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22nd April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 631 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard at Hamm. 18 others bomb secondary targets in Hamm while 125 attack targets at Koblenz, Bonn, and Soest. 15 heavy bombers are lost, mostly to antiaircraft fire. 13 escorting fighters are lost. United States heavy bombers claim 20 aeroplanes destroyed and fighters claim 34 destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. Over 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and about 90 A-20 Havoc light bombers fly two missions against V-weapon sites in area of Saint Omer and Hesdin. Nearly 275 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb marshalling yards in Belgium.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridge and tracks South of Ficulle and bridge North of the town. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack San Stefano al Mare harbour, North section of Orvieto, Chiusi railroad bridge, viaducts South and West of Arezzo and Bucine, Certaldo railroad bridge, bridge approaches at Incisa in Valdarno, bridge near Siena and viaduct at Poggibonsi. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Valmontone ammunition dump and Sonnino. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit railroad, trains, and tunnels in Florence area and West of Chiusi, marshalling yard at Siena, vessel South of Savona, railroad lines South of Orte, and town of Gaeta. P-40 fighters attack gun positions North of Anzio beachhead and bomb Ferentino dump area and towns of Fondi, Terracina, and Formia.

Tenth Air Force. More than 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Bishenpur and Kohima. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Kamaing while 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack ammunition and other supplies at Hopin. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit village Northeast of Bhamo while 7 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack Gokteik Viaduct.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 4 freighters and a gunboat sunk near Cap-Saint-Jacques. 1 other knocks out bridge South West of Vinh. P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance over North Burma destroy 10 boxcars and a truck North of Lashio.

Fifth Air Force. More than 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airstrips on Noemfoor. 80 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Boram and But airfields and other targets in Wewak area more than 100 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound targets along Hansa Bay; and all through the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers, in flights of 1 to more than 20 aircraft, attack areas around Hansa Bay, Wewak, Bogia, Madang, and many other points along North and East coast of New Guinea. Many of the strikes indirectly support Allied amphibious landings on North coast to the East and West of Hollandia, toward which a pincer movement is begun.

Thirteenth Air Force. About 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply areas at Ratawul and Talili Bay, pound Keravat, and hit area between Rapopo and Cape Gazelle. 40 fighter-bombers attack runway and gun positions at Rapopo while 9 strike Lakunai airfield. During 22-23 April 1944, 17 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Dublon, Param, and Eten Islands.

Seventh Air Force. During 21-22 April 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wotje. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein follow with another raid on Wotje during the day. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa, using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming, bomb Jaluit, Maloelap, and Mille.

Eleventh Air Force. A weather sortie is aborted soon after take off due to weather.

M388 Minesweeper
Launched 22 April 1944

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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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