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5th January 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Eighth Air Force report concludes that United States daylight strategic bombing program against Germany will be threatened unless steps are taken to reduce the enemy's fighters force, which has increased in strength in the West as a result of step up in production, strengthening of firepower, and transfer of larger percentage of fighters to Western Front. 426 heavy bombers attack targets in Germany and France. 216 of these hit Kiel while the others bomb Tours and Bordeaux airfields, and metals plant and marshalling yard at Neuss. About 25 losses are suffered in these raids.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber hit gun positions North of Mignano and on South slope of Monte Porchia. Weather cancels other operations.

Tenth Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, supported by 8 P-38 Lightning fighters, attack Mu River bridge between Monywa and Ywataung which is being rebuilt. Hits are scored on East bank near the bridge and several sheds are set afire. The escorting fighters damage several nearby railway cars, strafe nearby town, set a barge afire, blow up 4 tin buildings, and claim a river steamer sunk.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and medium bombers bomb Alexishafen, Madang, and Bogadjim areas and attack barges from Finschhafen to Saidor. P-39 fighters hit barges and gun positions during sweep from Sio to Bogadjim.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb concentrations in Choiseul Bay area and Hahela Mission on South Buka Island, while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Tonolai, Kahili supply area, Fauro Island, and Poporang building area.

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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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