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22nd May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Occupancy of all planned Eighth Air Force stations in Britain is completed with transfer of airfield at North Pickenham from The British Royal Air Force (RAF) to the Eighth. Total stations number 77, including 66 airfields, occupied by 82 operational or Headquarters units. 269 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipyards at Kiel and 23 others release bombs prematurely in Kiel area. 94 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack V-weapon site at Siracourt.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb airfields and other targets in Cherbourg, Calais, and Paris areas while a like number of P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb marshalling yards, airfields and other targets in same general areas.

Twelfth Air Force. 332d Fighter Group is assigned to Fifteenth Air Force. This move, following a series of reassignments of fighters groups to Fifteenth Air Force and to India, leaves XII Fighter Command with only 1 fighters group. Medium bombers are inactive or abortive except for a raid on Cave. Fighter-bombers maintain close support of the ground advance, hitting at motor transport, roads, and bridges in battle areas and nearby points in Central Italy, including Terracina, Ceccano, Sezze, Bastia, points between Rome and Bracciano Lake, and near Balsorano.

Fifteenth Air Force. As weather again clears, 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers concentrate on command and military targets in Central and North West Italy, attacking P-49 Pescina, troop concentrations at Avezzano, port and oil depot at La Spezia, supply and ammunition dumps at Marina di Carrara, port and harbour installations at Piombino, railroad and highway bridges in Pineto area, railroad from Ancona to Pescara and North of Pescara, and towns of Valmontone and Palestrina. Fighters fly over 200 sorties in escort to heavy bombers. There is no fighters opposition.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack large concentration of sampans in Honghai Bay. 2 others heavily damage a 150 ft cargo vessel near Hong Kong. 22 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound town of Anking and military area Northeast of Nanchang. 24 P-40 fighters hit Sienning area, bombing factory West of town, damaging bridge near town, and strafing numerous trucks in the vicinity. 23 P-40 fighters hit road and river traffic in areas around Loyang, Loning, and Itu. 5 P-40 fighters bomb Yangsin.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Manokwari, shipping East of Cape Manggoear, and storage areas and Sorido village on Biak Island. P-40 fighters hit supply and fuel dumps, trucks, and other targets in area of Wakde Islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers continue to bomb and strafe various targets in Wewak Hansa Bay area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters hit targets in coastal area near Talili Bay. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Mioko Island. 40 P-39 fighters bomb Bonis supply area and blast 4 small bridges near Kieta.

Seventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based on Engebi bomb Ponape. Weather cancels other strikes.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 Attu based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a shipping strike near Paramushiru bomb and strafe a picket boat, which is left sinking.

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