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1st April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 438 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb chemical industry at Ludwigshafen (largest in Europe). All 192 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of the lead force abandon mission over French coast due to heavy clouds. The 246 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in second force became widely dispersed; 162 bomb targets (Pforzheim and Grafenhausen) 26 bomb Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Strasbourg, France, mistaking them for German towns.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Leghorn harbour, bridges at Orvieto, and railway track South of Poggibonsi. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Arno River railroad bridges at Signa, Riva Trigoso, and Valdarno, while A-20 Havoc light bombers hit ammunition dumps. P-40 fighters hit targets in vicinity of Gaeta, Formia tunnel, several fuel dumps, bridges, and guns in battle areas. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Poggibonsi bridge and strafe train. Fighters patrol Anzio battle area without incident.

Tenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit troop positions South West of Buthidaung. 40 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound Homalin, Thaungdut, Paungbyin areas. In vicinity of Mandalay 14 P-38 Lightning fighters hit freight train and damage a factory. Near Rangoon 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit a railroad station and bomb Akyab while 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage railroad bridge near Nattalin.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Tadji and Hansa Bay areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Boela. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Penfoei.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply areas at Wunapope and Ratawul. 28 P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters hit Toboi wharf area at Simpson Harbour. 3 P-40 fighters follow with strike on oil and coal storage in same general area. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb mission at Monoitu. Fighters maintain sweeps over Rabaul and New Ireland throughout the day and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers harass Rabaul during 1-2 April 1944. 12 P-40 fighters hit Numa Numa supply dumps.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama strike Ponape; B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Makin and Kwajalein hit Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb Maloelap and Jaluit.

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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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