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24th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 231 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Schweinfurt ball bearing plant,11 losses suffered, while 238 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit factory and airfield at Gotha, 33 aircraft lost. 236 heavy bombers attack secondary target of Rostock due to overcast at primary objectives of Poznan, Tutow, and Krzesiny. 61 heavy bombers attack Eisenach, a target. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command follows up with attack during 24-26 February 1944 of Schweinfurt.

Ninth Air Force. Advanced Headquarters IX A Support Command set up at Uxbridge on 15 February 1944 assumes operational control of its groups, which hitherto had operated under orders from VIII Fighter Command on. 22 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields at Leeuwarden, Deelen, and Gilze-Rijen on morning mission. 145 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb NOBALL targets between Saint-Omer and Abbeville during afternoon.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Fabrica di Roma landing ground. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit gun positions, troop concentrations, trucks, and tanks in battle areas. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb bridge at Arce.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers in coordination with Eighth Air Force raids on Germany bomb aircraft factory at Steyr and oil refinery at Fiume. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim 35 fighters shot down. 19 United States aircraft are lost.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound harbour area at Moulmein, railroad sidings at Martaban, and targets near Mingaladon airfield and Zayat. Fighters carry out numerous patrol and offensive sorties over Sumprabum area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb warehouse and dock area at Wuhu and 3 hit railroad yards and docks at Hongay. 9 P-40 fighters attack docks and railroad yards at Campha Port. 10 P-38 Lightning fighters on sweep of Yangtze River from Chihchow to Pengtse claim 4 river steamers, 5 tugs, 5 motor launches, and 15 sampans destroyed.

Fifth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Wewak area, blasting fuel dumps, trucks, airfields, aircraft, and supply stores. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Momote and Alexishafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and Navy fighters escort Navy dive bomber attack on Wunapope supply area. Some of the fighters later strafe submarine off Cape Gazelle. 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, some with Navy fighters escorts, attack Tobera, Keravat, and Vunakanau airfields and town of Rabaul. 14 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Wunapope and Cape Gazelle area. Cape Saint George is attacked by 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers when Vunakanau area is overcast.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber and P-40 fighters from Makin bomb and strafe small vessels, radio facilities, barracks, and gun positions at Jaluit and Mille. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa pound Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers take off for armed reconnaissance and shipping search over the Kurils. Only 1 gets through and jettisons bombs upon finding target overcast.

R136 R-boat
Launched 24 February 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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