Eighth Air Force. 443 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers dispatched to bomb industrial targets at Schweinfurt,
Zwickau, Oschersleben, Leipzig, Schkeuditz, and Halle are
forced to abandon mission because of haze and multilayer clouds.
Fighter opposition is concentrated over North France and 6
heavy bombers are lost.
Ninth Air Force. 231 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 20 A-20 Havoc light bombers
attack railroad, shore batteries, radar installations, airfields,
sites at Dunkirk, Courtrai, Wevelghem, Coxyde, Furnes, De
Pannes Bains, Saint Ghislain, Ostend, and points along coast.
Over 70 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb military installations
in North France.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers bomb rail lines approaching Monte Molino bridge and
at nearby junction to Viterbo line, railroad and road bridges
South of Orvieto and at Certaldo, tracks approaching bridge
at Imperia, and railroad bridges over Var River and at Albenga.
Light bombers pound Zagarolo supply dump. Fighter-bombers
and fighters (some operating with British aeroplanes) hit
command (mainly railroad bridges), vehicles, a supply dumps
at various places, including Arezzo, island of Elba, Orvieto,
Northeast of Grosseto, North West of Bracciano, Civita Castellana,
Montalto di Castro, between Piombino and Viterbo, in Castiglioncello
area, North West of Montepescali, and South of Cecina.
Fifteenth Air Force. 483d Bomber Group (B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers) becomes operational, increasing number of combat
status heavy bomber groups in Fifteenth Air Force to 17. Bad
weather lifts, permitting heavy bomber operations. Almost
450 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers attack aircraft factories at Fischamend Markt
and Wiener-Neustadt and Bad Voslau assembly plant and airfield.
Over 200 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
provide escort. Heavy bombers and fighters claim over 30 aircraft
shot down. 8 United States aeroplanes are known lost and several
more fail to return.
Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-34
Lexington bomber blast troop positions near Buthidaung. 35
A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Paungbyin and South West
of Imphal. 90 P-40 fighters, A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
over Mogaung Valley support ground forces, bomb supply areas,
and hit numerous targets in areas around Mogaung, Myitkyina,
Kamaing, Taungni, and Shaduzup. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
knock out bridge at Natmauk while 2 others damage Pyu bridge
near Rangoon. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Nagorn Sawarn
while 7 hit Moulmein railroad station and jetties and bomb
Southeast part of Prome.
Fifth Air Force. 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,
and A-20 Havoc light bombers, supported by over 60 P-38 Lightning
fighters, bomb antiaircraft positions, airfields, supply areas,
and shipping construction. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25
Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-39
fighters bomb and strafe various targets at Wewak, Madang,
along Hansa Bay, and on Karkar Ireland. Other P-39 fighters
fly barge sweep from Alexishafen up the coast as far as mouth
of Sepik River. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Penfoei.
Thirteenth Air Force. 5th Bomber Group is ordered to move
from Guadalcanal and New Georgia to Los Negros where it will
form nucleus of Thirteenth Air Task Force. 23 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers and 11 P-39 fighters pound West section of
Rabaul, 7 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers cause considerable
damage in Ratawul supply area. 23 fighter-bombers blast concrete
airstrip at Vunakanau. On Bougainville 12 fighter-bombers
bomb and strafe Numa Numa trail and pound harbour area.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers, flying out of Abemama, bomb Maloelap,
rearm at Majuro, and hit Jaluit on return trip.
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