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27th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack roads at Velletri, railway at Colleferro, and marshalling yard at Orte. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridges at Ceprano and marshalling yard at Terni. A-20 Havoc light bombers give close support to United States Fifth Army attack near Terelle. A-26 Invader light bombers bomb railways and buildings at Poggio Mirteto, Ceccano, and Ciampino, hit rail and road traffic South of Rome, and, with P-40 fighters, hit town of Piedimonte. More than 70 P-40 fighters provide close support to Fifth Army forces in Cisterna di Latina and Atina, bombing gun positions. Allied fighters over Anzio beachhead successfully meet increased enemy air effort, claiming 28 aeroplanes downed in aerial combat.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Salon-de-Provence France and Montpellier, Frejorgues. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Istres-Le Tube airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters fly escort. Other P-38 Lightning fighters sweep Rome area, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep Florence area. Heavy bombers and fighters escorts claim over 20 aircraft shot down.

Fifth Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lorengau. Almost 70 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-39 fighters, along with several Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes attack Madang and Bogia areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit freighter and town area at Dili and shipping at Sorong and Mac Cluer Gulf.

Thirteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with escort of 60 Army Air Force and Navy fighters, pound Lakunai airfield. 6 United States fighters are lost. United States aeroplanes claim more than 20 fighters shot down. P-39 fighters ranging over wide areas strafe targets at Motupena, Gazelle Harbour, and Buka Island. 2 squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast concentrations at Sulphur Creek in Rabaul area.

Seventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bombers from rarawa hit Nauru, and 9 staging through Makin hit Wotje. 23 A-24 Banshee dive bomber, supported by 10 P-39 fighters, pound Mille. 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Makin, bomb Taroa in a dusk attack.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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