Ninth Air Force. General Quesada reappointed Commanding General
IX Fighter Command on 21
) 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
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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