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4th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 31 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Kleinmachnow area South West of Berlin, becoming the first United States bombers to hit the German capital area. Around 180 heavy bombers attack targets including Bonn, Dusseldorf, and Cologne. Snow flurries and clouds cause cancellation of 1 bomb divisions participation in mission and more than 250 of the 510 heavy bombers dispatched abort.

Ninth Air Force. 251 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 21 A-20 Havoc light bombers scheduled to bomb Malines marshalling yard and Bernay, Saint Martin airfield abort mission because of heavy cloud cover over targets.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels most Twelfth Air Force operations. P-40 fighters fly a few sorties against gun emplacements in battle area, and others uneventfully patrol Anzio area.

Tenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters, and a single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb dumps, roads, bivouac area, and other targets in Seton, Sawnghka, Pinbaw, and Walawbum areas. Numerous fighters carry out patrol and armed reconnaissance sorties in Sumprabum area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 23 P-40 fighters 16 of them Chinese pound airfield at Kiungshan. The airfield is heavily damaged and several parked aeroplanes are destroyed. The medium bombers and fighters claim 17 interceptors shot down. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters and 2 Chinese B-25 Mitchell medium bombers claim a freighter, a tanker, and a motor launch sunk in Shihhweiyao and Wuhu areas. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Thanh Hoa chromium mine and Campha Port docks. 2 P-40 fighters strafe railroad yards and warehouses at Hongay and Campha Port. 5 P-40 fighters are dispatched to bomb Cao Bang but because of bad weather attack Chinese held Lungchow by mistake. 6 waves of Japanese aeroplanes bomb airfields at Suichwan, causing considerable damage.

Fifth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers support ground forces on Los Negros Island. More than 30 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with fighters escort, pound airfields in Wewak area. More than 20 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Hollandia. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb buildings and gun positions in Saidor area.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join Navy fighters and dive bombers in strike on antiaircraft positions and targets in Rabaul area. 4 patrolling B-34 Lexington bomber hit targets along both coasts on New Ireland and at Vunalama and Mandres Plantations on New Britain. 48 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters, along with 20 Navy fighters, hit Rabaul town area in 3 closely spaced attacks. P-38 Lightning fighters also attack targets on Duke of York Island. 12 P-39 fighters hit Monoitu and targets along South West coast of Bougainville. B-34 Lexington bomber join Navy planes in attacks on Japanese embarkation ports around Choiseul Bay. Shortland Island targets are hit by P-40 fighters on patrol.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Makin bomb and strafe runways at Mille. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa bomb airfields installations and runways on Wotje.

M294 Minesweeper
Launched 4 March 1944

M327 Minesweeper
Commissioned 4 March 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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