Eighth Air Force. 51 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb industry and transportation
targets at Frankfurt Main. 99 heavy bombers attack targets,
including Bingen, Mannheim area, and Mainz area. Bad weather
and malfunction of blind bombing equipment cause nearly 300
heavy bombers to abandon mission.
Ninth Air Force. 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group completes
series of 83 missions begun on 23
during which photos were made of 160 miles
of French coastline and 2 inshore strips, each 120 miles long;
9,500 prints are produced and no aircraft are lost. Over 200
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
bomb 4 NOBALL targets and Creil marshalling yard. 85 P-47
Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb airfields at Abbeville, Poix,
Twelfth Air Force. 310th Bomber Group (M) is transferred from
XII Fighter Command to 57th Bomber Wing, thus consolidating
all B-25 Mitchell medium bombers units of the Twelfth under
1 wing. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike harbour and shipping
at Piombino, Poggibonsi railroad bridge, Port' Ercole, and
area around Orvieto railroad bridge. B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers hit Orvieto marshalling yard and underpass and road
bridge nearby, Terni marshalling yard, and dock at San Stefano
al Mare. Factory at Fontana Liri is accurately bombed by A-20
Havoc light bombers. P-40 fighters hit troop concentrations,
guns, and fuel dump in Cassino, Fontana Liri area while A-36
Apache dive bomber blast railway station at Frosinone and
also drop food for troops in Cassino area. P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters hit fuel dump at Fontana Liri.
Tenth Air Force. In the Arakan area, 12 A-31 Vengeance dive
bomber's hit Japanese positions near Kaladan and Buthidaung
while 6 P-38 Lightning fighters severely damage bridge at
Lamu. 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
hit command and transportation targets in Katha area. 6 B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Moulmein, Martaban area. More
than 100 fighter-bombers strike Mogaung Valley buildings and
supply areas, and fuel dumps at Mogaung, Myitkyina, Sumprabum,
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
carry out photo reconnaissance sorties are flown over Central
China and Northeast Burma.
Fifth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Aitape. Over 20
P-39 fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Japanese Headquarters
and other targets along Bogadjim Road while B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers and P-39 fighters on armed reconnaissance hit
targets at Milhanak, along Gogol River, at Yeschan, Burui
airfield, and at Erima. P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance
hit villages and barges along Bangula Bay coast. At night
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb remnants of supply convoy
off Cape Terabu.
Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighter-bombers hit Ratawul supply area. Later 20 fighters
attack barges in Rabaul area while 3 B-34 Lexington bomber
blast several buildings at nearby Massava Bay. 23 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb airfields at Vunakanau while 24 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers pound Lakunai. 10 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters
bomb Numa Numa and strafe coastal targets. Reconnaissance
patrol of SB-24 Liberator heavy bombers cover Marines moving
onto Emirau Island. Fighter patrol is unnecessary due to unexpected
lack of opposition. After initial landing by Marines other
Allied ground forces move ashore. By afternoon of 21
the occupation of the island is complete. Construction
of a base begins shortly.
Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb radio station
and pier on Emidj. 1 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from
Tarawa bombs Mille, rearms at Majuro, and again bombs Mille
on return trip.
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