Twelfth Air Force. Colonel Peter S Rask becomes acting Commanding
Officer of XII Troop Carrier Command until its disbandment
on 5 March 1944
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast troop concentrations to
North of Anzio beachhead. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40
fighters keep troops, tanks, and motor transport in beachhead
battle area under attack, flying over 200 sorties in more
than 20 missions as Allied counterattack turns tide of battle.
Fighters maintain control over North part of battle area.
Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
Operations are again limited to reconnaissance flights.
Tenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36
Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a
few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit a variety of targets
in Burma. Targets include fuel and supply dumps at Manywet
and in Shaduzup area, Tonkin, Kansi road and a junction West
of Manywet, Mu River bridge at Ye-u, railroad cars and tracks,
locomotives, and river traffic between Monywa and Natyekan
and between Alon and Segyi. Rail and road traffic in Bhamo
and Hukawng Valley, Kamaing areas is also hit.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,
and P-40 fighters fly sea sweeps over widespread coastal areas
from Formosa Straits to Indochina, claiming 3 ships sunk and
others damaged. Railroad bridges, trains, and other targets
near coastal areas are also attacked.
Fifth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers attack shipping Southwest of New Ireland,
claiming a small freighter and a patrol boat sunk and other
vessels damaged. 7 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit shipping at
Kavieng. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers carry out armed reconnaissance over wide areas
of Bismarck Sea.
Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters and 40 Navy fighters escort about 70 Navy dive
bombers in attack on Lakunai airfield. Fighter cover claims
22 aeroplanes shot down. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb
same target immediately afterward. 14 B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters escort,
hit Tobera airfield.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa and Makin pound Ponape
and Kusaie Island. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa
hit Wotje while Makin based P-40 fighters bomb and strafe
Mille. United States forces land on Eniwetok Island.
Commissioned 19 February 1944
Sunk, 19 February 1944
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