Eighth Air Force. 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb industrial area of Brunswick. 2 P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters each carrying 2 1,000 lb bombs, escorted by 6 P-47
Thunderbolt fighters, fly mission against enemy barge in Zuider
Zee to test feasibility of this type of operation. The fighter-bombers
score near misses.
Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force directive states that the
Ninth is released from first priority commitment to assist
Eighth Air Force. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers of the Ninth
Air Force (committed to Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF))
will continue to escort heavy bombers when required by the
Eighth. Ninth Air Force Advance Headquarters assumes function
of target selection and mission planning for IX Bomber command.
Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF) Headquarters has authority
to indicate percentage of effect to be expended on each type
of target on a long-term basis. 118 B-26 Marauder medium bombers
attack marshalling yards at Aulnoye and Haine-Saint-Pierre
and Chievres airfield. During the afternoon, 10 medium bombers
using 'Oboe' to test its accuracy, bomb Coxyde airfield with
poor results. Dive-bombing missions using fighters begin with
a 7-aircraft attack on Saint-Valery-en-Caux airfield.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers and fighter-bombers, together with Mediterranean Allied
Strategic Air Force (MASAF) heavy bombers and other aircraft
of Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) in greatest
air effort yet made in Mediterranean Theatre of Operations
(MTO), rain bombs upon enemy concentrations in Cassino and
surrounding areas as New Zealand Corps begins third battle
of Cassino. Light bombers and medium bombers also hit a command
post East of Ceprano and town of San Benedetto de Marsi. Fighters
on patrol and sweep over Anzio, Cassino, and Rome meet no
Fifteenth Air Force. More than 300 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers bomb Cassino, area South of Cassino,
and areas near Venafro, in support of United States Fifth
Army. Over 250 other heavy bombers return to base without
bombing because of complete cloud cover of their target areas.
Extensive fighters cover over Cassino area is provided by
P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly
2 sweeps over Viterbo, Canino area. There is no fighters opposition.
Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's join British aircraft in pounding
villages and Japanese positions in Arakan area. 31 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers and 20 The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellingtons
and Beaufighters pound supply dumps and targets in Rangoon
area while 8 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit barracks
near Bangkok. Numerous United States and The British Royal
Air Force (RAF) medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack
villages, Japanese positions, ammunition dumps, tanks, and
many other targets in the Chin Hills, at Chindwin, in the
Mogaung Valley, and in areas around Mandalay.
Fifth Air Force. More than 200 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters,
P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-40 fighters pound Wewak township,
blasting docks, warehouses, gun positions, and numerous other
targets. Fighters claim 11 enemy aeroplanes shot down. 36
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tingo village and Lugos
Mission area on Manus, where elements of 1st Cavalry Division
make amphibious landing, take the mission, and head East toward
Thirteenth Air Force. General Hubert Harmon, Commanding General
Thirteenth Air Force, becomes Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS).
50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters, P-39 fighters,
and P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters pound Wunapope
supply areas. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with Navy fighters
escort, bomb Lakunai airfield. 22 unescorted B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers, finding Tobera clouded over, bomb airfields
at Rapopo as a secondary target.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein fly first Seventh Air
Force mission against Truk Atoll, hitting Dublon Island and
Eten Island before dawn; alternate targets of Oroluk Anchorage
and Ponape Town are also hit. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
from Tarawa hit Maloelap. By this date the A-24 Banshee dive
bomber, P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters used against Mille
and Jaluit during FLINTLOCK and CATCHPOLE have returned to
Oahu for rest and re-equipment.
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