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17th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack marshalling yards at Terni, Chiaravalle, and Montemarciano. B-26 Marauder medium bombers strike Orte railway bridge and Viterbo marshalling yard. P-40 fighters hit Sibenik harbour, bridge at San Giorgio del Sannio, gun positions at San Giuseppe and Formia, and docks at Anzio. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb Anzio, Avezzano town area and road junction, and Tarquinia town and factory buildings.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack marshalling yard at Prato and marshalling yard and bridge at Pontassieve. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard at Arezzo. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces in Shaduzup, Ngamaw Ga area and near Taro. Others bomb supply dumps, warehouses, and rolling stock at Sahmaw. P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina airfield.

Fifth Air Force. 47 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hansa Bay area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Nubia. P-39 fighters strafe Rai Coast. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bandanaira.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and Navy fighters support Navy dive-bomber strike on shipping at Rabaul. 18 aeroplanes are claimed shot down. 10 Allied fighters fail to return from mission. During 17-18 January 1944, a few B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, in 2 flights, bomb Rabaul area, while 2 B-34 Lexington bomber bomb Kalakapisi coast watcher station at Choiseul Island.

Seventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama bomb and strafe Mille, hitting runway, antiaircraft positions, radio tower, warehouse area, lagoon dredges, and possible oil dumps. 4 P-40 fighters from Makin bomb and strafe Mille landing ground.

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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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