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21st May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 99 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon site at Siracourt while 25 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strike similar installation at Marquise, Mimoyecques.

Ninth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields at Abbeville, Drucat. Over 600 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack railroad rolling stock in France.

Twelfth Air Force. In North Central Italy, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers are restricted by bad weather but bomb a few bridges and roads, while light bombers hit a bivouac area. Fighter-bombers continue support of ground forces, hitting troops, vehicles, roads, and railroads in or near battle areas, particularly around Sezze, Ceccano, San Giovanni Valdarno, and Pontecorvo.

Tenth Air Force. A few United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's continue attacks against gun positions in Arakan area. 120 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Mogaung, Myitkyina, Talawgyi Hokat area, and Kamaing. Gun positions around Myitkyina and Mogaung are also hit. 21 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit troop concentrations at Homalin and score hits on Manipur bridge. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs North West part of Mandalay.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters attack airfields, town areas, barges, personnel and supply areas, and fuel dumps at Manokwari, Urarom, along Moemi River, and on Noemfoor and Biak Islands. Fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue almost constant pounding of supply dumps, camps, antiaircraft positions and a variety of targets along coast from Wewak to Hansa Bay. Thirteenth Air Task Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

Thirteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 30 P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters, and over 40 Navy dive bombers hit Vunakanau airfield and nearby plantation. 8 P-38 Lightning fighters, followed shortly by Navy aircraft, bomb Lakunai airfield. More than 40 P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters fly sweeps over Bougainville. Bridges at Rigu Mission and Shishigatero are reported demolished.

Seventh Air Force. 53 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb various targets in Wotje Atoll. 41 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based on Makin, follow up with bombing, cannonading, and strafing attack on the atoll. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers stage through Eniwetok, strike Rota, and rearm at Los Negros.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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