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19th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 747 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers in three forces bomb industrial targets in Kassel area; airfields at Eschwege, Lippstadt, Werl, Paderborn, and Gutersloh and other targets at Limburg, Buren, Kall, and Soest, in morning operations. During afternoon 27 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon site at Watten. 6 heavy bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. After several weeks of instruction a IX Air Force Services Command training exercise (Operation BOOMERANG) in waterproofing and landing motor vehicles gets under way. This exercise, in preparation for a cross channel movement lasts several weeks and involves 55 units, over 650 vehicles, and more than 2,500 men. 350 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb marshalling yards, city areas, and targets at Gunzburg, Ulm, Neu Ulm, Donauworth, and Schelklingen. Fighters fly over 1,200 sorties against a variety of targets in North West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather severely restricts operations. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Cecina railroad bridge and Ancona marshalling yard while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit marshalling yard at Piombino. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit railroad tracks, marshalling yard, junction, and railway cars between Pontedera and Empoli and between Figline Valdarno and San Giovanni Valdarno.

Tenth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit positions and supply dumps near Buthidaung and East of Maungdaw. 40 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Churachandpur, Pyingaing, Tamu, and targets North of Kalewa. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack troops and stores North West of Banmauk. 10 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields near Meiktila. 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack troop positions near Mawlu and bridge at Shweli.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage a bridge at Thanh Moi and score hits on railroad and buildings South of bridge. 4 P-40 fighters attack village of Takaw, causing several fires, and sink a ferryboat in the area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Urarom and Manokwari. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters aircraft strike wide variety of targets around Hollandia, Aitape, Bogia, Uligan, Bunabun, Madang, and Cape Croisilles. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Woleai.

Thirteenth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Satawan airfield, hitting the target area with about 50 tons of high explosives. 38 fighter-bombers hit Matupi supply areas while 7 bomb Rapopo airstrip. Fighters hit Numa Numa area.

Twentieth Air Force. XX Bomber Command is assigned to Twentieth Air Force.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the Gilberts strike Ponape.

M376 Minesweeper
Launched 19 April 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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