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.
Sunk 30 March 1944
Launched 30 March 1944
Go To: 31st
The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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