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17th May 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. Operations continue in support of Allied ground assault. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb road bridges in immediate battle area with generally fair results. Roads are blocked in Frosinone. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb landing ground at Viterbo while A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb command post near Valmontone and drop supplies to French troops on Monte Revole. Fighter-bombers hit railroads, bridges, trucks, and gun positions behind and along battle front with good results, destroying or severely damaging 6 bridges, creating road blocks in towns of Vallecorsa and Pico, blasting gun emplacements at Cassino, and hitting numerous targets.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Piombino and San Stefano al Mare harbours and shipping in the areas, harbour area and nearby steel works in Portoferraio, causeway at Orbetello, marshalling yard at Ancona, and town of Bihac. P-38 Lightning fighters strafe airfields at Ghedi, Villafranca di Verona, Modena, Forli, and Reggio Emilia while other fighters fly over 130 sorties of escort duty.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit positions South of Buthidaung and South of Labawa. An equal number pound Bishenpur Moirang area. 18 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Chauk oil installations while 20 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kangaung airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers fly 90 sorties against Mogaung Valley targets, hitting targets at Kazu and Namti and bridge at Kamaing, and supporting ground forces in Myitkyina area.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters support ground forces at Mamien Pass, hit Japanese positions at Tatangtzu, damage bridge and several trucks at Shweli, strafe troops at Luchiangpa, and bomb and strafe horse pack train near Tengchung. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 13 P-40 fighters pound Shayang barracks area and hit troops and vehicles Northeast of Shasi.

Fifth Air Force. Allied forces land without opposition near Arare after naval bombardment. Fifth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets in general vicinity at Sawar, Sarmi, and mouth of Orai River. More than 100 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, pound antiaircraft positions on Bosnik, Sorido, and Mokmer, and supply areas and airfield on Noemfoor. 120 plus fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue to hit Wewak Hansa Bay area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Tobera while 43 P-39 fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters, in conjunction with 40 Navy dive bombers, blast Vunakanau area. Fighters on sweeps over the Bismarcks hit Nubai River bridge and strafe targets on Gazelle Peninsula. 39 fighter-bombers hit numerous targets in Bougainville area, including Muguai area, bridge North of Numa Numa, barges at Banin Harbour, and area around Ratsua.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wake while Engebi based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ponape.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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