Eighth Air Force. 187 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb industrial area of
Brunswick. 40 attack targets, including Stedorf and Unterluss.
77 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb V-weapon
installation at Watten, but malfunction of Pathfinder equipment
and navigational difficulties result in only 31 bombing the
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers attack Viterbo airfield, causing considerable
damage to target. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Leghorn
and many small craft nearby. French B-26 Marauder medium bombers
attached to Twelfth Air Force bomb Portoerraio on Elba. P-40
fighters attack supply dumps and bivouac area Southeast of
Rome, tank repair shop East of Rome, and guns and supply dumps
East of Velletri. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters cut lines at railway
overpass of Rome while A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb harbours
at San Stefano al Mare and Civitavecchia and hit nearby targets.
Spitfires, P-40 fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters patrol
Anzio battle area.
Fifteenth Air Force. About 400 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers command B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers largest Fifteenth Air Force total to date bomb
marshalling yards at Bolzano, Turin, and Milan. P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters fly escort. The heavy
bombers and fighters claim 13 aircraft destroyed. 6 United
States aircraft are lost.
Tenth Air Force. In Chindwin area 70 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's
hit Japanese positions and targets near Tonzang, Homalin,
Imphal, Ukhrul, Tamu, and Jessami. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Katha area hit railroad
and warehouse at Indaw support ground forces nearby. 12 P-38
Lightning fighters join numerous The British Royal Air Force
(RAF) aeroplanes in strikes on airfields, railroads, riverboats,
and a variety of targets in Mandalay area. 12 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers pound Victoria Lake region near Rangoon. 80
fighter-bombers and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast
targets throughout Mogaung Valley, including Waingmaw area,
Mogaung, Nanyaseik, guns Northeast of Kamaing, and numerous
scattered fortifications, supply areas, troop concentrations,
and pillboxes. 80 other fighters maintain patrol of Sumprabum
Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters and 3 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack railroad
station area at Nanchang, causing much damage to buildings
and yards. The fighter-bombers also strafe airfields and attack
Fifth Air Force. General Prentiss is announced as Commanding
General V Air Force Services Command and General Carter as
Commanding General 54th Troop Carrier Wing. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb Hollandia. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Wewak area, hitting targets
at Cape Wom and Dagua and attacking shipping throughout the
day. More A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Bogia Bunabun area
and P-39 fighters hit antiaircraft position at Erima in Madang
area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters on fighters
sweep and armed reconnaissance strafe coastal targets in Northeast
New Guinea and New Britain.
Thirteenth Air Force. In Rabaul area 19 fighter-bombers hit
targets along Miwo River and at Mawareka and Kimaku 8 others
abort because of bad weather. Fighters sweeping vicinity of
Rabaul strafe shipping in Keravia Bay and knock out gun position
at Cape Tawui. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 11 P-40
fighters get through the bad weather and pound supply areas
at Wunapope and Ratawul, respectively. A few P-38 Lightning
fighters hit Numa Numa while other fighter-bombers again support
ground forces at mouth of Tekessi River. B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers of 307th Bomber Group carry out the first daylight
raid on Truk Atoll, bombing the airfield on Eten Island. The
mission is staged from Munda through Torokina for arming and
Nissan for refuelling before the strike. The unescorted heavy
bombers claim 31 interceptors destroyed, along with almost
50 aeroplanes on the ground. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers from Kwajalein hit Jaluit and Rongelap.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Eniwetok strike Ponape while
others from Tarawa bomb Maloelap and Jaluit.
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