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13th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 270 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb V-weapon installations in Pas de Calais area, but strike is cancelled because of bad weather. 7 bombers manage to attack Paix airfield as target. 2 aeroplanes are lost to antiaircraft fire.

Ninth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack V-weapon site at Lottinghen, Les Grands Bois. 37 abort due to bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb railway bridges North West and West of Sarzana and at Viareggio, hit tracks South of the latter, and, along with South African Air Force (SAAF) light bombers, bomb Fabriano marshalling yard. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Spoleto marshalling yard, hitting East and West choke points and line to Terni, and also attack Perugia marshalling yard with less successful results. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb railroad station between Orte and Orvieto while P-40 fighters hit supply dump near Velletri and gun positions along beachhead line directly South of Rome.

Tenth Air Force. 140 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers along with 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound numerous targets in Shaduzup area, knock out a span of bridge in Shaduzup, hit town of Loilaw, pound supply and ammunition dumps near Warazup and Seton, and bomb building area North of Namti.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 4 P-40 fighters attack airfields and seaplane anchorage at Kiungshan on Hainan Island. 16 P-40 fighters bomb bridge at Puchi, scoring direct hits on both approaches.

Fifth Air Force. 160 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-40 fighters thoroughly pound Wewak area. United States aircraft claim 8 interceptors shot down. Other aircraft, operating singly or in flights of 2 or 3, attack several targets in Northeast New Guinea New Britain area. In the Admiralties, Hauwei Island is cleared of enemy opposition and artillery is brought ashore.

Thirteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with Navy fighters escort, and 22 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Rabaul area, hitting North West part of Rabaul and harbour and waterfront section. 27 P-39 fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters pound Wunapope supply area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Kusaie while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa hit Ponape. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama and Tarawa pound 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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