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11th March 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 121 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Munster while 34 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit V-weapon site at Wizernes. Both attacking forces use blind bombing techniques due to thick overcast.

Ninth Air Force. 61 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites in North France. 53 abort because of weather and navigational difficulties.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers strike at Florence, Orvieto, and Fabriano marshalling yards with good results. P-40, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers attack supply depot, railroad station, and factory in areas Northeast of Monterotondo, and numerous other targets, including gun positions in battle areas, railroad facilities, and 2 supply trains.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by 30 P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb harbour at Toulon. More than 100 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by more than 50 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, hit marshalling yard at Padua. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Pontassieve and Prato and hit airfields at Iesi. Heavy bombers and fighters claim destruction of more than 30 enemy aeroplanes in the air.

Tenth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and A-36 Apache dive bomber and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit fuel and ammunition dumps, gun positions, roads, and general targets in or near Saungka, Pandaw, Walawbum, Labang Gahtawng, Shaduzup, and Mogaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters damage 3 barges at Campha Port, hit buildings on Weichow Island, and attack town area at Ha Coi.

Fifth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Lorengau while 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb enemy positions to the West of the town, as preliminaries for invasion of Manus increase. 80 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Boram airfield while more than 40 A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-39 fighters attack targets in Madang area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe Hansa Bay area. Other aircraft carry out armed reconnaissance and sweeps over wide reaches of Northeast New Guinea and New Britain coastal areas.

Thirteenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 20 P-38 Lightning fighters, pound Rabaul town area. 20 P-40 fighters bomb Wunapope. 43 P-40 fighters bomb Mosigetta area while 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Monoitu Mission.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating out of Kwajalein for first time, carry out the Seventh's first raid from the Marshalls against Wake. P-40 fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, operating from bases in the Gilberts, pound Mille and Maloelap.

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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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