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5th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack airfields at Chateauroux, Avord, Tours, Chateaudum, Orleans, and Villacoublay, and aircraft works at Villacoublay. In view of previous decision to concentrate most of training activities of Eighth Air Force in Composite Command, a decision is made to transfer Headquarters from Limavady, Northern Ireland, to Cheddington, England, to bring it closer to the combat crew training stations over which it is to be given supervision. Most of the transfer is completed between 7 February 1944 and 15 February 1944.

Ninth Air Force. Around 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack 6 V-weapon sites in North France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Terni marshalling yard, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Lanuvio and Piedimonte areas. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit road junctions at Cisterna di Latina, Vetralla, and Velletri, bomb towns of Vetralla, Ardea, and Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi, and attack motor transport at several points, including areas North, Northeast and Southeast of Rome.

Tenth Air Force. In early morning hours, 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Heho while 6 others hit Aungban airfield. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers follow with strikes on Heho, Sagaing, and Myittha airfields. During daylight hours 14 fighter-bombers hit marshalling yard at Wuntho. During 5-6 February 1944, 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again hit Heho and 4 bomb Aungban.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers during 5-6 February 1944, bomb Bangkok. 3 others hit Nakhon Nayok and unidentified airfield on Mekong River. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack convoy East of Hong Kong and claim 2 freighters and 3 smaller cargo vessels sunk. 4 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe big wagon and truck column North of Hsenwi. 4 others bomb and strafe Hopang, causing large fires in the village.

Fifth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack Hansa Bay area. 48 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Hoskins airfield, and some also bomb Gasmata, after weather prevents attack on Kavieng. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly light raid on Kamimana. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on armed reconnaissance in West Bismarck Sea claim 1 freighter sunk. Others bomb wrecked ships off New Hanover.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join 40 plus Navy fighters in covering a strike by more than 60 Navy dive bombers on Lakunai. This strike is followed by an attack of 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with 30 P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters escort, on same target.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Makin dive-bomb and strafe oil storage area, radio facilities, and small craft at Jaluit. P-39 fighters strafe runways on Mille.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters join Navy aircraft to fly air cover in several relays during retirement of United States light cruisers and destroyers following bombardment of installations in the Kurabu Cape Musashi Bay areas. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft also photograph and attack installations at Paramushiru and Shimushu.

M156 Minesweeper
Sustains damage after engaging with British destroyers.

M277 Minesweeper
Commissioned 5 February 1944

T31 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 5 February 1944

T36 Torpedo boat
Launched 5 February 1944

R306 R-boat
Is cannibalised and broken up.

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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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