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16th January 1944

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Events On This Day

European Theatre of Operations (ETO) General Eisenhower assumes duties of Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb marshalling yard and choke points at Terni. B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack marshalling yard and bridge at Orte. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb town of Atina. P-40 fighters attack bridges in San Giorgio del Sannio area and gun emplacements near Cassino, Sant' Angelo in Theodice, and Picinisco. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit railway junction at Cecina, road and railway South of Siena, and town areas of Avezzano and Formia.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Osoppo landing ground and town of Zara. The heavy bombers claim 9 fighters shot down. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is destroyed in aerial combat. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Messerschmitt factory at Klagenfurt and landing ground at Villaorba. Escorting fighters claim 3 aircraft destroyed. 3 P-38 Lightning fighters are shot down.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack town of Pingkai and strafe targets in surrounding valley area.

Fifth Air Force. Madang, Erima, and Bogadjim areas are hit by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-40 fighters. P-39 fighters strafe area from Sio to Bogadjim. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb area North from Cape Croisilles. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack positions near Arawe. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out light raid on Amboina harbour.

Seventh Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber, 16 P-39 fighters,and 8 P-40 fighters from Makin strike Mille. The A-24 Banshee dive bomber bomb and strafe antiaircraft positions and storage areas, the P-40 fighters bomb and strafe barracks and antiaircraft emplacements, and the P-39 fighters strafe runways. 2 P-39 fighters are lost. P-39 fighters sent up on interceptor missions claim 3 aeroplanes destroyed over Mille and Makin.

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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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