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14th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). General Eisenhower establishes Headquarters Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Commander (COSSAC) comes under control of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).

Eighth Air Force. 46 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers attack Gilze-Rijen airfield. Primary target, Eindhoven airfield, is overcast.

Twelfth Air Force. Twelfth Air Force loses several of its operational units, the 12th Bomber and 33d and 81st Fighter Groups being transferred to India, and the 52d Troop Carrier Wing and its 4 groups being sent to United Kingdom. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Perugia marshalling yard, A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Grottaferrata. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack guns in Pontecorvo area, railway yards at Civita Castellana and Frosinone, motor transport near Genzano di Roma, airfield at Furbara, and Ferentino railway station, some of the missions being in direct support of United States Fifth Army main front. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe troop concentrations North and East of Anzio beachhead, scoring hits on tanks, motor transport, and guns near Cisterna di Roma, Cori, and Rocca di Papa. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Colleferro and dump at Valmontone. P-40 fighters score direct hits on vessel and fuel dump in Rogoznica area.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Modena, Brescia, and Verona and several targets including airfield and Piaggio aircraft factory at Pontedera and railroad bridges and lines at Parma, Sassuolo, Rubiera, and South of Vicenza. Heavy bombers and escorting P-47 Thunderbolt fighters claim 20 fighters shot down. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Mantua, Verona, Massa Lombarda, Ferrara and Arezzo, and targets including Pisa marshalling yard, Prato marshalling yard, airfields at Pisa and Pontedera, and road rail junction near Vaiano.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and A-36 Apache dive bomber carry out 70 sorties against a variety of targets in Burma. Target include supply area at Shingban, truck convoy North of Maingkwan, supply dumps and motor transport in Kamaing area, bivouac near Mogaung, troop armoured vehicle concentrations between Mogaung and Kamaing, artillery positions at Laawn Ga, and railroad station and warehouses at Lundaung.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers with P-40 support, bomb and strafe Dagua airfield, destroying and damaging over 20 aircraft. 80 plus B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Momote airfield. More Lhan 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Kavieng and Panapai.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rabaul area in a diversionary strike while Navy torpedo bombers lay mines in Simpson Harbour. 30 escorted B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Vunakanau airfield while 28 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, also with escort, bomb Rapopo airfield. P-40 fighters and Navy fighters escort Navy dive-bomber raid on Tobera gun positions and airfield revetments. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also bomb Tobera. On Bougainville weather clears, permitting the first attacks, by 19 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, on Kara and Kahili, in recent weeks. P-39 fighters attack Puriata River bridges.

Seventh Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from 11th and 30th Bomber Groups, flying out of Makin and Tarawa, strike Ponape in first Seventh Air Force raid on the Caroline Islands. 2 of the heavy bombers hit alternate target of Emidj Island.

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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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