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24th January 1944

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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. During 24-25 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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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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