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24th March 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 59 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Schweinfurt, using blind bombing equipment. 162 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers diverting from primary target at Schweinfurt because of clouds, bomb marshalling yard at Frankfurt Main. Primary B-24 Liberator heavy bombers targets, airfields at Metz and Nancy, are overcast, but 33 are able to bomb Nancy while 147 Dthers bomb secondary target of Saint Dizier, Robinson airfield.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound supply and bivouac areas in Piedimonte and Castrocielo and harbour installations at Leghorn. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridge and railroad tracks North West of Orvieto, and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb guns in Cassino area. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber in Cassino area hit guns, troop concentrations, road, and causeway. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on armed reconnaissance in Rome, Orvieto Orte areas hit train and bridge.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rimini marshalling yards while 32 others attack Ancona, Senigallia, and rail and road bridges over Vomano River South of Giulianova. Over 200 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers turn back before reaching target and before rendezvous with fighters escorts. 3 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit targets in Italy and Yugoslavia. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are lost. The heavy bombers claim 10 enemy fighters destroyed.

Tenth Air Force. Near Chindwin 50 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's attack Homalin and Tamanthi. In Mandalay area 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 10 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Pyingaing dump, 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Shwebo railroad yards and a nearby factory, and 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack Gokteik Viaduct. 4 P-40 fighters bomb Japanese positions near Shaduzup.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters hit Alexishafen with dive bombing and strafing attack at midday. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs nearby Sek Island. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance score hit on minesweeper. Organised Japanese resistance ends on Los Negros and Bougainville, although considerable time will be required for mopping up operations.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airstrip at Tobera. A few which lost contact with formation bomb Vunakanau instead. More than 30 P-38 Lightning fighters, P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters hit Wunapope with incendiary clusters, causing numerous fires.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb Jaluit while others, flying out of Eniwetok, hit Ponape and Ant Islands.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly photo mission over Onnekotan.

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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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