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5th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon installation at Saint-Pol, Siracourt. Heavy clouds and failure of blind bombing equipment cause more than 30 other heavy bombers to return to base without bombing. More than 450 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack airfields and other ground targets in Germany and West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather precludes all light bombers and medium bombers action. P-40 fighters hit Colleferro railway station, several fuel dumps, and gun positions in United States Fifth Army battle areas. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb Formia, and railway stations North West of Rome and in Frosinone area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 334 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ploesti, town area of Leskovac, and marshalling yard at Nish. Fighters and antiaircraft shoot down 13 heavy bombers.

Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb railroad from Moulmein to Kanchanaburi, destroying 3 bridges, damaging several others, and causing much damage to track and railroad cars. 6 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's over Chindwin area pound targets around Thaungdut.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Yungning pound railroad siding at Na Cham, destroying 8 boxcars and a considerable amount of track.

Fifth Air Force. 270 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Hollandia town and dock area and villages and stores around Humboldt Bay. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-40 fighters blast numerous targets in Hansa Bay, Bogia and Wewak areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Kaimana and Efman Island. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Koepang.

Thirteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Kara. Bad weather cancels all missions against targets in the Bismarcks.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Maloelap, bomb up again at Majuro, and hit Jaluit during return trip.

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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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