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10th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 138 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack industrial area of Brunswick, fierce opposition accounts for loss of 29 aircraft. 28 aeroplanes bomb airfields at Gilze-Rijen.

Ninth Air Force. 114 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack V-weapon sites in coastal France, airfields at Poix and Beauvais, Tille, bridge at Le Crotoy, and coastal battery North of Conch River.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) LB and medium bombers missions are aborted because of bad weather. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber support unsuccessful attempt of United States Fifth Army's 1st Division to stem attack in Carroceto area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fail to locate target (Sora) and drop bombs at targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Albano Laziale, Cisterna di Latina, and Cecina. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Campoleone and Velletri. P-38 Lightning fighters bomb and strafe Tivoli, Vicovaro, and Monterotondo area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly uneventful sweeps over Cisterna di Roma and Albano. Numerous heavy bombers are forced to abort operations because of unsafe flying conditions.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ban Mah arsenal at Bangkok and Don Maung airfield immediately to the North. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Prome and Akyab, 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Chiradan and Godusara, and 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit barracks and road at Chishidu.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb Wanling and vicinity while 3 others fly top cover. The target area, a supply, staging, and training centre, is heavily damaged. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers during 9-10 February 1944 mine mouth of the Yangtze River. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sea sweeps claim 2 freighters sunk near Hainan Island and South West of Hong Kong. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters strafe boats and parked aeroplanes in Chiuchiang area. 12 P-40 fighters strafe power boats and sampans along the Yangtze from Puchi to Yoyang.

Fifth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Boram airfield and harbour at Wewak. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Momote airfield and jetties at Manus Island. P-39 fighters strafe targets during sweep over wide areas of New Britain. The junction of Allied forces from Arawe and Cape Gloucester marks completion of campaign for West end of New Britain, occasional missions will still be flown in the area, but most will be restricted to barge sweeps and patrols.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and Navy fighters cover Navy dive-bomber attack on Vunakanau airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with fighters escort bomb Vunakanau later in the day. Tobera is pounded by 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers supported by P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters. The Allied aeroplanes claim 30 aircraft downed in New Britain area. P-39 fighters hit buildings at Bonis and barges in Matchin Bay and near Green Island.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Wotje and Maloelap. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Abemama, sent to bomb weather and radio station on Rongelap Island, abort due to fuel leak in lead heavy bomber. Attempt to bomb Jaluit during return flight is unsuccessful.

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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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