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21st January 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 390 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 24 V-weapon sites and targets in France, concentrating on Pas de Calais area. Of the nearly 800 heavy bombers dispatched, 401 are forced to abort because of clouds which prevent 12 objectives from being attacked.

Ninth Air Force. 119 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites in France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit railroad bridges North and South of Orvieto. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb checkpoints around Rome and unsuccessfully attack Pontecorvo bridge. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack command at Atina. P-40 fighters hit shipping at Povlje. Other P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber attack strong points, trucks, a command post, Headquarters building, and radar station in battle area. P-40 fighters also give close support to United States Fifth Army troops which are hard pressed at both Garigliano and Rapido River bridgeheads. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb Velletri, concentration at Minturno, and area South of Viterbo.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Istres-Le Tube and Salon-de-Provence, railroad bridges at Porto Civitanova, and bridge and marshalling yard at Rimini. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Ponte-dera and Prato. P-38 Lightning fighters fly escort. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep over wide areas around Rome and Florence.

Tenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters score near misses on Loilaw bridge and strafe Budagon nearby, starting several fires. 16 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces near Sumprabum, and 11 more bomb forces South West of Kamaing.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-39 fighters bomb Madang area, and strafe villages near Saidor and troops from Reiss Point to Erima. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters strafe barges from Cape Raoult to Rein Bay and hit targets along North coast of New Britain. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance blast control tower at Hoskins airfield, and hit ships near Kavieng and at Lorengau. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Waingapoe.

Thirteenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound runway and revetment area at Borpop airfield. P-39 fighters strafe Kara and Kahili. B-34 Lexington bomber and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bomb Kalakapisi, Nukiki, and Buka airfield.

Seventh Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers staging through Tarawa during 20-21 January 1944, bomb targets on Kwajalein. 6 Tarawa based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Arno Atoll and 12 bomb Aur Atoll. 9 B-26 Marauder medium bombers from Abemama hit gun positions, barracks, and runways on Mille. 23 A-24 Banshee dive bomber and 11 P-40 fighters from Gilbert Islands base attack gun positions, ammunition and oil storage, barracks, and 2 small vessels at Jaluit.

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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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