positions near Kazu, railroad and truck park at Myitkyina, supply area South of Myitkyina, and bivouac area and supplies at Kamaing. Some of the fighter-bombers carry out support of ground forces Northeast of Kamaing. 40 fighter-bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Katha area hit bridge at Thityabin, troops and supplies at Shwegu, gun positions and troops South of Mawlu, and targets including a fuel dump. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb railroad station and jetty area at Moulmein while 4 others mine mouth of Tavoy River.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage 2 bridges at Phu Dien Chau and destroy several buildings and some railroad track. 10 P-40 fighters pound roads North and South of Wanling.

Fifth Air Force. About 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, teaming with United States destroyers offshore, bombard Hansa Bay area, concentrating on antiaircraft positions guarding airfields.

Thirteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ratawul supply area and 40 fighter-bombers hit runway at Tobera, both strikes causing considerable damage. Night harassment of Rabaul area continues.

Twentieth Air Force. Joint Chiefs of Staff informally approve MATTERHORN plan (approved in principle by President Roosevelt on 10 November 1943) for early sustained bombing of Japan by B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's based in Calcutta area and staging through fields in area of Chengtu. The operational vehicle is to be the 58th Bomber Wing (4 bomb groups) of XX Bomber Command, soon to be assigned to the newly activated Twentieth Air Force, operating under General Arnold as executive agent for Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk (1 hits Ponape) while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based on Abemama, strike Ponape. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, flying shuttle mission between Tarawa and Majuro, pound Maloelap and Jaluit.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly armed reconnaissance over Matsuwa and Onnekotan Islands.

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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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