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28th January 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 43 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is bomb V-weapon site at Bonnieres, using Gee-H blind bombing device for first time. (Gee-H is more accurate than H2X but is of use only against targets within the 200 miles beacon range. Later, aircraft are equipped with both devices).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Orte marshalling yard. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit bridges at Orvieto and Montalto di Castro. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Cisterna di Latina with good results. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Popoli road junction, and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit railroad, road, and gun positions in Cassino Vicenza Velletri areas, Colleferro marshalling yard, and Atina town area. P-40 fighters hit Terelle, Belmonte in Sabina, and Cisterna. Allied fighters over Anzio area claim 21 aeroplanes shot down.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, bomb Aviano airfield and Verona marshalling yard. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit marshalling yard at Ferrara.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets from Bogia to Cape Croisilles. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack in Cape Gloucester area. P-40 fighters hit airfields at Hoskins. P-39 fighters strafe barges in Rein Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and Navy fighters support Navy dive-bomber attack on targets in Rabaul area. 5 P-38 Lightning fighters are lost. Allied aircraft claim about 30 aeroplanes shot down. At Lakunai airfield, one of the targets, 20-30 parked aeroplanes are destroyed and several antiaircraft positions are destroyed or damaged. 25 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, covered by 12 P-38 Lightning fighters, pound Tobera airfield. 16 P-39 fighters strafe Shortland Island area.

Seventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, staging through Makin, bomb Taroa. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa and Makin and taking off at varying intervals, carry out several hours of strikes against Wotje, Kwajalein, Maloelap, and Jaluit.

R201 R-boat
Sunk 28 January 1944

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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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