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17th February 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Advanced Headquarters, Ninth Air Force, is opened at Hillingdon House, Uxbridge. It is later joined in the area by advanced units of IX Fighter Command and by troop carrier units, all of which form a nucleus of Advanced Echelons so as to centralise tactical operations in anticipation of combat on the Continent.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Campoeone and Lanuvio area, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit dumps South West of Rome and North of Anzio, also hitting guns nearby. A-20 Havoc light bombers blast dump and troop concentrations in Anzio area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb dumps near Valmontone. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit Carroceto, on concentrations Southeast of Rome, and railroad underpass and a factory North of Anzio. P-40 fighters blast enemy transport, runs, and assembly areas North of Cisterna di Latina, trucks North of Anzio North of beachhead battle line, railroad stations at Campoleone and Caroceto, and bivouac areas, dumps, a factory, and bridge in battle area. This entire air effort the heaviest o date in support of troops is aimed at helping prevent breakthrough at he beachhead, where Wehrmacht are committed to full strength counteroffensive. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb Monte Casino Abbey in only air action on United States Fifth Army main front.

Fifteenth Air Force. 455th and 456th Bomber Groups become operational giving the Fifteenth Air Force 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers groups. Unescorted B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Camoleone and Grottaferrata, motor transport parks in Campoleone junction and Rocca di Papa areas, troop on concentration near Frascati, stores depots in Grottaferrata area, and their targets in advance of United States Fifth Army's Anzio battle line which is under heavy counter-attack by the Wehrmacht forces.

Tenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on armed reconnaissance hit troops and supplies from Lonkin to Kamaing. 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit supply areas along roads around Lonton and Manywet; 2 others hit road junction near Maingkwan. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strike road bridge, railroad station, and rail cars in Pyingaing area. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack but fail to damage bridge near Ye-u.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweep of Gulf of Tonkin score 2 direct hits on freighter at Vinh, damage bridge approach and locomotive at Yen Xuon Station, and destroy locomotive at Yen Ly Station.

Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Panapai airfield and Talasea. 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers claim 2 surface vessels and a submarine sunk off New Hanover. 16 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe targets in Alexishafen area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join 40 Navy fighters in covering an attack by 70 Navy dive bombers on shipping in Keravia Bay. 8 aeroplanes are claimed shot down. 2 Navy fighters are lost. In North Solomons Allied fighters hit Queen Carola Harbour, Kessa Plantation and bridge North of Kahili.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa and Abemama hit Ponape, Kusaie Island, and Jaluit. P-40 fighters strafe floatplanes off Emidj, as United States Navy (USN) Task Force begins heavy attack on Truk.

R39 R-boat
Sunk 17 February 1944

R200 R-boat
Sunk 17 February 1944

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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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