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13th February 1944

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Combined Chiefs of Staff accepts revision of Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan). The targets are reduced to a number that can be decisively attacked and target lists are revised to keep up with the effort of the Germans to relocate vital industrial plants. Disruption of command lines and reduction of Luftwaffe air power are high priority aims included in Combined Chiefs of Staff directive on this date.

Eighth Air Force. 377 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 17 V-weapon targets in Pas de Calais area. 39 bomb targets in the area.

Ninth Air Force. 182 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack V-weapon sites in coastal area of France. 16 others bomb secondary targets in the area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Bucine viaduct. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers support Fifth Army forces North and East of Anzio beachhead, blasting ammunition dump and troop and vehicle concentrations. P-40 and A-36 Apache dive bomber fighter-bombers give support in same areas, hitting troop concentrations, railway tunnel, buildings, vehicles, supply dump, and gun positions.

Fifteenth Air Force. Operations are restricted to weather reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage road bridge and 2 warehouses in Wuntho area. 32 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit supply area and radio installations South of Kamaing and blast bivouacs South of Walawbum. 18 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit road and railroad junction North of Sahmaw, bivouac North of Kamaing, and camp between Tsumhpawng Ga and Walawbum. During the night, 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Heho airfield.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound railroad shops at Vinh. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit convoy East of Foochow, claiming 3 freighters and a transport sunk. 4 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage 2 vessels off South West Hainan Ireland and bomb dock, railroad, and oil dump at Bakli. 6 P-40 fighters bomb and strafe barracks and hangars at Phu Tho and strafe freight cars at Yen Bay and Suo Ha.

Fifth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Aitape. 70 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Momote airfield. 35 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kavieng airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tobera airfield, and 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lakunai airfields. Both forces are escorted by fighters. P-40 fighters and Navy fighters escort Navy SBD Dauntless dive bomber and torpedo bombers dive bombing runway and antiaircraft positions at Vunakanau.

Seventh Air Force. During 13-14 February 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa, operating individually at intervals, bomb Wotje, Taroa, and Mille.

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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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