Ninth Air Force. About 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
medium bombers attack marshalling yards, airfields, and NOBALL
targets in France and Belgium. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and
P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb targets in North West
Europe for the sixth straight day. Bad weather causes large
number of aborts.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather permits medium bombers operations
for first time in several days. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit bridges near San Giovanni Valdarno, Orvieto, and Monte
Molino, and Terni viaduct. B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack
bridges West of Arezzo. Fighter-bombers continue attacks on
roads and railroads North of Rome. Targets in areas of Avezzano,
Civitavecchia, Furbara, Terni, Todi, Orvieto, Manciano, Perugia,
Monte San Savino, and La Spezia, and near Rome are attacked.
Fifteenth Air Force. 485th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers) is declared operational, giving Fifteenth Air Force
its planned operational strength of 21 heavy bomber groups.
The 52d Fighter Group (P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers) also
begins operations with the Fifteenth on this date, making
a total of 6 fighters groups. Around 400 heavy bombers attack
airfields and industrial complex at Wiener Neustadt. Over
200 fighters provide support. 19 heavy bombers hit Knin railroad
centre. Over 300 heavy bombers are forced to abort due to
bad weather which has halted operations for the past few days.
Opposition is fierce against the Wiener Neustadt missions.
21 heavy bombers and 1 fighters are lost. United States aircraft
claim 50 combat victories.
China-Burma-India (CBI). In drive to free the Burma Road,
Chinese troops cross Salween River on a 100 mile front and
attack Japanese positions in North Burma.
Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's hit Buthidaung area. More than 70
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters, and 10 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers blast numerous targets, concentrating on barracks
and storage in Myitkyina Mogaung vicinity and also hitting
gun positions and bridges at Kamaing, and railroad siding
and buildings at Mohnyin. 60 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's
hit Kohima and Bishenpur, and damage bridge near Kalewa. 16
P-38 Lightning fighters destroy several aircraft in strikes
on Aungban and Kangaung airfields.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters sink 6 large junks and damage several others
in Fan Tou Bay, and destroy several trucks between Wan Pa-Hsa
and Mong Ho Pung. 28 P-40 fighters bomb Tengchung town area,
strafe nearby truck convoy, damage bridges at Tingka, Bac
Le and Hsenwi, hit power dam at Tasa, bomb tank and truck
dispersal area at Hsiangcheng, and hit 30 railroad cars at
Lang Giai, Dong Dang, and Na Cham.
Fifth Air Force. 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and
fighter-bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
aeroplanes, maintain attacks on targets along Northeast New
Guinea coast from Hansa Bay area to Wewak. 2 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers hit Mokmer airfield. 45 B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb airfields on Eten
Island and warehouse area at Dublon.
Thirteenth Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighter-bombers attack Tobera airfield. 11 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers hit Matupi Island. Fighters on sweep hit trucks West
of Keravat. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Muguai Mission.
61 P-39 fighters (some back from Tobera strike) and 12 P-40
fighters attack targets throughout Buka Bougainville area,
including bridge over Crepers River, supply area at Mawareka,
barge at Chabai, village on Schwarze Point, pillbox at Gohi,
and general area of Porton Plantations.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wake during 9
May 1944. During the day, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from
Engebi bomb Ponape while Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers raid Jaluit and Wotje.
Eleventh Air Force. The Eleventh directs its components to
place more emphasis on photographing and bombing of specific
targets instead of general reconnaissance.
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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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