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25th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Mannheim and Landau, and airfields at Esseyles Nancy, Metz, Frescati, and Dijon, Longvic.

Ninth Air Force. 240 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 69 A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb V-weapon sites in coastal area of France and gun positions at Le Treport, Varengeville-sur-Mer, Fontenay-sur-Mer, Crisbec, Ault, Fecamp, Houlgate, and Saint-Pierre-duMont. About 150 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive-bomb airfields in France and Belgium. Around 175 medium bombers are forced to abort missions because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. Attacks against lines of command North of Rome continue. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit storage areas while medium bombers attack Pesaro marshalling yard, dumps at Manoppello, and bridges and approaches at Incisa in Valdarno, Arezzo, Asciano, Magra, Ficulle, and Orvieto. Viaducts at Incisa and Calafuria are attacked with poor results. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit roads, gun positions, railroads, ammunition dump and trucks North of Rome, near Ficulle, Orte and Orvieto. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters also damage destroyers off Elba.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb aircraft factory at Turin, marshalling yard and bridge at Parma, marshalling yard at Ferrara, and several targets. Over 300 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are forced to abort missions due to bad weather. Over 100 fighters escort the heavy bomber missions into North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's again hit positions at Buthidaung and bomb Paletwa. 12 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Kohima while 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Tiddim road. 80 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit a variety of targets at Kamaing, Nsopzup, and Mogaung. 12 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Japanese Headquarters at Katha and supply huts at Hopin. Near Mandalay 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Monywa-Alon while 21 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields at Heho, destroying several aircraft in the air and on the ground.

Fifth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troop areas in Hollandia vicinity, attacking villages South of Tanahmerah and huts and buildings along road from Marneda to Banggerang. Other aeroplanes carry out similar strikes against Karkar Island and along Hansa Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. Just before dawn 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Dublon, Moen, Fefan, Uman, and Falo Islands. 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airstrip and revetments at Tobera. 12 P-39 fighters leave stockpiles aflame at Baitsi.

Seventh Air Force. Kwajalein based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, during 24-25 April 1944, staging through Eniwetok, strike Truk and Guam and during day hit Wotje and Maloelap. This is first Seventh Air Force mission against Guam. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb Ponape, and Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Jaluit and Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers photograph and bomb installations on Matsuwa Island.

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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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