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27th February 1944

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Ninth Air Force. General Quesada reappointed Commanding General IX Fighter Command on 21 February 1944) receives authority to revive IX Fighter Command existing only on paper since creation of IX A Support Command on temporary basis as an operational Headquarters to function as a Combined Control centre with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) 11 Group at Uxbridge, where Fighter Command will prepare operations orders for Ninth Air Force fighters and fighter-bomber groups. Quesada retains command of IX A Support Command.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber attack Littoria airfield, Guidonia airfield, and Ladispoli dock area. Rail cars Northeast of Rome are also attacked. P-40 fighters follow up with raid against Littoria and hit trucks and other targets in the area. Weather prevents other operations by the Twelfth.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and A-36 Apache dive bomber and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit ammunition dumps near the Kamaing, Walawbum road, stores and troops at Warazup, and warehouses, railroad and power facilities, bridges, and targets in Ye-u and Tindeinyan areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly sea sweep from Vinh to Nam Dinh, bombing Nam Dinh distillery and railroad yards. No ships are sighted. 8 P-40 fighters hit railroad bridge at Puchi, rendering it unusable.

Fifth Air Force. Colonel Jarred V Crabb becomes Commanding General V Bomber Command. 30 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-40 support, hit airfields at Boram, Wewak, and Tadji, 27 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Hansa Bay area, and over 30 A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Alexishafen and Marakum village. More than 30 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Momote, Lorengau, and other targets in the Admiralties. P-39 fighters maintain armed reconnaissance over New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters strafe barges and other targets along South West coast of Bougainville throughout the day. Wunapope is attacked by 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers both forces supported by fighters escorts and by 14 P-38 Lightning fighters. P-40 fighters and Navy fighters cover Navy dive bomber strike on Lakunai antiaircraft positions. 3 other P-38 Lightning fighters strafe radar station at Cape Saint George.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber and P-40 fighters from Makin pound Jaluit and Mille, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama hit Wotje and Mille. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Makin and Tarawa bomb Ponape.

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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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