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21st April 1944

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Events On This Day

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 Tinputs Harbour.

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.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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