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
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
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