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17th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon installation at Wizernes in Pas de Calais area. No fighters opposition is offered and all United States aircraft return without damage.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges North of Orte and at Monte Molino, while A-20 Havoc light bombers pound fuel dump Northeast of Rome. P-40, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and A-6 fighter-bombers hit motor transport stores and gun positions North of Anzio, bomb Fara in Sabina station, hit tracks, trains and guns in Orte and Narni area and at other points North of Rome.

Fifteenth Air Force. 470 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Belgrade, Sava marshalling yard and Rogozarski airfield and aircraft factory as well as lkarus aircraft factory at Belgrade, Zemun airfield, and marshalling yard at Sofia. More than 200 fighters escort the missions. United States aircraft claim 25 aeroplanes downed in combat.

Tenth Air Force. 36 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's again pound positions South West of Buthidaung. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Akyab. 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces near Meza. 60 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit scattered villages and pound Kalewa and Yaingangpokpi. 9 P-38 Lightning fighters destroy several aeroplanes at Heho airfield while 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ywataung. 26 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 36 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces at Mawlu and bomb fuel dump at Kin. 13 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are diverted to intercept Japanese force over Imphal area and claim 3 aeroplanes shot down.

Fifth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb storage areas and troop concentrations in Kai Islands. P-39 fighters attack antiaircraft positions at Bogia. Other planes, operating individually or in pairs, attack Hollandia, Uligan Harbour and vicinity, and Madang area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Satawan. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound runway and revetments at Rapopo airfield. 40 fighter-bombers hit Matupi with incendiaries while 10 others pound runway at Keravat.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based on Tarawa, strike Maloelap and Mille, rearming at Majuro between the raids.

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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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