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18th February 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Headquarters issues orders to establish a photo reconnaissance wing (8th Reconnaissance Wing (Provisional)) in Cheddington. The purpose is to make the Eighth independent in aerial reconnaissance and to consolidate the efforts of units presently engaged in this and related activities. Colonel Elliott Roosevelt, Director of Reconnaissance for Ninth Air Force, is named Commanding Officer.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troop concentration near Piedimonte. XII A Support Command P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber fly 17 missions in support of United States is Fifth Army troops resisting counteroffensive, which reaches its deepest penetration into Anzio beachhead on this day. Objectives include tanks, vehicles, gun positions, troop concentrations, and railroad underpass along the Anzio, Albano Laziale axis. Fighters over Anzio successfully intercept air strikes on beachhead. New Zealand troops capture Cassino Station.

Fifteenth Air Force. Operations are restricted to photo and weather reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack town of Ye-u and nearby bridge, bivouacs North of Laban, bridges in Pyingaing area and along Mu River, supply and troop concentrations at Waingmaw, radio station and supply area near Kamaing, and gun emplacements Southeast of Taihpa Ga. The strikes are generally successful.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweep of Gulf of Tonkin damage 2 large boats North of Bakli Bay, destroy ammunition dump at Phu Ly, and knock out nearby railroad bridge.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beaufighters hit Koepang. P-39 fighters strafe targets at Madang and Cape Raoult.

Thirteenth Air Force. 34 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, both forces with fighters escorts, pound Vunakanau airfield. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Tobera airfield.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Makin bomb and strafe Jaluit and Mille. United States forces land at Engebi.

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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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