Eighth & Ninth Air Forces. 530 Eighth Air Force and 86
Ninth Air Force fighters conduct sweeps over Central and West
Germany. Bad weather prevents attacks on most major ground
targets. Fighters claim 58 aircraft destroyed in air and on
ground. 33 United States fighters are lost, 19 to unknown
causes (probably due mainly to bad weather) and the others
to enemy action and accidents.
Twelfth Air Force. XII A Support Command is redesignated XII
Tactical Air Command. Medium bombers strike marshalling yard
at Leghorn and a tunnel and railroad bridges in Central Italy.
P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack rail lines, bridges, and
ammunition dumps Northeast of Rome with good results. Other
P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache
dive bomber hit numerous targets, including rail lines, motor
transport shop, vehicles, tanks, and gun positions, in Central
Italy and in United States Fifth Army battle areas.
Fifteenth Air Force. Clearing weather again permits heavy
bomber operations. 448 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Bucharest, Ploesti, and
Nish marshalling yard. Over 150 fighters provide escort. A
special group, led by Lieutenant Colonel Louis A Neveleff,
flies from Headquarters at Bari to Medeno Polji. From there
the group proceeds to Marshal Tito's Headquarters at Drvar,
where Colonel Neveleff confers with Tito and spends several
days laying groundwork for evacuation of downed Fifteenth
Air Force airmen in Yugoslav hands. Also, much information
is gathered regarding military organisation and political
trend of the partisan movement. The mission returns to Italy
on 2 May 1944
122 men, mostly Fifteenth Air Force airmen, are also evacuated.
Tenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's hit gun positions at Buthidaung. 12
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Andaman Islands attack shipping
and other targets at Port Blair. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters
hit Heho airfield, destroying several parked aeroplanes.
Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out a bridge at Viet Tri
and damage another.
Fifth Air Force. 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,
and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb landing strips, offshore
islands, and entire coastal area in vicinity of Aitape. 16
P-40 fighters strafe barges at nearby Seleo Island. 20 P-39
fighters hit villages, supply dumps, trucks, and other targets
along Hansa Bay and in Alexishafen area.
Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb ammunition dump on Talili
Bay. 11 P-39 fighters follow with strike on same target. 3
P-38 Lightning fighters fire Wunapope supply area other fighter-bomber
strikes on same area are cancelled by weather. A few P-38
Lightning fighters hit targets in Northeast part of Bougainville.
Seventh Air Force. General Douglass becomes Commanding General
Seventh Air Force. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based on
Tarawa, bomb Maloelap, rearm at Majuro, and hit Jaluit and
Mille on return trip.
Eleventh Air Force. During 14
April 1944, 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance
mission over Matsuwa and Onnekotan Island hit several targets
including Matsuwa airfield. Reconnaissance over Paramushiru
fails due to overcast.
Launched 15 April 1944
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