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31st March 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. Whether prevents completion of most Twelfth Air Force operations. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters carry out sweep North of Rome.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Kaing and Homalin areas. 60 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit supply dumps and villages around Mintha, Fort Keary, Thaungdut, and Ukhrul. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit nearby Pinlebu area. 10 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Japanese positions near Broadway' airstrip. 12 P-40 fighters bomb Warong area while others patrol around Sumprabum. Near Katha 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit warehouse, railroad cars, and track at Zawchaung.

Fifth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters support, pound Hollandia for second successive day. 3 airfields in area are thoroughly blasted and a large number of enemy aeroplanes destroyed. United States aircraft claim 14 interceptors shot down. Supplies, enemy troops, and coastal targets in Tadji, Wewak, and Hansa Bay areas are hit by 120 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers .

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ratawul supply point, 11 P-40 fighters hit Wunapope, and 26 P-39 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Northeast part of Rabaul with incendiaries. Fighter sweeps over Rabaul and New Ireland continue. 25 fighter-bombers pound Numa Numa supply area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok bomb Truk in predawn mission. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Eniwetok hit Ponape while others, flying out of Tarawa, pound Maloelap and Jaluit.

Eleventh Air Force. XI Bomber Command and XI Fighter Command are disbanded. Their headquarters personnel is absorbed by the 28th Bomber Group and the 343d Fighter Group, respectively.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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