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20th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 1,000 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb Luftwaffe fighters aircraft production centres. Nearly 900 heavy bombers attack assigned targets or targets. This mission, the first in which the Eighth dispatches over 1,000 planes, begins 'Big Week' attacks on Luftwaffe aircraft plants and airfields.

Ninth Air Force. 35 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Haamstede airfield as a target, after about 100 medium bombers abort attacks on other airfields because of weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit troop concentrations along roads in Vallalta area, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit dumps and assembly areas at North edge of Anzio beachhead, and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb troop and motor transport concentration Southeast of Carroceto. A-26 Invader light bombers and P-40 fighters hit troops, trucks, and tanks Northeast of Carroceto, bomb town of Fondi, factory East of Carroceto, town of Piedimonte, and hit guns and targets along North line of beachhead. Axis attempt to achieve breakthrough is decisively defeated in centre of salient created by counteroffensive and efforts end.

Fifteenth Air Force United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast troop concentrations in Anzio beachhead area as Axis efforts end.

Tenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to routine patrol over Sumprabum.

Fifth Air Force. Headquarters Fifth Air Force Advanced Echelon and Headquarters V Bomber Command move from Nadzab to Port Moresby. 38 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Alexishafen-Hansa Bay area. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Laha and 12 others hit shipping off Kavieng.

Thirteenth Air Force. 35 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, pound Lakunai airfield. P-39 fighters attack barge traffic, which has greatly increased off Southeast and North West Bougainville, claiming 20 of the craft sunk.

Seventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb airfields at Wotje. P-40 fighters from Makin strafe and bomb runways and small vessels at Mille.

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