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30th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 114 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Lyon, Bron airfields, 117 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Clermont-Ferrand, Aulnat airfield, and 52 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit V-weapon site construction at Siracourt. In conjunction with these heavy bomber operations, 44 P-38 Lightning fighters conduct high altitude bombing of airfield at Tours. During afternoon 22 P-38 Lightning fighters, employing high-level bombing tactics, attack airfields at Orleans, Bricy, followed immediately by 21 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters that dive-bomb the target. Enemy opposition accounts for 1 heavy bomber and 5 fighters.

Ninth Air Force. Over 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack V-weapon construction works and marshalling yards in France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack railroad bridges at Ficulle, North Orvieto and Marsciano, while hit bridges at Cortona and Incisa in Valdarno and in nearby areas. P-40 fighters hit rail lines and storage in many locations North of Rome, hit rail lines and radar station in Orvieto area, cut railroads from Rome to Tivoli and to Civita Castellana, and hit targets in the area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit numerous railroad lines, rail cars, and other targets North of Rome.

Fifteenth Air Force. 464th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) becomes the nineteenth heavy bomber group declared operational by Fifteenth Air Force. Around 500 heavy bombers, with fighters escorts, attack marshalling yards at Alessandria, Milan, and Castel Maggiore, aircraft factory at Milan, and railroad between Rimini and Ancona.

Tenth Air Force. In Chindwin area, 31 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast tank concentration, bridges, supply dumps, and general vicinity at Kalewa. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage 2 bridges North of Yamethin.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Yungning knock out bridge near Dong Mo and strafe railroad targets in the area.

Fifth Air Force. More than 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters make almost continuous attacks throughout the day against troops and supplies along Hansa Bay. 40 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wewak and nearby plantation. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Noemfoor Island with light raid. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers reconnaissance flights over Manokwari area and Geelvink Bay result in claims of 6 interceptors shot down. P-70 Havoc night fighters hit targets on West shore of Hansa Bay. 23 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Force bomb Woleai Islands.

Thirteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters bomb Porton Plantations. 20 other P-39 fighters, in 11 sweeps, attack a variety of targets on Buka and Bougainville, including Ivituri Mission, Kieta area, and Mamagata supply area. More than 30 P-40s and P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Vunakanau airfield. 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Vunakambi Plantation.

Seventh Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Kwajalein based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb various targets at Wake. 11 Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Jaluit, while 8 from Engebi bomb Ponape.

R309 R-boat
Launched 30 April 1944

R163 R-boat
Sunk 30 August 1944, along with R164, R165 and R166

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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