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20th January 1944

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United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE). General Spaatz, as Commanding General United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE), formally assumes administrative responsibility for all United States Army Air Force in United Kingdom. His Headquarters is located at Bushy Park, formerly Eighth Air Force Headquarters.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Viterbo marshalling yard and attack bridge at Pontecorvo. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack railroads in Carsoli area. A-20 Havoc light bombers give close support to United States 5th Division in Minturno area. British and United States P-40 fighters follow The British Royal Air Force (RAF) light bombers in raid on Popoli station. A-36 Apache dive bomber pound rail and road crossing at Viterbo, and P-40 fighters hit command at Frosinone, Palestrina, and Carsoli, where a traffic block is created. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters fly nearly 200 sorties in support of United States Fifth Army ground forces as 36th Division begins assault across the Rapido River in Sant' Angelo in Theodice area. P-40 fighters also hit targets along British Eighth Army front.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Guidonia, Centocelle, and Ciampino. P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters carry out sweeps over the targets. Other P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escort transport aeroplanes on mission to Yugoslavia.

Tenth Air Force. In North Burma, 40 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit storage dumps along railway in Mogaung area and billets and warehouse area at Mohnyin. In South Burma, 16 P-38 Lightning fighters and 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out railroad bridge, pipeline, and railroad tracks in Nattalin area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on sweep from Hong Kong to Swatow attack a freighter and a tanker, which are reported sinking.

Fifth Air Force. 37 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb and strafe Hansa Bay area. Over 60 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit positions on Shaggy Ridge. P-39 fighters strafe troops at Weber Point. 25 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit positions between Borgen Bay and Rein Bay and hit barge hideouts and enemy held areas in Gasmata area.

Thirteenth Air Forces. Several targets on Bougainville are bombed by 2 squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 18 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with about 70 escorting fighters, pound airfield, fuel dump, gun positions, at Vunakanau and Rabaul.

Seventh Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa, hit Wotje Atoll during 19-20 January 1944. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama bomb Rakaaru. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sent from Tarawa against shipping at Ailinglapalap Atoll abort because of bad weather. 9 P-40 fighters from Gilbert Islands strafe a corvette and a schooner at Jaluit, mortally damaging both vessels. 4 other P-40 fighters bomb Mille.

Z44 Destroyer
Launched 20 January 1944

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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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