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23rd January 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack Gilze-Rijen airfield.

Ninth Air Force. Nearly 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites in French coastal area.

Twelfth Air Force. Colonel William S Gravely takes command of XII Air Force Training and Replacement Command. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb area South of Avezzano while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town of Avezzano and road junction at Monte Cornacchia. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Vallecorsa with good results. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack Vallecorsa, road junctions at Fondi and in Priverno area, town of Ceccano, and railroad at Sezze. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb bridge at Skradin. Desert Air Force (DAF) fighters strafe tanks and trucks on British Eighth Army front, and XII A Support Command fighters cover United States Fifth Army's Anzio beachhead during the day.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb road bridges at Pontecorvo and Ceprano, railroad line and bridge at Falconara Marittima, and marshalling yards at Poggibonsi and Siena. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escort heavy bombers to latter 2 targets. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rieti airfield, Porto Civitanova marshalling yard, and targets, including bridge near Cagli, marshalling yard North of Perugia, and landing strip South of Iesi. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters carry out sweeps in wide areas around Rome and Florence, reaching out to Viterbo, Rieti, Orte, and Terni.

Tenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, in 2 waves, attack shipping at Mergui, claiming a 350 ft vessel and 2 small boats destroyed. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters knock out bridge at Myittha, damage bridge at Samon, and damage several trucks and railroad cars. 28 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound supply dumps at Kamaing and Mogaung, achieving excellent results. 16 P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina airfield, railroad cars at Pidaung, and railroad bridge at Loilaw.

Fourteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Kweilin pound Kai Tek airfield in Hong Kong, Kowloon area. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers heavily damage 3 merchant vessels South of Wenchow.

Fifth Air Force. 35 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Wewak. 50 Japanese fighters intercept. In the ensuing air battle United States aircraft claim 12 of the fighters shot down. 5 United States fighters are lost. P-39 fighters strafe barges and antiaircraft positions at Uligan Harbour and on Rai Coast. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit forces and antiaircraft positions near Cape Raoult and Gasmata. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Flores Island.

Thirteenth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF), Navy, and Marine fighters support 60 Navy dive bombers in strike on Lakunai airfield and Matupi Harbour area. 3 Allied fighters are lost. United States aeroplanes claim more than 30 aircraft shot down. Later, 40 fighters sweep Rabaul area. 20 P-39 fighters strafe targets in Shortland Island area. During 23-24 January 1944, 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Tobera and Lakunai.

Seventh Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa and Abemama hit Taroa Island. The medium bombers claim 3 fighters shot down. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying out of Makin and Abemama, bomb Wotje at dusk. 1 heavy bomber bombs Mille during return flight after developing engine trouble.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the Royal Navy's destroyer HMS Jervis which was badly damaged off Anzio, Italy.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the Royal Navy's destroyer HMS Janus which was sunk off Anzio, Italy.

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