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24th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 716 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields, aircraft production industries, and targets at Landsberg, Oberpfaffenhofen, Erding, Friedrichshafen, Manzell, Lowental, Gablingen, Leipheim and Neckarsulm. Although a large Fifteenth Air Force raid on Ploesti and Bucharest draws many fighters, 250 Luftwaffe aircraft oppose this Eighth Air Force mission. More than 125 of these fighters concentrate on lead force over Landsberg OberpfaffenhofenErding area and down at least 15 heavy bombers in a 30 to 45 minutes battle. Total losses for the day are 39 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

Ninth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers dispatched against targets in France are recalled because of bad weather. 32 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb Louvain marshalling yard with good results.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railroad bridges North and South of Orvieto, at Arezzo, at Grosseto, and North and South of Incisa in Valdarno. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit dump at Valmontone. P-40 fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit shipping off Leghorn, Avezzano station, Orvieto and Terni marshalling yards, Canino landing ground, railroad tracks at numerous points South of Orvieto, and rail lines, truck parks, and targets North of Rome.

Fifteenth Air Force. 520 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Bucharest and Ploesti, hit aircraft factory at Belgrade, and attack rail line between Rimini and Ancona. Over 250 fighters fly support for the heavy bombers.

Tenth Air Force. 36 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's and 8 P-38 Lightning fighters pound positions near Buthidaung and Myohaung area. 60 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit troop concentration near Fort White and towns of Kohima and Ukhrul. 100 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, A-26 Invader light bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage areas at Kamaing, Mogaung, and Hopin, and railroads and other targets at Myitkyina, Manywet, and Chaungwa. 25 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Indaw and several other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Pyingaing.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridges near Dara and Kengluang and strafe factory at Dhasan. P-40 fighters on diversionary strike strafe numerous targets at Kengtung. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sea sweep hit 2 small steamers off Cape Bastion with cannon fire, claiming 1 vessel sunk and the other left burning.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again bomb parked aircraft and other targets on Noemfoor. 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields in Wewak area. More than 140 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit stores, fuel dumps, and personnel areas along Hansa Bay. Throughout the day medium bombers and fighter-bombers hit a variety of targets along New Guinea coast including Karkar Island, Uligan Harbour, Cape Croisilles, and Madang area. Madang falls to Allied ground forces.

Thirteenth Air Force. Weather continues to curtail strikes in the Bismarcks. 10 P-40 fighters hit runway and revetments at Tobera. Fighter sweeps account for several trucks and barges in Rabaul New Ireland area.

Twentieth Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber piloted by General Saunders, Commanding General 58th Bomber Wing, arrives at Kwanghan. Accompanying the very heavy bomber is another B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber carrying General Wolfe, Commanding General XX Bomber Command. These are the first B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's to fly over the Hump to China.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape while others, based at Makin, hit Jaluit and Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies a photo and bomb run over Matsuwa Island. Later another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies weather and bomb runs over Shasukotan, Yekaruma, Kharimkotan, and Onnekotan Islands.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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