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27th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Almost 700 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Cazaux, Bordeaux, Pau, Biarritz, Mont-de-Marsan, Saint-Jean-d'Angely, La Rochelle, Tours, and Chartres, and an aircraft works at Tours.

Ninth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack V-weapon sites in North France. 35 others abort due primarily to failure of blind bombing equipment. Onset of bad weather makes this the last medium bombers mission until 8 April 1944.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers successfully bomb Sesti Bagni railway station. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Poggibonsi railway bridge, and tracks and train cars in the area and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges at Marsciano, Perugia, and Grosseto railroad bridges, scoring damaging hits at Grosseto. P-40 fighters hit command post and supply dumps, and fly road reconnaissance Southeast of Rome with good results. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb Sesti Bagni railway station and nearby trucks, while P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack bridge, junctions, and train cars on Rome, Orvieto railroad. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters maintain cover over Cassino and Anzio battle areas.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit supply dumps at Kamaing, while about 50 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troops in Myitkinya area and support ground forces near Kamaing. In Katha area 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit bridge and railroad facilities near Meza and railroad near Kawlin. 60 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound targets along upper Chindwin River.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Viet Tri area, damaging 2 factories, a bridge, and several railroad cars. 60 P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack troops and buildings at Sienning and Kwanyinchow hit bridge, warehouse, and general area at Anyi, damage bridges at Kienchang and Puchi, and pound Nanchang airfield and surrounding areas.

Fifth Air Force. More than 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-39 fighters attack storage areas, shipping, bridges, fuel dumps, enemy troop concentrations, and other targets in areas around Wewak, Hansa Bay, Uligan Harbour, and Madang. Other aircraft carry out sweeps and armed reconnaissance over New Britain and Bismarck Sea.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Wunapope with incendiaries. 34 fighter-bombers follow in rapid succession with another incendiary strike, leaving the entire vicinity in flames. 8 P-40 fighters hit fuel dump at mouth of Tekessi River.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa hit Maloelap, Mille, and Wotje. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Eniwetok Atoll bomb Jaluit and strafe and cannonade Ponape. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa bombs Jabor.

R188 R-boat
Sunk 27 March 1944

R191 R-boat
Is severely damaged after being attacked by Allied aircraft, along with R188 which resulted in her loss.

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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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