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16th May 1944

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United States, United Kingdom, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands sign agreement concerning the administration of countries as they are liberated.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railroad bridges and a tunnel in central Italy. Light bombers blast guns in Roccasecca while fighter-bombers and fighters just behind enemy lines seek out motor transport targets, crater roads, and hit bridges, harassing the already strained command network, while United States Fifth Army troops push rapidly West and North West and British Eighth Army forces push through last defences of Gustav Line in effort to isolate Cassino, a joint effort by British 13 Corps and Polish 2 Corps.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound Kohima, Moirang, and South of Buthidaung. About 70 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit Myitkyina and Hopin areas. 11 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Ywataung and Sagaing marshalling yards and town of Akyab.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast motor pool and warehouse areas at Mangshih.

Fifth Air Force. Fifth Air Force aircraft continue to pound a variety of targets in Netherlands New Guinea and Northeast New Guinea. Targets include airfields and supply areas on Noemfoor and Biak Islands, antiaircraft guns, supplies, and occupied villages in Wakde I-Maffin Sawar coastal area, and bridges, villages, troop concentrations, and antiaircraft positions.

Thirteenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit Vunakanau area. Fighters on sweeps hit barges at Jacquinot Bay and Mioko Harbour, vehicles at Kurakakaul, Mandres Bay, and Vunarima, and North of Vunakanau, a small vessel in Mandres Bay, and a sawmill at Keravat. Fighter-bombers hit occupied areas at Tunuru, near Kieta, near Manetai Mission, and at Tinputs.

Seventh Air Force. Kwajalein based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Wake. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit Nauru and Ponape.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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