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10th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit San Benedetto de Marsi. P-40 fighters, with The British Royal Air Force (RAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, hit command, gun positions, trucks, and tanks at numerous points in and North West of battle area. Other P-40 fighters give close support to ground forces in Chieti area. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit trucks, tanks, trains, and other targets North of Rome.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Sofia, causing considerable damage in marshalling yards. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit marshalling yard at Skoplje. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide escort. Around 60 fighters attack the Sofia force and fierce air battle ensues. 2 heavy bombers are lost. The B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and fighters escorts claim 28 aircraft shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit bivouac area at Nanyaseik. 15 P-40 fighters attack bridge at Namti, damaging railroad tracks and the South approach to the bridge. During 9-10 January 1944, 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in Menam River estuary near Bangkok and in Rangoon estuary. The heavy bombers during the day bomb marshalling yard and airfield in Bangkok area and hit main jetty at Akyab. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers mine Mokpalin ferry crossing over Sittang River.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb approach to Kienchang bridge and attack troop train North of Teian damaging the train and killing an estimated 100 soldiers. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters sweep area from Anking to Chiuchiang, sinking a large motor launch, 2 100 ft barges, and a tug on the Yangtze, and attacking a bridge at Teian and tracks South of Chiuchiang. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-40 fighters attack shipping on the Yangtze near Wusueh, sinking a launch and leaving 3 tankers burning.

Fifth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters attack Madang, Alexishafen, and Bogadjim areas and coastline from Madang to Sio. P-39 fighters strafe scattered villages and barges in New Britain. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Koepang.

Thirteenth Air Force. General Hubert Harmon, Commanding General, begins heavy bomber campaign of night strikes. The 5th Bomber Group opens the night raids sending 20 heavy bombers on a strike against Lakunai airfield after a morning raid by 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers against nearby Vunakanau airfield. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Kahili supply area while 4 hit Chinatown area of Buka. Army Air Force and Navy fighters cover Navy dive bomber strike against Cape Saint George.

Seventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters from Makin strafe Mille. 1 of the fighters drops 2,500 lb bombs on fuel storage area. During 10-11 January 1944, 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa from Ellice Islands, bomb Maloelap; 4 others, staging through Baker from Canton Island, hit Mille.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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