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25th February 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 680 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb aeroplane factories at Regensburg, Augsburg, and Furth, and ball bearing plant at Stuttgart. This mission is flown in conjunction with Fifteenth Air Force attack on Regensburg and with major efforts by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) against Schweinfurt during 24-25 February 1944 and Augsburg during 25-26 February 1944. 31 aircraft are lost.

Ninth Air Force. General Williams becomes Commanding General IX Troop Carrier Command. 191 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Venlo, Saint-Trond, and Cambrai, Epinoy airfields in morning raid as diversion in support of VIII Bomber Command heavy bombers over Germany. 36 abort, mainly because of navigational error. 164 B-26 Marauder medium bombers dispatched against military targets in France during afternoon are recalled because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack guns and troop concentrations East of Campoleone and in Carroceto area. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb towns of Terracina and Sperlonga and roads in the area. P-40 fighters also maintain patrols over Anzio.

Fifteenth Air Force. Continuing coordinated attacks with Eighth Air Force on European targets, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers with fighters escorts pound Regensburg aircraft factory; enemy fighters opposition is heavy. Other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Zara harbour and Pola. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Fiume marshalling yard and port and hit Zell railroad and Graz airfield. Over 30 United States aeroplanes are lost. Heavy bombers claim more than 90 fighters shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack bridges at Meza, Sinthe, and Natmauk, causing light damage to the bridges and destroying 3 locomotives and several railroad cars.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack docks, railroad yards, and warehouses at Hongay. In the harbour 1 large boat is sunk and another damaged. 2 P-40 fighters hit a cargo vessel at Campha Port, leaving it sinking. 2 others bomb and strafe Weichow Island.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Lorengau and Alexishafen, Madang areas and Momote airfield, and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb airfields at Alexishafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters on armed reconnaissance bomb antiaircraft position at Monoitu, hit Aitara area, and attack barge in Cape Gazelle area. 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Matupi and Rapopo. 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 17 P-38 Lightning fighters follow shortly with another strike on Rapopo.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters out of Makin bomb and strafe targets at Jaluit. B-26 Marauder medium bombers from Tarawa and Abemama hit Mille and Wotje. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Abemama and Tarawa pound Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Shemya are over Matsuwa Island shortly after midnight 24-25 February 1944 on a photo reconnaissance and bomb run. Mission is not completed due to weather.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the Royal Navy's destroyer HMS Inglefield which was sunk off Anzio, Italy.

R52 R-boat
Is severely damaged after being engaged by Allied aircraft.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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