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3rd March 1944

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Events On This Day

President Roosevelt announces that the Italian Fleet will be divided equally among United States, United Kingdom, and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Eighth Air Force. Thick clouds cause abandonment of mission to bomb industry at Erkner, Germendorf, Annahof and Berlin. Of more than 750 heavy bombers dispatched, 79 manage to bomb targets, including Wilhelmshaven and Helgoland. 11 heavy bombers are lost on mission.

Ninth Air Force. 218 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields at Laon, Couvron, Beauvais, Tille, Rosieres-en-Santerre, Roye, Amy, and Montdidier, and military installations at Juvincourt-et-Damary and Berneval-le-Grand.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Rome, Ostiense and railroad stations at San Benedetto de Marsi. Weather cancels light bombers and other medium bombers operations. P-40 fighters hit gun positions in North Anzio beachhead area while A-36 Apache dive bomber attack train and tented area between Magliano Romano and Rome. Other P-40 fighters fly patrol over Anzio beachhead area.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with over 50 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters as escort, bomb marshalling yards in Rome area and airfields and landing grounds at Viterbo, Canino, and Fabrica di Roma. More than 80 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and over 100 P-38 Lightning fighters abort because of bad weather.

Tenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, some supported by Spitfires and Hurricanes, bomb Fort White area. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound airfields at Katha, MawIu, and Shwebo. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit railroad targets and a warehouse at Kyaikthin and Kyunhla. 14 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers covered by 22 P-40 fighters, hit airfields at Lashio, Hsenwi, and Loiwing. 70 P-40 fighters, A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit fuel storage, supply areas, roads, and other targets over widespread areas of Burma, including Shingban, Myitkyina, Zigyun, Mogaung, Manywet, and Washawng. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters attack Okshitpin bridge but target is not damaged.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters damage coal grading building at Campha Port.

Fifth Air Force. More than 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Hansa Bay and Alexishafen areas while 20 P-39 fighters attack Madang and Bogadjim and 22 A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Erima. 14 A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit enemy positions on Los Negros Island.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and Navy fighters cover Navy dive bomber strike on Rabaul and Simpson Harbour. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers follow with attack on Rabaul, which later in the day is bombed by 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 5 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb radar installations at Cape Saint George while 10 bomb Buka airfield. P-39 fighters hit targets on East part of Shortland Island and West part of Buka Island.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers out of Makin bomb Ponape. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Maloelap. This date marks beginning of Operation FORAGER, the capture of the South Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, and Guam) for bases for B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber strikes against Japan. Seventh Air Force aircraft maintain neutralisation strikes against airfields in the Carolines and continue hitting Wake and the bypassed Marshalls.

Eleventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers take off from Shemya to search for enemy shipping, but return due to heavy icing and squalls. 6 P-40 fighters fly a search mission between Shemya and halfway to Attu.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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