Eighth Air Force. More than 500 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched on an early morning mission
to attack 23 V-weapon
sites in Pas de Calais area. Bad weather causes many aborts.
129 of these heavy bombers manage to attack V-weapon
sites at Marquise, Mimoyecques, Watten, and Bois de l'Enfer
and airfields at Paix, Montdidier, and Roye, Amy. In afternoon
raid 328 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Troyes, Reims, Sarreguemines,
Metz, Liege, and Brussels.
Ninth Air Force. The last of the 11 bomb groups (8 medium
and 3 light) of IX Bomber Command becomes operational. 450
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
attack numerous marshalling yards and industrial targets in
France and Belgium.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers attack bridges at Albinia Station, North West of Chiusi,
in and near Grosseto, near Monte Molino, Calafuria, and at
Pontedera. Also attacked are viaduct at Monte Catellana and
marshalling yards at Florence, Campo di Marte and Florence,
with particularly good results at Florence. Light bombers
hit ammunition dump at Fara in Sabina. P-40 fighters and P-47
Thunderbolt fighters hit rail tracks in Rome area, Priverno
station, guns North of Anzio, dumps at Frascati, stations
at Colleferro and Frosinone, tracks at Orbetello and Orvieto,
bridge and tunnel North of Todi, road in Canino, dump and
factory at Stimigliano, vessels East of Piombino, factory
East of Cecina, bridge approaches at Grosseto and Arezzo,
dump at Grosseto, and tunnel at Rignano sull Arno.
Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38
Lightning fighters and A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit troop
positions and supply dumps. 7 P-40 fighters over Mogaung Valley
hit Kamaing and attack positions North of Nanyaseik. 30 B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Maymyo, Mandalay marshalling
yard, and oil facilities at Yenangyaung.
Fourteenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters hit targets over wide areas of South China,
Burma and Indochina. The fighter-bombers knock out bridge
at Wan Lai-Kam, pound motor pool at Wan Pa-Hsa, and strafe
railroad station and airfield at Yuncheng, damage 3 bridges
and hit numerous boxcars at Bac Le, Dinh Ca, and Dong Mo,
and bomb carbide mines at Loc Binh. Dong Dang and Na Cham
railroad yards are also strafed. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
and 8 P-40 fighters bomb Tangyang airfield and nearby cavalry
post. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Amoy claim a small
freighter sunk. 15 enemy aeroplanes bomb airstrips at Ankang
Fifth Air Force. 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters pound Wewak and
Hansa Bay areas throughout the day. Numerous coastline targets
are hit, including airfields, vehicles, command, villages,
antiaircraft positions, bivouacs, supplies, barges, and offshore
islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task
Force hit Woleai and Eauriprik Islands.
Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Borpop area attack coastal
guns. 40 fighter-bombers and more than 30 Navy dive bombers
pound Vunakambi Plantation. 38 P-39 fighters, flying 18 different
missions, hit a variety of targets on South West Bougainville,
including missions at Tinputs, Koromira, and Tsimba, Hongorai
River crossing, Numa Numa bridge, and huts at Aravia and Kunapaupau.
Twentieth Air Force. By this date all 4 very heavy bomber
fields in Chengtu area are open to B-29 Superfortress heavy
Seventh Air Force. Shore based Air Force Forward Area (TF
59) is activated to control all Army, Navy, and Marine shore
based aircraft in the Central Pacific forward area. The command
is headed by General Hale, former Commanding General of the
Seventh. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin bomb Jaluit.
Eleventh Air Force. A single weather sortie is flown.
Takes command of the battleship Tirpitz
on 1 May 1944 to 4
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