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4th January 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack targets in Germany with most of them bombing port area, Kriegsmarine U-boat yards, and industrial area of Kiel. City of Munster 9 also attacked. United States aeroplanes begin flying supplies from United Kingdom to underground resistance forces in West Europe, this operation being coded CARPETBAGGER.

Ninth Air Force. XIX A Support Command is activated in England, and stationed at Middle Wallop. General Quesada assumes command. 253 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb NOBALL targets in France. Weather makes bombing difficult, and results range from unknown to good.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Brodac town area and marshalling yard, and town of Travnik. P-40 fighters hit bridge and trains and fly patrols over battle line in Italy.

Fifteenth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb Dupnica area in Bulgaria. 29 bomb the target area, but heavy cloud cover causes 77 heavy bombers to return bombs to base. P-38 Lightning fighters escort the heavy bombers the total distance to and from targets. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters provide escort part way.

Fifth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and medium bombers bomb Alexishafen, Madang, and Bogadj areas and hit troops and supplies between Finschhafen and Saidor. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack artillery positions in Cape Gloucester area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shipping at Koepang and in nearby waters.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sohano Island, concentrating on seaplane base and supply area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound gun positions at Tonolai and bomb Chabai. P-39 fighters, B-34 Lexington bomber, and night fighters, operating individually or in small flights, hit targets on Bougainville, including barges at Mutupina Point and along Jaba River, and areas around Buka, Bonis, Poporang Island, Papas, and Banin. 40 Allied fighters attack Rabaul area and claim at least 10 aeroplanes shot down.

Seventh Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Tarawa, bomb Emidj.

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