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18th May 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers continue to hit rail bridges, bombing farther into the North of Italy and thus putting more pressure on the strained German command system. Light bombers hit storage areas. Fighter-bombers continue close support to Allied ground forces, hitting town areas, roads, enemy positions, railroads, and numerous other targets in battle area, including points in or around Pico, Pontecorvo, Fondi, Terracina, Ceccano, Pastena, San Giovanni Valdarno, Perugia, Terni, Spoleto, Sant' Elpidio a Mare, Pedaso, and North of Rome, as British Eighth Army completes reduction of Gustav Line in Liri River Valley with capture of Cassino, while United States Fifth Army takes Formia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, most with fighters escort, attack marshalling yards at Belgrade and Nish and oil refineries at Ploesti. Over 300 other heavy bombers abandon missions because of bad weather. Fighters strafe Nish and Scutari airfields.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Daletme while 36 hit targets South West of Homalin, South of Bishenpur, and at Moirang. 140 fighter-bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound numerous targets throughout Mogaung Valley, concentrating on bridges (at least 4 are knocked out) and support of ground forces in areas around Myitkyina, Nanyaseik, Kamaing, Namkwin, Kazu, Lonkin, and Katkyo. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out Mu River bridge and damage Chaungu bridge approaches. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters destroy several aeroplanes at Shwebo.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters pound barracks and warehouse areas at Chienyangi, causing many fires. 30 P-40 fighters support ground forces in Salween area, hitting troops and positions at Tengchung, Tatangtzu, Mamien Pass, and Luchiangpa. 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb towns of Lungling and Tengchung. 25 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) and Chinese Air Force (CAF) P-40 fighters attack trucks, armour, and troops at Chueh-shan and Loning, causing widespread destruction.

Fifth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound targets in Wewak Hansa Bay area throughout the day. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit targets on Halmahera Island and bomb Bosnik. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Larot and Saumlakki.

Thirteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters hit barges off Porton. 40 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-39 fighters pound supply area North of Muguai.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based at Makin bomb Taroa, rearm at Majuro, and attack same target during return flight to base.

Eleventh Air Force. Over the Kurils, a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on weather reconnaissance hits a Japanese aircraft and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink an auxiliary vessel. Another is sunk shortly before midnight by 2 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers .

R210 R-boat
Is severely damaged after being in a collision with Mal 5.

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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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