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30th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers of 2 groups launch dive-bombing attack on Eindhoven and Soesterberg airfields. A third group of P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafes airfields at Venlo, Deelen, and Twente and other military objectives in East Netherlands and North West Germany, including marshalling yard at Viersen, shipping on Rhine River, flak towers, and gun emplacements. 1 fighters is lost.

Ninth Air Force. IX Engineer Command is formally activated by War Department (WD). Commanding General is General Newman.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit harbour at Leghorn and railroad bridge North West of Orte. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber attack ammunition dump North West of Roccasecca, trucks and supply dump Northeast of Tivoli and near Fumone and Gaeta, railroad bridges Southeast of Civita Castellana and Northwest of Stimigliano and Orvieto, and motor transport North of Cori and at scattered points.

Fifteenth Air Force. 463d Bomber Group (B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers) becomes the fifteenth heavy bomber group declared operational by Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 350 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Sofia and industrial complex and airfield at Imotski. Escorting fighters and the heavy bombers claim 13 enemy fighters shot down. 4 heavy bombers are lost.

Tenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Kaing area and North West Paungbyin. 5 others hit targets around Thayaung. 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Anisakan airfield.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly sea sweep from Kunming, around Hainan Island, and across Gulf of Tonkin to Nam Dinh. En route, a freighter is strafed. 1 heavy bomber bombs spinning mills at Nam Sinh, causing considerable damage.

Fifth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with support from more than 90 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, hit Hollandia in first big daylight raid. Airfields and fuel dumps are bombed. A large number of enemy aircraft are destroyed or damaged on the ground. Escorting fighters claim about 10 interceptors shot down. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-39 fighters continue to blast Japanese installations and forces in areas around Wewak, Tadji, and Madang.

Thirteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly long range strike against Moen Island. The heavy bombers score damaging hits on the airfield and claim 11 fighters shot down. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is lost. The raid follows a snooper strike by 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers the previous night. In Rabaul area 10 P-38 Lightning fighters hit South West part of the town with incendiaries while 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound nearby Wunapope. Fighter-bombers and medium bombers, operating mainly in pairs, hit supply area on Mupeka River and Japanese occupied areas at mouths of Puriata and Mamaregu Rivers. Fighter-bombers continue to support ground forces along Empress Augusta Bay perimeter hitting bivouac and truck park at Numa Numa, fords across Hongorai River, and bridge across the Puriata.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kawajalein and Eniwetok hit Truk before dawn. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Kwajalein and Tarawa strike Wotje, Mille, Jaluit, and Maloelap.

R161 R-boat
Sunk 30 March 1944

R231 R-boat
Launched 30 March 1944

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