Eighth Air Force. 857 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers are put into the air with intentions of bombing
transportation and industrial targets at Frankfurt, Heddernheim,
Frankfurt Main, and Russelsheim. Unpredicted multilayer clouds
and haze impede assemblies, and only 452 planes are dispatched
to the targets. Cloud formations and dense contrails over
English Channel make holding formation impossible, and the
bombers are recalled, with exception of a combat wing which
is approaching German border. 56 planes of this wing attack
power station near Eschweiler before returning to base. British
and United States in United Kingdom agree to place most of
the available P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers in the Eighth Air
Force for long range escort of heavy bombers. Eventually the
Eighth is to be equipped almost exclusively with P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers, with the P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47
Thunderbolt fighters to be transferred to the Ninth Air Force.
Ninth Air Force. More than 175 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) medium bombers attack V-weapon
sites in coastal area of France.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels all medium bombers and
like to bombers operations. Fighters maintain cover over Anzio
beachhead (Anzio and Nettuno are captured during the day)
and encounter increased air attacks. 3 fighters are claimed
destroyed in aerial combat, while 1 Allied fighters is lost.
P-40 fighter-bombers hit road at Penne, while A-36 Apache
dive bomber bomb Velletri and road junction East of town,
and hit other command targets.
Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields and town area
at Skoplje. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit marshalling
yard at Vrattsa and Dolno Tserovene area, both targets. P-38
Lightning fighters escort the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters accompany the B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sea sweeps claim sinking of
merchant ship West of Nampang Island, 2 freighters, a cargo
passenger vessel, and a coastal cargo boat anchored in LiShan
Bay, and a cargo passenger vessel at Paichuan Island.
Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Wewak and Boram.
More than 50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters hit Madang and troops in vicinity and bomb Hansa
Bay area. 38 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack shipping
and harbour installations on Manus Island.
Thirteenth Air Force. A large concentration of United States
Army Air Force (USAAF), Navy, Marine, and Royal New Zealand
Air Force (RNZAF) fighters support Navy and Marine torpedo
Bombers dive-bombing shipping in Simpson Harbour and Keravia
Bay. Several 300500 ft vessels are damaged or sunk. United
States aeroplanes claim more than 20 fighters shot down.
Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
A-24 Banshee dive bomber from Makin, supported by 12 P-39
fighters and 7 P-40 fighters, hit gun positions, storage areas,
and barracks on Mille. In late afternoon, 8 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers, staging through Makin, bomb airfields on Wotje.
January 1944, 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa and
12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Taroa bomb several targets
in Maloelap. 1 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Mille.
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