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23rd May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 804 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets at Hamburg, Saarbrucken, Metz, Epinal, Bayon, Chaumont, Etampes, Chateaudun, Caen, Carpiquet, Bourges, Avord, and Orleans, Bricy. Luftwaffe fighter opposition is very light; one bomber is downed by antiaircraft fire.

Ninth Air Force. In predawn mission 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields at Beaumont-le-Roger. During afternoon 58 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb coastal batteries at Etretat, Sainte-Marie-Au-Bosc, Maisy, and Mont Fleury. Over 120 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe and bomb rolling stock in Central France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers abort missions because of weather. Light bombers hit command between Cisterna di Roma and Campoleone. Fighter-bombers actively support general offensive of Allied ground forces in Liri Valley and at Anzio where United States and British forces break out of the beachhead. Fighters on armed reconnaissance join in the attacks and numerous enemy vehicles, gun positions, transport routes, and personnel are hit hard in areas in and around Terracina, Littoria, Norma, Marcigliana, Fara in Sabina, Borghetto, Arezzo, and Civita Castellena. Marshalling yard on Empoli Siena line is hit also.

Fifteenth Air Force. 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers concentrate attacks on troop concentrations and command in rear of battle area, at Avezzano, Subiaco, Valmontone, Marino, Nemi and Grottaferrata. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers provide escort. Other P-38 Lightning fighters, covered by P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, strafe airfields at Ferrara.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Tiddim road and 32 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Kohima, Tiddim, and Kalewa. 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Indaw marshalling yard and Homalin. 16 P-38 Lightning fighters attack Kangaung airfield. 23 P-40 fighters and 4 A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb gun positions, troops, and supply dumps in Myitkyina area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Manokwari while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets at Biak Island, including trucks at Borokoe, antiaircraft positions and control tower at Mokmer airfield, village of Sorido, and offshore targets at Bransfari. P-40 fighters hit troops on Wakde and on Biri River. P-38 Lightning fighters support ground forces in Aitape area. A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-39 fighters, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers maintain bombing and strafing of Wewak Hansa Bay area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tobera, while 32 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 40 P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters attack gun positions near Rabaul, near Lakunai, and in vicinity of Tunnel Hill Road. In Bougainville area 51 P-39 fighters and 8 P-40 fighters attack huts, barges, bridges, and other targets at several locations.

Seventh Air Force. Makin based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Jaluit. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers returning from Los Negros, where they landed after raid on Rota on 21 May 1944, bomb Ponape.

Greif Torpedo boat
Sunk 23 May 1944

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