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16th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb approaches to Ficulle and Todi railway bridges. A-20 Havoc light bombers blast fuel supplies. P-40 fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit Capranica viaduct, town of Zagarolo, railway at Spigno Monferrato, marshalling yard at Orte Terni, tunnel at Capranica, and tracks, vehicles, railway cars, ammunition dump, bridge, and targets at various points in Central Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. 31st Fighter Group (P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers) (transferred from Twelfth Air Force on 1 April 1944) begins operations. It becomes the fifth operational fighters group of Fifteenth Air Force. 432 heavy bombers attack Brasov marshalling yard, Turnu Severin marshalling yard and airfield, aircraft factory and airfield at Belgrade, and marshalling yard at Nish. Over 90 fighters fly escort while 50 others, failing to rendezvous with heavy bombers, strafe trains on Crcliova line East of Turnu Severin.

Tenth Air Force. In Arakan area 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound troop positions South and South West of Buthidaung. More than 50 others hit Churachandpur, Homalin, Nawngpu-awng, Tiddim Road, and bridge at Manipur Road. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridge over Mogaung River while 9 others, along with 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, hit warehouse and railroad station at Mohnyin. 9 P-38 Lightning fighters destroy 3 medium bombers at Zayatkwin near Rangoon while 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers in Mandalay area hit Anisakan airfield, destroying 2 aeroplanes.

Fifth Air Force. 170 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Hollandia town and airfield and numerous other targets in the area. P-39 fighters hit wooded area and command targets along Hansa Bay and attack villages and supply dumps from Bogia to Uligan Harbour. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Madang area. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Koepang. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly light strike against Wakde. Other aircraft, operating singly or in pairs, attack targets on North coast of New Guinea and Southeast coast of New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb runway at Satawan. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ratawul supply area and alternate target of Raluana. At Rabaul 30 fighter-bombers attack area inland from Toboi wharf.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, staging through Eniwetok, strike Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama hit Maloelap and Mille, using Majuro as a rearming base between the strikes.

R108 R-boat
Sunk 16 April 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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