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22nd February 1944

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United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF). Headquarters Eighth Air Force is redesignated as Headquarters, United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF).

Eighth Air Force. Headquarters VIII Bomber Command is redesignated as Headquarters, Eighth Air Force. 101 heavy bombers hit aircraft production centres at Bernburg, Halberstadt, and Aschersleben in conjunction with Fifteenth Air Force strike at Regensburg; 35 aircraft are lost to fierce fighters opposition. 154 heavy bombers attack various targets Wernigerode, Marburg, Lahn, Magdeburg, Bunde, Nijmegen, Arnhem, and Enschede and fly diversionary attack against airfield at Aalborg, which cannot be bombed because of clouds, 6 aircraft are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 66 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Gilze-Rijen airfield. Bad weather causes more than 100 others to abort.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Foligno marshalling yard and Montalto di Castro railroad bridge, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Albinia Station railroad bridge. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit area East of Campoleone. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strike troops, gun positions, and road junction North of Carroceto, roads near Roccasecca, and town of Campoleone. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit guns North West of Carroceto and town of Formia. P-40 fighters attack guns Southeast of Campoleone.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Petershausen marshalling yard, Regensburg aircraft factory, and Zagreb. A large force of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hits Regensburg aircraft plants about the same time as the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound town of Sibenik and harbour at Zara. Heavy bombers claim 40 fighters destroyed. 13 heavy bombers are lost.

Tenth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters again hit variety of targets in Burma. Bridges are severely damaged or put out of use at Zawa, Tindeinyan, Ye-u, Namkwin, and Loilaw. Warehouses and supply dumps are hit at Segyi and at Chantha, and at Pahok road and railroad junction are blasted. Also hit are targets at Kawlum and along Walawbum, Kamaing road.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe airfields at Kengtung and nearby truck convoy. At Bhamo a large river craft is hit and left sinking.

Fifth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters attack Madang area. More than 60 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Iboki Plantation in support of United States Marines advancing on the area from Natamo, and who capture Perry Island.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 40 Navy fighters cover 70 Navy dive bombers attacking Keravia Bay shipping. 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, bomb Lakunai and Keravat airfields.

Seventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Kusaie. 8 A-24 Banshee dive bomber and 9 P-40 fighters from Makin bomb Mille. 1 P-40 launches rockets against airfield targets in first such attack by a Seventh Air Force aircraft.

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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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