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3rd May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 47 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon site at Wizernes.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound railway bridges at Monte Molino, Orvieto, and Taggia, bridge approaches at Ficulle and Imperia, and Ventimiglia marshalling yards. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack ammunition dumps. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack rail lines, bridge, dump, guns, and building in battle area and score 4 direct hits on observation post South of Cassino; vessels and docks at Civitavecchia and Montalto di Castro, and road bridges and rail lines in the area town of Fondi and rail lines and bridges nearby; railway bridges at Foligno, Sant Elpidio a Mare, and Grosseto viaduct at Terni; and numerous vehicles, dumps, railroads, vessels, and other targets in battle areas and in North Italy.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's again hit defensive positions near Buthidaung. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 40 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Kohima and Kalewa. 28 fighter-bombers pound ammunition dumps and other supplies at Mohnyin and North of Nanyaseik. 9 P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields in Meiktila area. 7 P-40 fighters attack Lakatkawng and support ground forces in the area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mihsien town area and also hit numerous vehicles and troops Northeast of Mihsien, between Yochou and Hsuchang, at Chihsien and North of Yenling. The medium bombers also strafe town of Hsiang-cheng. 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters pound storage area at Tangyang airfield. 10 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) P-40 fighters score 11 direct hits on bridge over the Yellow River North West of Chenghsien, and destroy 15 trucks and many troops between Loyang and Luchou. 10 other P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance sink 3 sampans near Cat Ba Island, knock out bridge at Bac Le, damage another at Kep, and pound Na Cham railroad yards.

Fifth Air Force. 72 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers thoroughly blast Wewak and Boram airfields in a single raid. About 120 A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighter-bombers, operating throughout the day, hit Wewak and Hansa Bay areas, including targets at Nubia, Uligan, Mushu Island, Wewak, and Boram. Airfields at Maffin Bay is bombed by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.

Thirteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters bomb buildings at Monoitu. 17 others, in the course of 6 missions, hit targets, including Japanese occupied huts and buildings at Toiemonapu, Tinputs, and Sisiruai, and bivouacs at Tarlena, Ratsua, and Mawareka. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kulon Plantation and a personnel concentration to the Northeast. Allied fighters sweeps over North Solomons and the Bismarcks continue. P-40 fighters returning from New Britain area bomb Pororan.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wotje while others, based at Makin, strike both Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a rearming base between raids.

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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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