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17th March 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers, escorted by P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighters, attack Chartres airfield. 16 others bomb Soesterberg airfield, losing 2 aircraft to antiaircraft fire.

Ninth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb marshalling yard at Criel-sur-Mer France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Montepescali marshalling yard and Cecina. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Roccasecca and Castrocielo, while A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troop concentration in Cassino area. Fighter-bombers hit guns in Cassino area and attack nearby railroad bridge and underpass with good results.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vienna and various targets. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort. Over 100 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers abort because of bad weather.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters attack supply dumps in Kalewa area in Chin Hills region. 18 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit villages and positions in same general area while 22 others attack troops near Thaungdut. 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and A-36 Apache dive bomber damage Shweli and Mogaung bridges and hit positions and supply dumps in Kamaing area. 37 P-40 fighters blast airfield at Myitkyina. Numerous other aircraft fly miscellaneous sorties over Sumprabum area. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers cause fires among oil installations at Chauk.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe boatyards at Vinh and hit lumber stores and sawmills at nearby Ben Thuy.

Fifth Air Force. Almost 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Wewak area. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Hansa Bay area while other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Madang, Alexishafen area. Soerabaja naval base is bombed by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

Thirteenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers and 31 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound supply areas at Wunapope and at Ralum. A few fighter-bombers hit Japanese bivouac area on Matchin Bay. 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound airstrip at Namatanai.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb, respectively, Ponape and Jaluit.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly armed reconnaissance over Onnekotan Island before dawn releasing bombs through overcast.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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