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30th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 701 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit city of Brunswick, using blind bombing equipment to bomb through the overcast. 51 heavy bombers bomb targets, including city of Hannover. 20 aircraft are lost on mission.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit road junctions at Valmonte and Genzano di Roma, and bomb town of Monte Compatri. Weather cancels all B-26 Marauder medium bombers operations and several B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit town of and road junction near Cori, and XII A Support Command fighter bombers hit Sora. United States and British fighters hit Barges and fishing boats of Zara and Trojica. Fighters on patrol over Anzio meet no air opposition.

Fifteenth Air Force. 451st Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) becomes operational, making a total of 9 heavy bomber groups in Fifteenth Air Force. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit airfields and landing grounds at Villaorba, Maniago, and Lavariano. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Udine airfield and Fier radar station. P-38 Lightning fighters escort B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers on Villaorba and Maniago missions, and P-38 Lightning fighters and some British Spitfires escort B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on Udine mission. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters carry out sweep over Villaorba area. The heavy bombers and fighters claim over 60 aeroplanes shot down and a number destroyed on the ground.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack bridges at Mexa, Zawchaung, and North of Kyungon. Meza bridge is put out of commission, Kyungon bridge demolished, and Zawchaung bridge damaged. A locomotive and tender are destroyed at the latter target. A single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attacks vehicles and other targets between Taihpa Ga and Tsumhpawng Ga.

Fourteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly armed reconnaissance over East Burma. 8 of them strafe buildings at Loiwing airfield.

Fifth Air Force. 34 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hansa Bay area and Nubia landing strip. A-20 Havoc light bombers fly barge sweep along North coast of New Britain. P-39 fighters strafe barges and fuel dumps at Rein Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters attack Kunrai. 26 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with large fighters cover, bomb Lakunai airfield. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by fighters, hit Vunakanau airfield. 50 Allied fighters support Navy dive bomber strike on shipping in Rabaul area. Altogether 20 fighters are claimed shot down in the attacks in New Britain area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters maintain patrols over Mille, bombing and strafing the airfield to prevent its use by the enemy against invading forces. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers maintain all night strikes against Kwajalein in preparation for the invasion the following morning. Invasion of Majuro Atoll begins during 30-31 January 1944.

M451 Minesweeper
Becomes stranded after a severe storm.

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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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