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20th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 666 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack V-weapon installations and targets in Pas de Calais and Cherbourg areas. 33 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fighter-bombers attack airfields at Cambrai, Epinoy, Vitry-en-Artois, and Laon, Athies. 53 P-38 Lightning fighters dispatched to bomb Saint-Trond airfield jettison bombs in English Channel after overcast prevents location of targets.

Ninth Air Force. Almost 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack gun positions at Etaples, Bazinghen, Villerville, Gravelines, and Fecamp, airfield at Poix, and V-weapon sites and targets in Pas de Calais area. Nearly 140 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb marshalling yards at Creil and Mantes-La-Jolie.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers score hits on marshalling yard and 3 fuel dumps at Leghorn and near misses on Cecina and Certaldo bridges and Arezzo viaduct. Fighter-bombers hit railroad lines and fuel dump in Florence area bridges, dump, rail lines, and train cars near Civitavecchia and Zagarolo, at Sezze, near Ladispoli, South West of Stimigliano and North of Monterotondo and guns South of Albano Laziale. In battle area around Cassino fighter-bombers blast several gun positions and hit bridges, trucks, troops and other targets at several points, including at Falconara, Recanati, San Benedetto de Marsi, and Fondi-Itri and Ortecomer Orvieto areas.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Monfalcone shipyards, Tagliamento, Casarsa della Delizia railroad bridge, marshalling yards at Fano, Vicenza, Ancona, Mestre, Treviso, and Trieste, and harbour and shipping at Venice. 180 other heavy bombers dispatched against command targets in North Italy are forced to abort due to bad weather. About 250 fighters provide cover for the bombing raids.

Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bivouac and supply area North West of Manywet. 24 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound positions at Tiddim.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Noemfoor. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and fighters hit a variety of targets around Hollandia, on Cape Croisilles, in Bunabun area, and along Hansa Bay. Woleai is again bombed by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force.

South Pacific (SOPAC). General Harris, United States Marine Corps (USMC), becomes Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS).

Thirteenth Air Force. With improved weather conditions heavy bombing of targets in the Bismarcks resumes. 22 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Matupi supply area. 40 fighter-bombers blast the airfields at Lakunai and Keravat.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein search area near Wake for shipping. Finding none, the heavy bombers hit Wake and Peale Islands. Tarawa based base between strikes, bomb Maloelap B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, using Majuro as a shuttle and Jaluit.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers aborts a weather mission to Shasukotan Island.

M278 Minesweeper
Commissioned 20 April 1944

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the United States Navy's destroyer USS Lansdale which was sunk.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the transport ship SS Samite which was badly damaged.

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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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