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29th March 1944

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Events On This Day

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 target.

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 area.

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 nearby bridge.

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 are lost.

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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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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