Eighth Air Force. 679 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers bomb aircraft plants and airfields at Oberpfaffenhofen,
Friedrichshafen, Lechfeld, Munich, Landsberg, and Memmingen.
Enemy fighters attack in force and antiaircraft fire is heavy.
43 United States bombers and 13 escorting fighters are lost.
Total United States claims for enemy aircraft destroyed are
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and
A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Foligno marshalling yard, Orvieto
marshalling yard and railroad bridge, Poggibonsi railroad
bridge, Piombino dock area, Colleferro railroad tracks, and
assembly area North of Anzio. P-40 fighters, A-36 Apache dive
bomber, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack gun positions
in Anzio beachhead area, factory at Carroceto, motor transport
concentrations in Cassino area, fuel dump, tank repair depot,
and bivouac in beachhead area, motor transport around Ladispoli,
railroad bridge North of Rome, and railroad tracks and cars
at other points.
Fifteenth Air Force. More than 350 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Villaorba, Udine,
Gorizia, Lavariano, and Maniago. 126 P-38 Lightning fighters
and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters carry out sweeps in Udine-Maniago
area, and strafe aircraft at Udine airfield tanker South of
Marano Lagoon and a hangar, 2 trains, 2 radar stations, and
seaplane anchorage destroying 6 seaplanes at Belvedere. Heavy
bombers and escorts claim 48 enemy fighters destroyed. 9 United
States aircraft are downed.
Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's hit Japanese positions West of Buthidaung
in Arakan area. In the Chin Hills, 22 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers attack villages and oil storage areas near Kalewa
while 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 41 A-31 Vengeance
dive bomber's pound same general area hitting Japanese positions
and causing many fires. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers support ground forces near Chindwin.
14 others hit truck park and supply area near Mandalay. 20
fighter-bombers (P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-40 fighters,
and A-36 Apache dive bomber) bomb Kamaing area while 10 more
damage several riverboats near Katha.
Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters on Yangtze River sweep sink 1 large sailboat
and strafe a transport ship at Chiuchiang. 2 P-40 fighters
damage bridge North of Haiphong and attack targets in the
area, while 2 others sink 2 large junks at Thuong Mo. 12 P-40
fighters on armed reconnaissance from Nanning sink barge and
damage other craft at Quang Yen, sink a transport vessel at
Campha Port and damage a nearby bridge, attack a train and
several buildings in Lang Son area, and damage a railroad
bridge between Lang Son and Phu Lang Thuong.
Fifth Air Force More than 100 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers continue to pound Wewak
area, hitting antiaircraft positions and nearby Brandi Plantation.
Japanese supply convoy reaches Wewak but escapes bombardment.
Thirteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters pound fuel stores on Keravia Bay. 13 P-38 Lightning
fighters follow with strike on ammunition dump at nearby Cape
Tawui. 12 P-39 fighters later hit Keravia Bay area. Still
later, 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 13 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers blast town of Rabaul and foothills nearby.
18 P-39 fighters, along with several naval fighter-bombers,
hit shipping at mouths of Jaba and Tavena Rivers.
Seventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb and strafe Ponape.
13 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama bomb Jaluit while
5 from Tawara hit the Atoll with bombs and cannon fire. 1
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa bombs Mille and photographs
Mille and Majuro Atolls.
Launch 18 March 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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