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21st March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 56 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon launching installation at Watten. 41 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers in a fighters sweep over South France claim 21 aircraft destroyed. About 650 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Berlin area, including aircraft factories at Basdorf and Oranienburg. Of 12 bombers lost, 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers is destroyed by a bomb dropped by a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers from a squadron flying at a higher altitude.

Ninth Air Force. All United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers dispatched to bomb NOBALL targets in France are recalled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers make unsuccessful attempt to bomb Poggibonsi bridge. Weather cancels other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions and all A-20 Havoc light bombers operations. B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Arezzo and Bucine viaducts and Poggibonsi and Cecina railroad bridges. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit railroad bridges North of Rome while P-40 fighters bomb targets in Anzio area. A-36 Apache dive bomber drop food in Cassino area.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather limits operations to photo and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Japanese positions near Arakan and in the Chin Hills. 25 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers destroy 1 bridge and damage another near Meza, pound buildings and targets in Mawlu area and hit a locomotive and several trucks in Banmauk, Indaw area. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Monywa oil dumps, causing several large fires. 80 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town of Manywet, storage area at Myitkyina, buildings at Kamaing and Myitkyina, and warehouses, bypass, and bridge at Hopin.

Fifth Air Force. 140 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters attack numerous targets in Wewak Tadji, Hansa Bay, Schouten Islands areas. P-39 fighters and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter-bombers blast Japanese positions in Madang area. P-40 fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers on armed reconnaissance attack targets on New Britain and on Garove Island to the North.

Thirteenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers and 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Lakunai airfield area. 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vunakanau airfield. Fighters carry out barge sweeps in Rabaul area. 14 P-39 fighters hit Numa Numa. Small strikes are flown against Monoitu and a bridge at Meive, and fighter-bombers support ground forces and bomb bivouac along Empress Augusta Bay.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa hit Mille, Maloelap and Ponape. Tarawa based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also pound 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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