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18th March 1944

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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 84.

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.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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