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4th May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 851 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (13 combat wings) take off to bomb industries at Brunswick and Berlin. Because of thick cloud conditions less than 300 heavy bombers proceed and these are forced to abandon mission over the Low Countries. 48 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers manage to attack Bergen, Alkmaar airfield during withdrawal.

Ninth Air Force. More than 170 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 36 A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb gun emplacements and other military targets at Etretat, Sainte-Marie-Au-Bosc, Etaples, Le Treport, Ault, Fecamp, and Ouistreham.

Twelfth Air Force. Main effort again is against lines of comm. medium bombers hit bridges, tracks, and marshalling yards. P-40 fighters, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit rail lines in and around Priverno, guns and radar station North of Anzio, railroad cars, rail lines, and bridge in Orte, Attigliano and Orte, Narni areas, motor transport and stores East of Frascati, marshalling yards at Colleferro and Follonica, and trucks and personnel on Fondi-Pico road. Vessels at Leghorn and numerous railroad targets at scattered points are attacked.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Kaladan while a single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Akyab. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge at Kalemyo and bomb Tiddim, while 24 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Kohima. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mandalay marshalling yard and barracks and general area at Maymyo. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out bypass bridge near Shweli.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit gun positions at Pailochi. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe 12 sampans between Hong Kong and Luichow Peninsula, killing many soldiers on board.

Fifth Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force bomb Mokmer airfield. 60 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters pound airfields, road, bridges, shipping, barges and other targets in Wewak area. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack bridges over Awar River and targets in Hansa Bay area while fighter-bombers hit targets in Ramu River Valley and on Hansa Bay coast.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Talili Bay area. 43 fighter-bombers hit Vunakanau airfield. Allied fighters sweeps over the Bismarcks continue. 38 P-39 fighters, flying 18 missions, hit several targets on Bougainville, including buildings at Sovele, Tinputs, Reboine Bay area, Monoitu, and in area North of Taki. Targets in Koromira area are also attacked.

Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based at Makin, pound Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as a shuttle base for rearming between the strikes. 39 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein and Eniwetok hit Ponape.

T27 Torpedo boat
Sunk 4 May 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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