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15th April 1944

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Events On This Day

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 14-15 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.

Z45 Destroyer
Launched 15 April 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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