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19th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Rieti airfield. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit airfields at Viterbo. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack marshalling yard at Colleferro. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe 2 schooners at Makarska. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit guns, trucks, and trains North of Rome and fly over 70 sorties against rail, command and troop positions in United States Fifth Army battle area as Garigliano bridgehead expands. P-40 fighters also hit defended positions in battle area and near Scauri, Tremensuoli, and Alvito.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit airfields at Perugia, Iesi, Centocelle, and Ciampino. P-38 Lightning fighters fly close escort for all the missions while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly top cover over Ciampino and Centocelle and carry out sweep over Rome area.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard and Don Maung railroad station at Bangkok. 4 P-40 fighters hit town of Wakshang. 26 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets along roads from Ngamaw Ga to Maingkwan to Mashi Daru.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack barracks area at Mon Cay.

Fifth Air Force. 57 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Boram, 17 more bomb Amboina and Halong, and 2 others score hits on freighter near Aitape. 65 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, pound positions in Shaggy Ridge area. 2 P-39 fighters bomb barges in Cape Raoult area.

Thirteenth Air Force. Attacks during the day are limited to isolated strikes on shipping and other targets by aircraft on armed reconnaissance over Bougainville, New Ireland, and Saint George Channel. During 19-20 January 1944, 11 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, in 2 waves, fly strikes against Rabaul and Vunakanau targets.

Seventh Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Mille. Flying at low altitude, the medium bombers score hits on gun positions, fuel dumps, and the airfield area in general. Antiaircraft fire claims 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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