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21st February 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 764 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb aircraft industry at Brunswick and airfield and storage park at Diepholz. Targets hit in West Germany because of thick overcast over primary targets are Hannover, marshalling yard at Lingen, and airfields at Achmer, Bramsche, Hopsten, Rheine, Quakenbruck, Vorden, Ahlhorn, and Hesepe. Only 3 aeroplanes are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Coxyde airfield. Weather causes almost 190 aborts. The Ninth's Pathfinder Squadron provisionally activated on 13 February 1944 takes part in this operation, its first venture into combat. 185 aircraft scheduled to attack other airfields in the Netherlands and France in afternoon are recalled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Orte marshalling yard, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Imperia docks. A-20 Havoc light bombers pound troop concentrations near Campoleone, along with P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber which also hit a fuel dump, tank and truck concentrations, and gun positions in the area. Fighter-bombers also bomb and block Itri, Gaeta road.

Tenth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and A-36 Apache dive bomber and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit command post at Shingban, town of Mohnyin, bridge at Loilaw, camp at Shaduzup, 2 bridges at Namkwin, and warehouses and other buildings at Kawlin and Wuntho. Fighter-bombers attacking fuel dump at Pin Hmi drop bombs in wrong area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by Spitfires and Hurricanes, score effective hits on tunnel on Maungdaw, Buthidaung road.

Fifth Air Force. Approximately 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Madang and Hansa Bay area. P-39 fighters hit Raiven Plantation. 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rein Bay and Eleonora Bay areas; others attack shipping off New Hanover.

Thirteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lakunai airfield, 4 others, with fighters support, attack airfields at Rapopo. 20 P-38 Lightning fighters join Navy fighters in covering Navy dive bomber strikes on Lakunai gun positions. In Bougainville area 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kara airfield while P-39 fighters hit buildings at Tsundawan and in area South of Tabut, and bomb barges and jetty in Matchin Bay area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa and Abemama hit Ponape, Kusaie, and Jaluit. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama bomb Maloelap. P-40 fighters from Makin hit Mille. United States forces gain complete control of Eniwetok Islands.

R131 R-boat
Sunk 21 February 1944

R222 R-boat
Sunk 21 February 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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