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12th January 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. Colonel Archibald Y Smith assumes command of XII Air Force Training and Replacement Command. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Giulianova railway bridge and attack a dam and road bridge. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit San Donato. P-40 fighters attack vessel in Krka River, hit enemy defensive positions at San Biagio Saracinesa, Sant' Elia Fiumerapido, Monte Trocchio, and Atina, and bomb Vallerotonda. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack Avezzano railroad yards, village near Atina, railroad facilities at Cisterna di Latina, and numerous trucks and train cars in Rome area.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly fighters sweep in Rome area, strafing marshalling yard at Teramo and buildings between Tronto and Tesino Rivers.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit marshalling yard at Letpadan, damaging warehouses, engine sheds, and other buildings. The fighters also strafe Myohaung, setting 3 buildings afire.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bangsue marshalling yard at Bangkok.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Alexishafen area. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Warai. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Balikpapan, Makassar, and Dili.

Thirteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers of 42d Bomber Group, on their first mission against Rabaul area, bomb Vunakanau airfield in early morning, and 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Lakunai airfield during 12-13 January 1944. 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with escort of about 50 fighters, pound airstrip and other targets at Tobera. 3 flights of P-39 fighters bomb and strafe Teop, Inus Point, Numa Numa, and Piano Mission. Other aircraft on armed reconnaissance and sweeps hit several targets throughout Bougainville area.

Seventh Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber from Makin dive-bomb antiaircraft positions and storage area on Mille. 20 supporting P-39 fighters strafe runways.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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