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23rd April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 346 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly missions against airfields and other targets in North France, Belgium, and North West Germany. Results are generally good. 7 aeroplanes are lost, all to flak.

Ninth Air Force. 307 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 57 A-20 Havoc light bombers attack NOBALL targets, gun positions, and marshalling yards in Pas de Calais area and in adjacent area of Belgium. Around 1,000 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb numerous targets throughout France and the Low Countries.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges and approaches at Attigliano. B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Incisa in Valdarno viaduct and bridge, Cecina marshalling yard, and attack, but fail to hit, Poggibonsi viaduct. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and P-40 fighters hit rail lines and bridges Northeast of Rome and along East coast in several areas including points around Orvieto, Orte, Tivoli, and Capronica.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather clears and heavy bombers can resume operations. Over 500 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack aircraft factories and airfields at Wiener Neustadt, Schwechat, and Bad Voslau. Close to 300 fighters provide support. Many enemy fighters attack fiercely, downing 12 heavy bombers and 1 fighters. The heavy bombers and escorts claim over 40 air victories.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 51 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack Thetkegyin, Manipur bridge, Tiddim road, and Japanese positions at Indaw. 18 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit positions near Buthidaung. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kangaung airfield near Meiktila. 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb railroads and jetties at Moulmein and Martaban.

Fourteenth Air Force.

14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters pound artillery post at Sienning and cavalry forces at Kuan Fou Chiao. 2 P-40 fighters strafe barracks South of Tengchung, and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters hit truck convoy and barracks South of Chiengmai. 4 P-40 fighters blast motor pool at Lashio.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue to hit airstrips on Noemfoor. The heavy bombers claim 14 air victories. More than 90 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Wewak, Boram, and But airfields, road near Boram, and track and villages South of Dagua while 80 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound antiaircraft positions, airfields, stores, and troop concentrations along Hansa Bay. Throughout the day A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-39 fighters pound various targets along Hansa Bay, in Wewak area, and in vicinity of Uligan Harbour and Cape Croisilles. 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb airfields and supply areas on Woleai. In ground action Allied forces take Hollandia, Tumleo and Selo Islands, and objectives around Tadji.

Thirteenth Air Force. Weather again curtails strikes, but several fighter-bombers hit Tobera and 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Matupi Island.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers based at Kwajalein hit Truk and Wotje. Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ponape, Jaluit, and Maloelap.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly weather and photo reconnaissance within 100 mile of the Kuril Islands and photograph Matsuwa.

R208 R-boat
Is severely damaged after being attacked by Allied 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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