Eighth Air Force. Eighth Air Force offensive against German
oil targets is scheduled to start on this date, but mission
is cancelled because of bad weather.
Ninth Air Force. 236 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 34 A-20 Havoc light bombers
attack gun positions, coastal defences and V-weapons
sites at Etaples, at Berck-sur-Mer, near Doullens, and in
Saint Omer, Abbeville, and Amiens area. 4 B-26 Marauder medium
bombers are lost. More than 175 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
dive-bomb marshalling yards and concentrations at Montignies-sur-Sambre,
Hasselt, Namur, and Haine-Saint-Pierre.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers blast ammunition dump while P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters attack train, rail lines, and motor transport behind
enemy lines. Other P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, along with P-40
fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber, attack railway lines
and trains between Rome and Terni, between Rome and Tivoli,
and between Orte and Attigliano hit motor transport concentration
Northeast of Rome and attack several bivouac areas and gun
positions in battle areas.
Fifteenth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bucharest marshalling
yard and Turnu-Severin. All 17 bomb groups dispatched are
recalled due to bad weather but 7 groups fail to receive recall
signal. Over 150 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers are dispatched as escort. 40 rendezvous with
the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and battle some 30 fighters
that attack the heavy bomber force. The other fighters, failing
to meet the heavy bombers, engage about 40 fighters. Heavy
bombers and fighters claim 35 aerial combat victories. 10
United States aircraft are shot down.
Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's hit villages and Japanese positions
near Buthidaung. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 14 P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers pound Indaw and Mawlu, causing several
fires in supply dumps and in the general target areas. 48
A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack Tiddim Road and bridge
at Manipur. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb camp and
supply area at Kamaing. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb
storage and fuel dumps at Lashio and bomb Namtu. 13 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb Maymyo while 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
knock out 3 bridges in Tangon area. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
knock out bridge at Shweli.
Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters fly armed reconnaissance over roads in Burma,
strafing bridges, buildings, steamrollers, trucks, and troops
in areas around Takaw, Bhamo, Loiwing, Kutkai, Hsenwi, and
Lashio. At least 3 steamrollers and 7 trucks are destroyed.
Fifth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb airstrips on Noemfoor. About
320 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,
and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit numerous targets in Tadji,
Wewak, and Madang area, while a Navy carrier force hits Hollandia,
Wakde, and Sawar as assault convoys approach the area.
Thirteenth Air Force. 307th Bomber Group (H) is ordered to
move from New Georgia and Guadalcanal to the Admiralty Islands,
where it will become part of Thirteenth Air Task Force, serving
operationally under Fifth Air Force. In spite of heavy weather
in the Bismarcks, 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Matupi
supply area. 11 P-39 fighters, closed out of Rabaul, bomb
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein hit Wotje. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers from Eniwetok, staging through Kwajalein, bomb
Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape.
Abemama based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, using Majuro as
a shuttle base, bomb Jaluit and Maloelap.
Launched 21 April 1944
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