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19th February 1944

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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.

Z36 Destroyer
Commissioned 19 February 1944

R31 R-boat
Sunk, 19 February 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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