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22nd January 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. Maximum support is given to Allied landings at Anzio, which are begun by United States Fifth Army's VI Corps at 0200. Fighter-bombers, light bombers, and medium bombers direct efforts toward isolating landing area by cutting roads, bridges, and railroads and obstructing towns in the surrounding region, at Velletri, Valmontone, Colleferro, Ceprano, and Fondi, and hitting traffic and command throughout the area. Fighters maintain patrol over shipping and beachhead and successfully intercept several enemy fighter-bomber missions directed against the landings.

Fifteenth Air Force. Unescorted United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Terni and Arezzo marshalling yards, Pontedera marshalling yard and airfield, road and rail junction North West of Frascati, Terracina road defile, and Pontecorvo bridge and town area. P-38 Lightning fighters strafe targets in Arce, Frosinone area, including several vehicles and train cars. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on sweep over Rome area encounter several fighters, and claim 5 shot down; 2 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fail to return.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb encampment at Prome. 16 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack command and supply dumps between Kumnyen and Ngamaw Ga. 12 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces in Sumprabum area. 11 P-40 fighters severely damage Namkwin railroad bridge.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe newly opened Nanchang airfield, killing about 20 troops and destroying an aeroplane and a truck. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters knock out bridges at Shektan and Sheklung.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe villages, bridges, and barges from Cape Gourdon to Cape Croisilles, and hit shipping at Papitalai, sinking small vessel and a barge and severely damaging jetty. A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-40 fighters and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft hit numerous scattered targets on New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with 90 supporting fighters, attack Lakunai airfield, doing considerable damage to runway and revetment areas. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 fighters are shot down. United States aeroplanes claim 18 Japanese downed. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 30 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound town of Rabaul.

Seventh Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying from Tarawa, hit targets on Kwajalein, Jaluit, and Mille. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama hit Maloelap. 9 others, flying out of Tarawa, bomb shipping and shore installations at Wotje. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are lost during the day's missions. 10 aircraft are claimed shot down.

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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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