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
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
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.
Sunk 22 January 1944
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