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12th April 1944

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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, and V-weapon 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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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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