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19th March 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 172 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack V-weapon installations at Wizernes, Watten, and Marquise. 24 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers dive-bomb Gilze-Rijen airfields. 11 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly top cover while 39 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly uneventful supporting sweep over South Netherlands.

Ninth Air Force. 152 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 65 A-20 Havoc light bombers attack NOBALL targets in Saint Omer area during morning and afternoon missions. 16 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb airfields between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Le Touquet. The morning raids precede Eighth Air Force attack with heavy bombers on V-weapon sites.

Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF). Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) issues directive for Operation STRANGLE, to interdict supply movements in Italy by destroying marshalling yards and attacking rail lines and ports in a concentrated campaign.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack road bridge West of Arezzo and port installations at San Stefano al Mare. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridge approach in South Orvieto, marshalling yard's at Avezzano and Orte, and bridge at Orte. Tank repair shops near Tivoli are bombed by A-20 Havoc light bombers. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters strike at enemy concentrations, dumps, and guns in United States Fifth Army main battle area and in area North of Anzio beachhead.

Fifteenth Air Force. 460th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) is declared operational making total of 14 heavy bomber groups operational in Fifteenth Air Force. 234 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by 100 fighters, bomb airfields and town of Klagenfurt. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (over 150) hit Graz factory complex marshalling yards at Metkovic and Knin. Enemy (fighters provide fierce opposition and along with antiaircraft fire, shoot down 17 heavy bombers and 1 fighters. United States aircraft claim 30 enemy fighters destroyed in combat.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Wuntho. More than 20 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack villages and Japanese positions in the Chin Hills and near Chindwin. 70 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Mogaung Valley bomb supply dumps, enemy positions, and targets throughout the area, concentrating attacks in and near Kamaing, Mogaung, and Sumprabum. 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit barracks and supply area at Meiktila airfield near Mandalay while 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Indaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 9 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 3 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers on Yangtze River sweep damage several river vessels, hit fort at Chihchow, and bomb airfields at Nanchang.

Fifth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound Wewak area, hitting especially hard the Cape Moem and Cape Boram areas. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, bomb Hansa Bay, Nubia, Madang, and Alexishafen area and hit targets along Bogadjim Road. P-40 fighters attack bivouac area and antiaircraft on Garove Island. 130 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters virtually destroy supply convoy proceeding from Wewak toward Hollandia, sinking at least 5 vessels.

Thirteenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers over Rabaul area pound ammunition dump and other targets around Cape Tawui. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Wunapope area, concentrating on workers' quarters. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airstrip at Panapai, causing considerable damage to runways.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Wake from Kwajalein. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama and Tarawa hit Maloelap, Jaluit, and Mille. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa bombs Mille and photographs Mille and Majuro Atolls.

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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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