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16th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 679 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb aircraft factories and airfields at Augsburg, Friedrichshafen, Gessertshausen, and Ulm. Fighter opposition is heavy against the first force of bombers over France and Germany. 23 United States bombers are lost on mission.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers, light bombers, and medium bombers blast gun positions in Cassino, Piedimonte area as battle of Cassino rages on. Fighter-bombers also hit gun positions along Anzio beachhead front.

Tenth Air Force. 29 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Japanese positions in Arakan area. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge at Nattalin near Rangoon.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on Yangtze River sweep damage 2 launches near Yoyang and pound barracks and storage at Sienning.

Fifth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit antiaircraft positions, buildings and salvage dumps at Wewak and nearby Brandi Plantation. 19 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb personnel and storage areas at Nubia. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and Catalinas attack Japanese convoy near Hollandia. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb docks and factory area at Soerabaja.

Thirteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vunakanau airfield, and 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers follow with raid on Vunakanau radar Installations. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 12 P-39 fighters, and 11 P-40 fighters hit Wunapope supply areas. 10 P-38 Lightning fighters attack Cape Tawui while 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound North edge of Simpson Harbour. 7 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe barges West of Raluana Point. At Monoitu Mission, a raid by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers demolishes several buildings.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa from Abemama pound Wotje, Ormed Island and Mille.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers take off from Shemya shortly before midnight 15-16 March 1944 to fly armed reconnaissance over Matsuwa Island, but turn back prematurely. Some of the bombers jettison their bomb loads over the target area.

R200 R-boat
Is refloated and undergoes repairs.

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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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