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29th January 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 763 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers led by Path finder aircraft hit war industries at Frankfurt Main. 46 heavy bombers bomb Ludwigshafen (target) due to deviation from planned bomb route. Fighter opposition is fierce and 29 aircraft are lost. This is first Eighth Air Force mission in which more than 700 aircraft attack targets.

Ninth Air Force. More than 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites in coastal France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bon San Benedetto de Marsi marshalling yard. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit bridges North of Rome. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb munitions factory at Bussi sul Tirino. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber, in support of United States Fifth Army Forces, bomb positions in Anzio beachhead are and hit enemy forward road and rail comm. Fighters on patrol over Anzio meet little air opposition.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Siena marshalling yard through overcast. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard's at Ancona, Fabriano, Rimini, and Bologna. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep over Rome and Florence areas.

Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by 16 P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb gasoline plants at Yenangyaung, causing large fires. 1 heavy bomber later bombs Akyab. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges at Meza and Pyintha, damaging the former and blasting railroad approaches to the latter.

Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Bogia and Nubia landing grounds. 45 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit positions in Cape Gloucester area.

Thirteenth Air Force. About 60 Allied fighters cover strike by 40 Navy dive bombers on Tobera. Lakunai airfield is pounded by 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters. At Tobera and Lakunai, Allied aeroplanes claim more than 20 Japanese shot down.

Seventh Air Force. As United States invasion force approaches the Marshalls, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, attacking from bases in the Gilberts, maintain daytime and night attacks (both multiple-plane missions and single-plane attacks at intervals) against Maloelap, Jaluit, Aur Atoll, Wotje, and Mille. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa also carry out strike against shipping and shore installations at Wotje. 18 A-24 Banshee dive bomber, supported by 12 P-40 fighters hit Jaluit. 12 P-39 fighters, operating in flights of 4 aircraft, patrol and strafe Mille all day to deny use of the airfield to the enemy.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the transport ship SS Samuel Huntington which was sunk off Anzio, Italy.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the Royal Navy's light cruiser HMS Spartan which was sunk off Anzio, Western Italy.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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