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3rd April 1944

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Ninth Air Force. Because of combat crew shortage which has caused abolition of the 50 mission limit tour of duty and resulted in fatigue and morale problems, IX Bomber Command establishes new operational leave policy. Maximum leaves for bomber crews are set at 1 week between the 25th and 30th missions and 2 weeks between the 40th and 50th missions

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack railway bridges at Orvieto, cutting approaches to bridge at North of town. Other medium bombers attacks on bridges abort because of weather but light bombers successfully bomb ammunition dump. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack railway at Attigliano and bomb underpass in the area, while P-40 fighters hit Sesti Bagni railroad station, supply dump Southeast of Frosinone, town of Itri, bivouac area North West of Velletri, and several trucks. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters successfully bomb Pignataro Interamna and nearby road junction.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb aircraft factory and marshalling yard at Budapest, and marshalling yards at Knin, Brod, and Drnis. 137 fighters escort the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers miss rendezvous) to Budapest. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim 24 aircraft shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 36 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb areas along the upper Chindwin River. In Mandalay area 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage Tangon bridge while 6 P-61 Black Widow, night fighters hit Anisakan airstrip. 20 fighter-bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit targets South of Mupaw Ga and West of Mogaung, troops near Bhamo, and knock out bridge near Mogaung. During 3-4 April 1944, 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil and power facilities at Yenangyaung, Chauk, and Lanywa while 8 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Meiktila airfield.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) rocket-firing P-40 fighters, with 8 other as top cover, damage 2 large river boats between Hengyang and Ichang. 4 others flying Red River sweep from Vinh Yen to Dong Cuong sink 4 small boats, damage 3 more, and strafe 50 to 100 persons at a loading point on the River. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in Haiphong area.

Fifth Air Force. More than 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters blast airfields at Hollandia. Most of the remaining Japanese aeroplanes there are destroyed. Of 60 intercepting fighters, 26 are claimed shot down. Air opposition from Hollandia is very light hereafter. 50 P-40 fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-39 fighters hit villages, command, antiaircraft positions, and other targets in areas around Wewak, Hansa Bay, Bogia, and Madang. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Langgoer and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Babo area and Penfoei.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Northeast section of Rabaul. This strike follows larger than usual 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers heckling raids during 2-3 April 1944. 50 fighter-bombers blast fuel stores at Keravia Bay. On Bougainville, airfield and Navy fighters strafe Numa Numa trail area and maintain patrols.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok during 2-3 April 1944, bomb Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama follow with daytime attack on Ponape. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama and Tarawa hit Maloelap and Jaluit.

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