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19th May 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 493 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Friedrichstrasse section of Berlin, and 49 bomb port facilities at Kiel. 273 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit industrial area at Brunswick. 8 other heavy bombers attack targets and last resort targets in Germany. Enemy resistance is heavy, and 28 heavy bombers and 20 escort fighters are lost. United States bombers and fighters claim 164 aircraft destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. About 290 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb coastal defences, port area, railway battery, and NOBALL targets in France. More than 125 others fail to bomb because of extremely thick haze. About 300 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb targets in France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit railroad bridges in Northeast Italy while light bombers bomb ammunition dump. Fighter-bombers continue support to Allied forces advancing rapidly North and West, blasting road network in battle area, and hitting motor transport, bridges, town areas, and targets, in areas around San Giovanni Valdarno, Pastena, Vallecorsa, Terracina, Fondi, Pistoia and elsewhere.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit command targets, ports, and oil storage in Northeast, Central, and North West Italy. Over 500 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit railroad bridges at Latisana, Tagliamento, Casarsa della Delizia, and Rimini, marshalling yards at Forli, Faenza, and Bologna, oil storage at Porto Marghera, port and marshalling yard at La Spezia, harbour at Leghorn, and harbour and rail installations at Genoa. Fighters fly over 250 sorties in support. These operations are notable for absence of fighters opposition.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's again hit various targets in Arakan area. A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's fly over 60 sorties against villages South of Bishenpur and gun positions at Kanglatongbi. A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 140 attack sorties against various targets in the Mogaung Valley, concentrating on gun positions in Myitkyina area. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage railroad tracks in Myingatha Saye area and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields at Nawnghkio.

Fourteenth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters support ground forces in Salween area at Chiangtso, Watien, and Mamien Pass. 4 P-40 fighters knock out bridge at Shweli, 13 P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Puchi area, and 16 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters damage bridge at Tayeh and hit military installations and other buildings at Yangsin. 11 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb village near Anking, causing large explosions and fires. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on sea sweep seriously damage 2 freighters South of Hong Kong. 16 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) P-40 fighters pound trucks, tanks, and troops in Ichang Tangyang, Loyang area and attack river traffic at Itu on the Yangtze River.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields and shipping in Manokwari Noemfoor Island area. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound beach defences at Bosnik on Biak Island and hit area between Bosnik and Mokmer. 270 A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and B-2B's continue to blast Wewak, knocking out radar and radio stations, and attack targets from Wewak to Hansa Bay area.

Thirteenth Air Force. More than 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters hit Makada Island. 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb gun positions and supply area at Talili Bay. 20 Army Air Force fighters and a few Navy aeroplanes bomb huts and bridges at Monoitu, Porton, Toborei, Moisuru, and Tsimba.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based at Engebi hit Ponape and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit Nauru.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies armed reconnaissance over Shimushu and Ketoi Islands.

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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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