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14th May 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. Support for Allied ground assault into Gustav Line continues as aircraft hit at lines of command North and North West of Rome and blast targets in immediate battle area. Medium bombers claim hits on bridges, bridge approaches, and viaducts at Chiani, Marsciano, Monte Molino, Castiglione d'Orcia, San Giovanni Valdarno, Poggibonsi, Tabianello, and Arezzo. A-20 Havoc light bombers pound command posts in battle area. Fighter-bombers hit stations, tracks, roads, town areas, bridges, gun positions, and targets in immediate battle area and in or near Esperia, Terni, Narni, Itri, Terracina, Perugia, Chiusi, Orvieto, San Giovanni Valdarno, Maranola, and other locations North of Rome.

Fifteenth Air Force. Just over 700 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Vicenza, Padua, Ferrara, Treviso, Mestre, Mantua, and Piove di Sacco, and airfields at Piacenza and Reggio Emilia. Fighters fly over 170 sorties in escort. 48 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe Aviano and Villaorba airfields.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb troops and gun positions at Lahaw. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tiddim road at Tonzang, causing roadblock. 48 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb positions at Kalewa and South of Bishenpur. 11 P-40 fighters hit bridge and road at Kazu and railroad shed at Myitkyina. 25 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit troop positions at Hopin. Meiktila and Heho airfields are hit by 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters. The fighters claim 4 aeroplanes downed in combat.

Fourteenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit trucks at Yoyang, river shipping, boxcars, and trucks at Pailochi and Sienning, and storage area at Shayang. 20 other P-40 fighters bomb and strafe towns near Mamien Pass, Pingkai and areas around Mengta and Tating. 6 Japanese bombers hit Kienow, rendering airfield temporarily unusable.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bosnik supply areas and Sorido runway. In Wakde Sawar Maffln Bay area, villages and antiaircraft positions are pounded by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers. Fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers maintain strikes against airfields, bridges, trucks, villages, and other targets in Wewak Hansa Bay area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tobera airstrip. 44 fighter-bombers pound supply and personnel areas at Vunakanau. P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters strafe targets in North and East Gazelle Peninsula, and fighters patrols over Rabaul area attack several targets. In Buka Bougainville area, 40 P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters bomb Hangan, Tsirogei, Tokiparo, pier at Kessa Plantation, and near Ibu.

Seventh Air Force. 53 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein and 43 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin join Navy aircraft in pounding Jaluit.

M435 Minesweeper
Sinks 14 May 1944

M369 Minesweeper
Comes under attack from Allied aircraft, whilst towing M435.

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