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
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
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
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.
Launched 4 March 1944
Commissioned 4 March 1944
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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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