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2nd May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon installation at Saint-Pol, Siracourt.

Ninth Air Force. More than 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb marshalling yards at Busigny, Valenciennes, and Blanc-Misseron. Over 400 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers dive-bomb airfields and marshalling yards in France and the Low Countries.

Twelfth Air Force. Attacks against rail lines and bridges in North Italy continue. Medium bombers bomb approach to bridge in North Oriveto, bridges in South Ficulle and in Marsciano, and marshalling yards in Florence, Campo di Marte and West and North West Florence. Light bombers hit ammunition dump Northeast of Rome. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit rail lines North of Rome, bridges South West of Rome, guns North of Anzio, road at Montefiascone, road bridge at Cecina, trucks and planes at Malignano landing ground, and several other dumps, roads, and rail lines in North Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 250 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, most with fighters escort, attack La Spezia dock and harbour installations, marshalling yards at Castel Maggiore and Parma, railroad bridges at Faenza and Orbetello, and several targets. Over 300 other heavy bombers are forced to abort because of weather.

Eastern Air Command (EAC). Troop Carrier Command, until this date a major subordinate component of Eastern Air Command (EAC), is placed under Third Tactical Air Force, another Eastern Air Command (EAC) component.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit villages and defensive positions near Buthidaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 2 freighters sunk in South end of Formosa straits.

Fifth Air Force. 140 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers it bridges, barges, gun positions, roads, personnel, supplies, huts, and tent areas from Wewak to Hansa Bay throughout the day. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Wewak and Boram. 8 others it Wakde Island oil stores, huts, antiaircraft positions, trucks, and other targets. Airfield on Biak Island is bombed by 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

Thirteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters bomb village North of Kieta, airstrip and buildings of Koromira and Rigu Missions. P-40 fighters also hit Kieta area. Fighter sweeps over Rabaul area continue. Fighter-bombers hit Vunakambi Plantation supply area with incendiaries. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Talili area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok from Kwajalein, bomb Truk during the night. During the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers based at Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a shuttle base to rearm between strikes. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi pound Ponape.

R8 R-boat
Becomes stranded in the Taglimento estuary, along with R10 and R16.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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