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3rd January 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. General Morris assumes command of XII Fighter Command. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb troop concentration area at Prijedor, and along with South African Air Force (SAAF) and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Baltimores, hit Split and Sibenik. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb gun positions near Cassino, Anagni railroad station, village near Vicenza, railway and trains between Ceccano and Segni, and harbour at Civitavecchia. P-40 fighters, with South African Air Force (SAAF) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Spitfires, hit over 100 vehicles in Avezzano, Sulmona area. Other P-40 fighters, with Army Air Force, The British Royal Air Force (RAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighters, hit targets in Filetto, Tollo areas in support of ground troops.

Fifteenth Air Force. General Twining becomes Commanding General. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Villarperosa ball bearing works and Lingotto marshalling yard and Fiat motor works in Turin area. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly top cover for the heavy bombers as far as Italian coast, then turn and carry out uneventful sweep over Rome area.

Tenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit warehouses and dump area at Sahmaw. 19 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, along with 16 P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb pumping station at Yenangyaung, setting oil tanks afire. 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers follow with strike on a pumping station at Yenangyaung, causing explosions and leaving target in flames.

Fourteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack railroad yards at Lampang. 5 fighter-bomber's attack town of Pingkai.

Fifth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Alexishafen area. More than 20 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit positions at Borgen Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. 30 Allied fighters again sweep Rabaul area, claiming 6 Zeros shot down. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kavieng, and several others abort due to bad weather. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Moisuru bivouac area near Kahili, and 15 more hit supply areas near Buka Passage.

Seventh Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber from Makin dive-bomb antiaircraft positions and radar and radio facilities on Mille. 20 supporting P-39 fighters strafe runways and oil storage.

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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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