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28th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 181 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 9 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. Heavy clouds cause over half the heavy bombers dispatched to return without bombing. 7 aircraft are lost, most to antiaircraft fire.

Ninth Air Force. 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack NOBALL targets and Rosieres-en-Santerre. Bad weather makes bombing difficult and causes 34 other B-26 Marauder medium bombers to abort.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Canino landing ground, but clouds prevent accurate bombing and most bombs fall West and South West of main target area. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack airfields at Littoria, Guidonia, and Marcigliana. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit motor vessels and tug off Dubrovnik and targets inland.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges and trains between Pintha and Kinu, 1 bridge is damaged and several boxcars are destroyed. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard at Mandalay and targets at Akyab, Monywa, and Pakokku. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters attack bridges, radio stations, supply dumps, bivouacs, troop concentrations, railroad bypasses, antiaircraft positions, and other targets at Seton, Sinkan, Ye-u, Kawlin, Loilaw, Namkwin, Shaduzup, and Mogaung, Kamaing area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe airfields at Myitkyina.

Fifth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 39 A-20 Havoc light bombers thoroughly pound Hansa Bay area. Nearly 20 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Nubia and Awar airfields. In preparation for Allied landing, 50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Momote, Lorengau and other targets in Admiralty Islands.

Thirteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, pound Rabaul; 9 minutes later 12 P-38 Lightning fighters glide-bomb Rabaul; 2 minutes afterward 11 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound the same target. 6 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rapopo. P-40 fighters and Navy fighters escort Navy dive bombers in strike on Wunapope. P-39 fighters attack Monoitu Mission.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Makin strafe and bomb runway and radio installation on Mille. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa pound airfield on Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Shemya search for enemy shipping. 1 heavy bomber crashes during take off, the others find nothing.

R95 R-boat
Launched 28 February 1944

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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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