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
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
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.
Commissioned 15 January 1944
Launched 15 January 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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