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1st March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, VIII Air Force Services Command is redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Air Service Command, United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF), after functioning as such during January and February while redesignation was being authorised. 8th Strategic Air Depot Area is redesignated VIII Air Force Services Command.

Ninth Air Force. IX Troop Carrier Command establishes Pathfinder school to provide Preinvasion training in all navigational aids.

Twelfth Air Force. Twelfth Air Force undergoes a reorganisation as a result of 1099 of several operational units 14 February 1944. XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional), consisting of a single wing, is disbanded and its personnel absorbed into 61st Troop Carrier Wing and other units, the 51st Wing being placed under the administrative control of Twelfth Air Force. Headquarters XII Bomber Command is reduced to 1 officer and 1 enlisted man as other personnel are transferred to 57th Bomber Wing, which along with 42d Bomber Wing, is placed under the administrative control of Twelfth Air Force. Headquarters XII Bomber Command will exist as a retaining cadre until 10 June 1944 when it is officially disbanded. P-40 fighters attack gun positions and vehicles in United States Fifth Army battle area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack 2000 ton vessel in the Adriatic. P-40 fighters and Spitfires of XII A Support Command maintain cover over Anzio beachhead area.

Fifteenth Air Force. For the 6th consecutive day, bad weather forbids all operations except reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 8 P-40 fighters score 3 hits on bridge at Namkwin. 4 others hit Myitkyina airfield dispersal area. 56 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack stores and personnel areas at Sawnghka.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 P-40 fighters pound military zone in Northeast part of Nanchang.

Fifth Air Force. Approximately 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Los Negros Island and Lorengau. Other heavy bombers and medium bombers drop supplies to Allied ground forces on Los Negros Island. More than 100 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters aircraft, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, pound Hansa Bay, Awar Point, airfield in Wewak area, and enemy installations and positions at Madang, Alexishafen, and Saiba.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili. P-38 Lightning fighters hit Ballale and Buka. P-39 fighters bomb and strafe Monoitu Mission.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber and P-40 fighters from Makin hit Jaluit and Mille while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Maloelap.

Eleventh Air Force. XI Strategic Air Force is activated at Shemya. It includes all units of XI Bomber Command and XI Fighter Command stationed at Near Islands, and is only a tactical operating agency without administrative functions.

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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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