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11th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 830 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in 3 separate forces bomb production Centres (primarily fighters aircraft factories) and targets in North Germany at Oschersleben, Bernburg, Halberstadt (Force I); Sorau, Cottbus, Arnimswalde, Stettin, Politz, Gulzow, Zarnglaff and Rostock (Forces II and III). Enemy opposition downs 64 heavy bombers, one of the heaviest single day losses of World War II.

Ninth Air Force. 229 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 36 A-20 Havoc light bombers, including 3 dropping Window, attack Charleroi, Montignies, military installations on coast, and Chievres airfield. Over 90 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb military installation and Gael airfield.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Montalto di Castro railroad bridge, while B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit marshalling yards at Ancona and Siena. Fighter-bombers concentrate on attacks against railroad targets Northeast of Rome and buildings inland from East coast. Tracks are hit hard in Arezzo, Pontassieve area as are stations at Maccarese and Cesano. Overpass, bridges, railroad cars, and dumps throughout Central Italy are attacked, as is town of Gaeta.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack village South West of Buthidaung. 17 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly ground support missions and bomb road near Maungkan. Mogaung Valley targets are pounded by 50 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers targets include Headquarters and stores at Sahmaw, Headquarters and ammunition dump South West of Mogaung, troops at Myitkyina, and targets to the South, gun position South of Kamaing, and Headquarters at Waingmaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad targets North of Vinh and seriously damage a bridge South of Thanh Hoa.

Fifth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 30 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters, blast antiaircraft positions, stores, dumps, and personnel areas at Hollandia. More than 50 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb barges, antiaircraft guns, and other targets along Hansa Bay which is also hit by 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . 12 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb targets on Karkar Island.

Thirteenth Air Force. Thirteenth Air Task Force (Provisional) is created by General Kenney, Commanding General Allied Air Force Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA), from elements of Thirteenth Air Force and other units. About 40 fighter-bombers hit East section of Rabaul while 12 others strike Talili Bay ammunition dump. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast supply areas at Ratawul. On Bougainville 20 fighter-bombers are dispatched against coastal gun positions but fail to locate objective. 12 of the fighter-bombers bomb Aitara while 2 claim destruction of bridge near Mawareka.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the Gilberts hit Ponape, rearm at Majuro, and carry out shuttle mission against Jaluit and Maloelap.

Eleventh Air Force. Of 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attempting to fly photo and bombing run over Matsuwa Island installations, 2 must turn back. The third bombs the runway area.

R27 R-boat
Sunk 11 April 1944

R204 R-boat
Sunk 11 April 1944

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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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