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18th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 750 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack aircraft industries, airfields and targets at Germendorf, Annahof, Brandenburg, Rathenow, Luneburg, Perleberg, Wittenberge, Birkenwerder, Cuxhaven, and Barnewitz, and a V-weapon site at Watten. 19 United States heavy bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. XIX A Support Command is redesignated XIX Tactical Air Command and becomes operational. IX A Support Command is redesignated IX Tactical Air Command. 277 B-26 Marauder medium bombers (including 24 dropping Window) and 37 A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb gun positions and marshalling yards at Dunkirk, Calais, and Charleroi, Saint Martin.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers cut several rail lines in Florence and Arezzo areas and strafe trains and motor transport. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Itri and rail bridge and fuel dumps as campaign against command continues.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafe Udine and Aiello airfields and targets of opportunity in Basiliano, Sant' Andrea Island, and Cervignano del Friuli areas and in Golfo di Panzano. Other fighters fly cover for the strafing missions.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb positions South West of Buthidaung while 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Akyab. 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil plant at Yenangyaung while 5, along with 7 P-38 Lightning fighters, hit Ywataung. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers score numerous hits on Mandalay, Shwebo railroad. 42 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack Fort White, Tiddim, and Tamu. 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Kamaing and hit Myitkyina, Bhamo road.

Fifth Air Force. The newly created (11 April 1944) Thirteenth Air Task Force (Provisional), commanded by General Streett and temporarily composed of elements of Thirteenth Air Force (which is being moved to Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA)), a few Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) squadrons, Seventh United States Fleet air units, and Fifth Air Force units in the Admiralties and New Britain, is placed under operational control of Fifth Air Force Advanced Echelon. Operating out of Momote, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Woleai and Mariaon Islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force hit Manokwari and Babo. Madang area is hit by fighter-bombers.

Thirteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Satawan, 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, weathered out of Vunakanau, bomb Tobera airfield. 12 others and 9 fighter-bombers which fail to reach Rapopo bomb airstrip at Keravat. Wunapope is hit by about 40 fighter-bombers, with considerable damage to the supply area.

Seventh Air Force. First Seventh Air Force attack on the Marianas takes place as B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorting Navy photo aeroplanes on reconnaissance mission from Eniwetok bomb Saipan. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers staging through Eniwetok hit Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb Ponape. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wake after failing to find shipping reported in the area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama bomb Jaluit and Maloelap, using Majuro as shuttle base between strikes.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly armed reconnaissance over Matsuwa, Onnekotan, and Paramushiru Islands. Cloud cover and lack of moon permit only bombing of Kashiwabara airfield and Banjo Cape area.

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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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