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
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
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
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
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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