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31st January 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 74 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapons site construction at Saint-Pol, Siracourt. 70 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers, escorted by 87 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and 47 P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb Gilze-Rijen airfield. 84 fighters are encountered and fighting is fierce; 6 P-38 Lightning fighters are lost in battle. United States aircraft account for 13 fighters destroyed.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Artena and road junction to North of Town. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber, operating East of Anzio battle area, hit road junction at Sezze, town of Fondi, and junction and town area at Priverno. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb San Benedetto de Marsi. XII A Support Command flies over 250 sorties over Anzio beachhead. Air Opposition is absent.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Aviano and Udine. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide escort, hit Klagenfurt airfield. Heavy bombers and fighters claim 16 aeroplanes shot down.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Uligan Harbour. P-39 fighters strafe Bogadjim, Bostrem Bay, and landing strip at Alexishafen. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit motor vessel off Ceram.

Thirteenth Air Force. 40 Allied fighters cover strike by Navy dive bombers on Tobera. 8 aeroplanes are claimed shot down. The strike is immediately followed by an attack by 17 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters support, on same target.

Seventh Air Force. As United States Army and Marine troops land on Kwajalein, under overall command of Admiral Spurance, Seventh Air Force hits other atolls in the Marshalls. 19 A-24 Banshee dive bomber bomb Mille airfield, over which P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters maintain all day cover and harassment. 9 P-40 fighters carry out strafing mission against Jaluit. During 31 January 1944 to 1 February 1944, 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, attacking at intervals, bomb Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers fly a negative sea search mission.

M451 Minesweeper
Sunk 31 January 1944

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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