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4th February 1944

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United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF). Abbreviation for United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe is changed from United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE) to United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF).

Eighth Air Force. 433 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are to attack industry and railroad yards at Frankfurt Main but due to bad weather and navigational difficulties more than 200 of them bomb targets, including Koblenz, Giessen, Siegen and Trier.

Ninth Air Force. General Weyland becomes Commanding General of XIXA Support Command.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather prevents all medium bombers, lighter bombers, and fighter-bomber missions. P-40 fighters and Spitfires maintain patrols over Aniz area, where a strong German counteroffensive had been launched during 3-4 February 1944.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Antheror viaduct and Toulon harbour. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are forced by bad weather to return bombs to base. Many of the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers returning from Toulon raid are forced to land at various friendly fields because of unsafe flying conditions.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe runways and buildings at Indaw.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out small raids against Laha, Namlea, and Amboina. 170 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb But and Dagua airfields, Marienberg, and Madang, Alexishafen area. P-39 fighters bomb and strafe Atemble and strafe target's in Alexishafen area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 40 fighters, pound airfield at Tobera. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, covered by 30 P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters, hit airfields at Vunakanau.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying from Tarawa and Makin, bomb Wotje, Maloelap, and Mille. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa and Abemama also hit Wotje and Maloelap. P-40 fighters based at Makin bomb and strafe Mille.

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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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