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29th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 215 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack aircraft production plants at Brunswick. 38 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon site at Lottinghen.

Ninth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb coastal gun position and nearby Breck-sur-Mer airfield. 216 medium bombers abort mission against 8 V-weapon sites in France because of total cloud cover over targets.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb main and satellite airfields at Viterbo and several targets along West coast of Italy. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb troops and gun positions West of Cisterna di Roma, while A-20 Havoc light bombers hit concentrations to the South. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber strike at troop concentrations along North perimeter of beachhead. Other P-40 fighters hit barracks and railroad yards at Littoria and tank concentration South of Cisterna. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters with British aircraft hit Giulianova railway station and shipping off Dubrovnik. Fighters maintain patrol over Anzio beachhead.

Fifteenth Air Force. For fourth consecutive day, bad weather limits operations to reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock spans out of 2 bridges North of Taungtha and damage bridges South of Myingyan and between Panaing and Mahlaing. 7 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb wireless station at Sinkan, score near misses on bridge below Kawlin, and knock out 2 bridges in Ye-u area. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and P-40 fighters hit supply area South of Seton, camp and stores near Mogaung at Pagoda Peak, and railroad station at Myitkyina.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound warehouse area at Yoyang, causing several fires and secondary explosions. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Yoyang railroad yards. 16 P-40 fighters provide support. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweep of Northeast China coast sink 3 sampans and damage a merchant ship at Siachwan Tao. 6 P-40 fighters bomb and strafe ammunition dumps at Kunlong. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sink large motor launch Northeast of Anking, strafe barracks and 3 tugs in Teian area, hit barracks North West of Nanchang, and strafe railroad installations at Yangsin. 4 P-40 fighters hit a barracks West of Nanchang. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink a large river craft on the Yangtze near Chiuhsienchen and damage 2 more nearby.

Fifth Air Force. Allied amphibious forces land on Los Negros Island, temporarily taking Momote airfield and then falling back to beachhead on Jamandilai Point. Weather prevents full air support but 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers manage to attack enemy positions and guns. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Erima, Wewak, Tadji, Awar, and Hollandia.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with Navy fighters escort, pound Rabaul area. Later 12 P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets in same area. 16 Army Air Force fighters, along with 16 Navy fighters, hit targets throughout South Bougainville and Shortland Island. Numerous other fighters, in forces of varying sizes, attack barges and scattered targets throughout North Solomons, Bismarck Archipelago, and waters in between.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Maloelap, Mille, and Wotje. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Jaluit and Mille; P-40 fighters attack Mille.

R194 R-boat
Sunk 29 February 1944

R229 R-boat
Launched 29 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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