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15th February 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 51 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon site at Saint-Pol, Siracourt. 34 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb target, an airfield believed to be Coxyde or Nieuport.

Ninth Air Force. 194 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites, Cherbourg, Maupertus airfield, and targets during morning mission. 122 B-26 Marauder medium bombers again bomb V-weapon construction sites in coastal area of North France during afternoon.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Monte Cassino Benedictine Abbey in support of New Zealand Corps assault to establish bridgehead across the Rapido South of Cassino. Other B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb railroad at Monte Molino and marshalling yard at Montepescali. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack motor transport, roads, and road junction in Albano Laziale area and North West of Valmontone. P-40 fighters bomb concentrations near Cisterna di Roma, and dumps in Valmontone and Rocca di Papa areas. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit concentrations North of Anzio beachhead, strafe trucks and barracks in Frosinone Rieti areas, bomb Tiburtina and Trastevere marshalling yards in Rome area, and hit buildings North of Velletri.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Monte Cassino Benedictine Abbey. 60 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Poggibonsi marshalling yard, Campoleone, and Porto d' Ascoli. Heavy cloud cover causes numerous aborts. All the missions are unescorted.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit targets in Burma, including rice mill and radio station at Waingmaw, targets along Hukawng Walawbum road, motor pool and dumps in Kamaing area, troops and supplies at Padi Ga and canal bridge at Ye-u. P-40 fighters also drop land mines on Nampaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweep of Gulf of Tonkin coastal areas and North Indochina score direct hit on steamer at Haiphong and nearby railroad station, damage bridges near Viet Tri and patrol launch at Hanoi, and hit engine sheds at Thanh Hoa.

Fifth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kavieng town area, harbour, and shipping and Panapai airfield. 17 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, prevented by weather from reaching Panapai, bomb Talasea on New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters cover, bomb runway and dispersal area of Vunakanau airfield. 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Borpop airfield, causing heavy damage in runway and revetment areas. In ground action, United States and New Zealand troops land on Nissan Island in Green Islands, 40 miles North West of Buka; opposition is weak and organised resistance will end on 23 February 1944.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa and Makin pound Ponape and Mille. 10 P-40 fighters from Makin bomb and strafe runways and a disabled vessel at Mille.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the United States Navy's destroyer USS Herbert C Jones which was badly damaged.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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