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23rd February 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit gun position North of Campoleone and patrol Anzio area. Weather forbids other operations by Twelfth Air Force.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb industrial complex at Steyr. Other heavy bombers are forced to abort because of bad weather. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim over 30 aircraft shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields and other targets at Akyab and Dabaing. 3 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit radio station at Man Pang; 4 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit warehouses at Chantha.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack 2 ships in Gulf of Tonkin and hit railroad cars and engine shed at Van Trai Station. 4 P-40 fighters strafe Lashio airfield.

Fifth Air Force. Approximately 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast airfield, buildings, and antiaircraft positions in Wewak area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with Navy fighters support, bomb Vunakanau airfield. 10 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Keravat airfield. 4 B-34 Lexington bomber on armed reconnaissance over New Ireland strafe Cape Saint George area and bomb buildings and pier at Labur Bay. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack bivouacs in upper Saua River area. 16 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Wunapope supply area. Some attack town of Rabaul. This is first P-38 Lightning fighters bombing raid on the Rabaul area. (P-38 Lightning fighters, now free from constant responsibility of guarding bombers against interceptors, will continue to dive-bomb Rabaul area through April 1944. During the latter part of this campaign against the famed Japanese garrison, which is to be bypassed by Allied ground forces, P-39 fighters will add their strength due to completion of an airstrip on Nissan Island in the Green Highlands. By 20 April 1944 only 120 of 1400 buildings in Rabaul will still be standing.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Makin bomb Mille. 2 small boats are destroyed by strafing. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama hit Taroa. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Makin and Tarawa bomb Kusaie, Ponape, and Jaluit.

R187 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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