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15th January 1944

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Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF). General Eaker assumes command of Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF) and Army Air Forces, Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (AAFMTO), replacing Air Chief Marshal Tedder and General Spaatz, who along with Air Vice Marshal Coningham and numerous other American and British officers have departed for United Kingdom.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Foligno railway junction. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridges at Orvieto, P-40 fighters of 79th Fighter Group and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) 239 Wing hit San Valentino station in joint attack. A-36 Apache dive bomber and other P-40 fighters, in support of United States Fifth Army forces, hit gun positions and strong points, especially at Picinisco and Atina. P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance hit railroad West of Frosinone station and strafe Ceccano station and railway cars.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Prato marshalling yard and industrial area, and also hit roads in area and drop several bombs in town of Pistoia. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers concentrate on railroad yards and bridges in Florence area at Certaldo, Poggibonsi, Montalto di Castro, Arezzo, Civitavecchia, and near Porto Civitanova and Orvieto, and hit scattered targets. Fighters escort all the missions.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over North Burma hit train at Pinwe.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sea sweep along Indochina coast bomb Hongay power plant and sink gunboat in nearby cove to the South West. Coal grading building at Campha Port is also bombed. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweep off Southeast China coast sink wooden vessel off Swatow and damage lighthouse on Nampang Island. 2 others shoot down Japanese bomber North of Chikhom.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Uligan Harbour. P-40 fighters, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Madang, Alexishafen, Erima, and Bogadj im area. Enemy positions along South coast of New Britain are attacked by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with 60 fighters escorting, pound East Cape. P-39 fighters attack barges and trucks at Chabai.

Seventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa flying at deck-level bomb and strafe shipping and shore installations at Maloelap. 2 vessels are hit and oil dump, hangars, other buildings, and runways are damaged. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers crashes at sea after being hit by antiaircraft fire.

M265 Minesweeper
Commissioned 15 January 1944

R133 R-boat
Launched 15 January 1944

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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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