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13th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. 193 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb NOBALL targets in France. Fighter pilots report being tracked by antiaircraft rockets.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Guidonia, Centocelle, and Ciampino airfields. A-20 Havoc light bombers strike town of Atina. Army Air Force, The British Royal Air Force (RAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter-bombers hit shipping along Dalmatian coast at Sibenik and in Krka River. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit town and railway yards at Isola del Liri, factory at Colleferro, docks at Formia, railroad yards at Valmontone, and railway station Southeast of Frosinone. P-40 fighters hit Sant' Elia Fiumerapido, San Biagio, Saracinesa, and rail and road junction near Villa Latina.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Centocelle and Guidonia airfields and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Perugia airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly top cover for the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers missions. The heavy bombers destroy several fighters in aerial combat.

Tenth Air Force. General Wolfe, Commanding General, arrives at New Delhi with Advanced Echelon of XX Bomber Command staff. This is the first important movement of personnel for Operation MATTERHORN. 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit troop concentrations at Lalawng Ga and bomb Maran Ga and Shaduzup. 27 P-40 fighters attack command centre and dumps along Kamaing, Mogaung road. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound airfield and supply area at Myitkyina.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweep from Hong Kong to Hainan attack 4 large boats, several warehouses, radio station, and a car at Fort Bayard. 1 of the vessels explodes. 6 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe 4 pack trains of about 15 animals each between Lungling and Tengchung.

Fifth Air Force. General Wurtsmith becomes Commanding General V Fighter Command. 130 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-40 fighters attack Alexishafen. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Gasmata. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Kaukenau and Timoeka and score hit on freighter off Tanimbar Islands.

Thirteenth Air Force. Headquarters moves from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal. During predawn hours 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tobera, Rapopo, Wide Bay area, and coast South of Rapopo. P-39 fighters strafe Tinputs area.

Seventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa attack harbour shipping at Wotje. 21 A-24 Banshee dive bomber from Makin dive-bomb dock, barracks, and storage area on Mille. Some of 16 escorting P-39 fighters strafe ground targets, and 10 other P-39 fighters carry out strafing mission over Mille.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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