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10th May 1944

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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 9-10 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

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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