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3rd February 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 543 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Wilhelmshaven while 61 bomb Emden targets. Bad weather causes more than 100 heavy bomber to abort mission.

Ninth Air Force. 358th Fighter Group becomes operational. This is the first of 17 fighters groups which are to be added by 9 May 1944 to the Ninth Air Force, which previously had only 1 fighters group, the 354th. 52 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites on West coast of France. Weather causes over 100 other aircraft to abandon mission.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers missions are all abortive. A-36 Apache dive bomber, hit roads and other targets South of Rome, destroying or damaging numerous trucks and bombing towns of Seese and Fondi as United States ground forces meet strong resistance in drive toward Cassino. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Manopello and railroad facilities at Sulmona. Fighters patrol Anzio area.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, finding primary target obscured by bad weather, bomb targets railroad yards and stations at Stimigliano and Sulmona. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers return to base without bombing. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly fighters sweep over Prato Pontassieve area.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters attack bridges, encampments, and buildings along Prome, Taungup road. 1 bridge is knocked out and another damaged. A tug boat is sunk at Akyab. 14 A-36 Apache dive bomber and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack troops and camp area at Kumnyen and Lalawng Ga, and hit motor pool and repair depot at Shingban. 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit encampment at Sawnghka.

Fifth Air Force. Nearly 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, pound airfields in Wewak area. About 80 aeroplanes are destroyed on the ground an in the air. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Alexishafen and Hansa Bay areas. P-39 fighters and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on armed reconnaissance hit trucks at Erima, barges on New Britain coast, shipping in North Bismarck Sea, and Momote and Hyane Harbour.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and Navy fighters cover Navy dive-bomb strike on Tobera. 15 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters escort bomb airfields at Lakunai. Allied aircraft claim 13 interceptors downed during the 2 strikes.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Makin bomb and strafe Mille.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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