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2nd January 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Terni marshalling yard and iron works and nearby barracks. P-40 fighters and Spitfires from Army Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) blast snowbound vehicles in Avezzano, Popoli area, warehouses at San Benedetto de Marsi and gun positions and defended areas around Chieti. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit Civitavecchia harbour and marshalling yard to the South of town, Anagni marshalling yard and nearby gun positions, and other targets. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridges at Riva Santo Stefano and Ventimiglia, marshalling yard at Arma di Taggia, and bridge over Var River.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly uneventful sweep over Rome area.

Tenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 P-39 fighters hit fuel plant and work shops at Yenangyaung and set oilfields aflame. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also hit the refinery, causing large fire, and bomb a power station. 4 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Akyab on West coast. About 30 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers score hits on Loilaw bridge approaches and bomb towns in the vicinity.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Japanese Headquarters and barracks at Hopang.

Fifth Air Force. Elements of United States 32d Division make amphibious landing at Saidor following preparatory naval bombardment. Bad weather prevents preparatory air strikes, but over 80 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound positions in coordination with the landings. Harbour and airfield are captured. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Pombelaa and Amboina. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Madang. P-40 fighters strafe airfields, antiaircraft positions, barges, and supply dump at Cape Hoskins.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Buka supply area. 30 Allied fighters sweep Rabaul area, claiming 11 aeroplanes shot down. 1 Navy fighters is lost.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa, bomb Maloelap. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets on Jaluit. P-39 fighters strafe shipping at Mille.

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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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