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29th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 679 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Berlin, concentrating on railway facilities in Friedrichstrasse section in centre of city. 38 other heavy bombers bomb targets in area, including Magdeburg. Opposition by an estimated 350 fighters is fierce. 64 heavy bombers claim 73 fighters destroyed while United States fighters claim 22.

Ninth Air Force. 217 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers dispatched to bomb marshalling yards in France abort mission because of heavy cloud cover over target area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Terni viaduct and Attigliano railway bridge, while B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridges and bridge approaches at Pontassieve and Incisa in Valdarno. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack dump Northeast of Rome. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters cut rail lines in many places Northeast of Rome, hit guns North of Anzio and dump Southeast of Rome, attack town of Acquapendente, hit approaches and tunnel South of Arezzo and bridge and trucks in area, bomb Sinalunga marshalling yard and bridge and approaches at Monte San Savino, and hit docks at San Vincenzo and boats at Follonica.

Fifteenth Air Force. 484th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) is declared operational. The Fifteenth Air Force now has 18 heavy bomber groups. Over 400 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, attack Toulon naval base, Drnis marshalling yard, and Rimini Ancona railroad.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound positions near Buthidaung. 21 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields in Heho area and claim 3 aircraft downed in combat. 25 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb several buildings at Meza. 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Prome blast supply dumps in the area.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb warehouse and barracks at Shayang and attack 3 motor launches at Chiuchiang, leaving them burning.

Fifth Air Force. More than 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb villages, antiaircraft positions, and personnel areas in Wakde Islands, Maffin Bay area, and along coast of New Guinea from Takar to Verkam Point. 40 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit stores at Cape Wom, and targets between But and Dagua. 130 A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-39 fighters hit hideouts and movements along Sepik River and from the river's mouth to Cape Croisilles.

Thirteenth Air Force. More than 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters bomb and strafe targets throughout Bougainville and Buka, including Sipaai Mission, Kieta area, Lontis, Numa Numa, Ibu, Toborei, Totavi, Aitara, and Baitsi. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Kara and Buka. Allied fighters sweeps continue over North Solomons and New Ireland, where huts, barges, and other targets are attacked.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein bomb Truk and Jaluit. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin also hit Jaluit and carry out 2 strikes against Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers abort an armed photo mission due to weather.

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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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