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14th January 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 527 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 20 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Pontecorvo bridge. A-20 Havoc light bombers offer close support to United States Fifth Army forces in Monte Trocchio area. P-40 fighters blast Loreto tank repair shops. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit defences in San Giuseppe, Sant' Elia Fiumerapido, and Monte Trocchio areas. A-36 Apache dive bomber also attack road and buildings East of Minturno, town of Isola del Liri, and harbour at Anzio.

Fifteenth Air Force. Around 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack town area and airfield at Mostar. P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort throughout the missions, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters join the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers at the target and cover the flight back to base.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) encounters bad weather which limits operations to fighters patrols in Sumprabum area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on coastal sweep from Pakhoi to Haiphong bomb group of buildings on Weichow Ireland. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers damage 2 vessels near Saint John Island.

Fifth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-40 fighters hit Alexishafen and Erima area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Cape Busching. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets along North coast of New Britain, and A-20 Havoc light bombers strike villages along South coast.

Thirteenth Air Force. During 13-14 January 1944, 15 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vunakanau and Lakunai airfields, Rabaul, Rapopo, and Malaguna. Just before dawn, 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Au, Cape Gazelle, and Buka. P-39 fighters join Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers in bombing Wakunai. 70 Allied fighters support strike by more than 50 Navy dive bombers against shipping in Simpson Harbour. Fighters claim 27 aircraft shot down.

Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa, bomb 3 islands in Kwajalein Atoll. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin fly mission against shipping at Wotje. 2 of the medium bombers attack 2 small vessels, sinking 1 and damaging the other. The other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs a runway and building on South part of Wotje.

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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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