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2nd March 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 232 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yard at Frankfurt Main using blind bombing technique while 133 bomb targets in South West Germany, including Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Limburg, and Dernbach. 84 heavy bombers hit airfields at Chartres. Failure of Pathfinder equipment causes many aircraft assigned to Frankfurt mission to return without bombing target.

Ninth Air Force. 353 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack NOBALL targets, Tergnier, and Amiens, Glisy and Rosieres-en-Santerre airfields in morning and afternoon missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack assembly area East of Carroceto and, with B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, bomb guns and assembly area North West of Cisterna di Roma, A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troops in beachhead battle area. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber blast troops and guns throughout Anzio battle area, also hitting Cisterna and Littoria. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit motor vessel of Sibenik, leaving it burning. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber fly uneventful cover over Anzio.

Fifteenth Air Force. 459th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) becomes operational, giving the Fifteenth Air Force 13 heavy bomber groups on combat status. Approximately 300 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by more than 150 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, support United States Fifth Army's Anzio beachhead, bombing Cisterna di Roma-La Villa area, Velletri, and troop concentrations, guns, and other military targets in battle area at several points, including Stazione di Campoleone and Carroceto areas.

Tenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb artillery positions in Maingkwan area. 20 P-40 fighters hit fuel dump at Myitkyina, artillery at Shingban, and trucks on road near Walawbum. 8 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit encampment on Pagoda Peak near Mogaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink small steamer near Mon Cay and bomb railroad shops and coal treating plant at Campho. 10 P-38 Lightning fighters damage 2 bridges and strafe 2 barracks areas North of Nanchang. 2 P-40 fighters bomb and strafe airfields and barracks at Keng-tung.

Fifth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and P-40 fighters hit Hansa Bay area, airstrip at Nubia, and Madang, Alexishafen area. More than 60 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound enemy forces on Los Negros Island as Allied ground forces occupy Momote airfield. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters providing cover for the medium bombers claim 7 enemy fighters shot down.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join Navy fighters in covering Navy dive bomber strike on shipping installations in Keravia Bay area. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Rabaul while 11 others, with Navy fighters support, bomb Rapopo. Shortly afterwards, 20 escorted B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast town area of Rabaul. 14 P-38 Lightning fighters follow immediately with strike on same target. P-39 fighters hit Japanese occupied Piano and Monoitu Missions.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Makin and Abemama bomb Ponape and Kusaie. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Maloelap.

Eleventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly a futile shipping search over the Kurils. Turned back by a weather front, they either jettison or bring back their bombs.

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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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