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5th March 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 219 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb airfields at Mont-de-Marsan, Cazaux, and Bordeaux but bad cloud conditions force a target change and multiple aborts. 152 heavy bombers bomb airfields secondary and last resort targets at Bergerac, Cognac, and Landes de Bussac.

Ninth Air Force. 217 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack NOBALL targets in Saint-Omer Abbeville area.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional) is disbanded at Palermo. Weather again severely hampers operations, but P-40 fighters hit Pontecorvo and A-36 Apache dive bomber attack Formia.

Eastern Air Command (EAC). During the night, General Wingate's Special Force of long-range penetration troops begin dropping by glider onto Japanese lines of command in Central Burma. United States engineer troops drop first, followed by British 77th and 111th Brigades. Colonel Philip G Cochran's Air Commando unit flies them in, dropping them on a strip designated Broadway, about 50 miles Northeast of Indaw. Another projected drop site, Piccadilly, is unusable as the Japanese have blocked it with fallen trees. Of 67 gliders dispatched, 32 reach Broadway. 539 men, 3 mules, and 65,972 Ibs of supplies are safely put down, including such items as bulldozers and lighting apparatus.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters fly more than 60 sorties against targets in Burma, including artillery positions, storage areas, ground troops, roads, and a bridge. The targets are in the Zigon, Shingban, and Myitkyina areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe Chiengmai airfield, destroying 9 aeroplanes, the water tower, and nearby railroad station. Barracks area is also damaged.

Fifth Air Force. Approximately 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb enemy positions on Los Negros. In Northeast New Guinea, elements of United States 32d Division land at Yaula. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe the area. P-39 fighters pound areas around Madang and Erima. Australian ground forces break out of Ramu Valley and retreat toward Madang.

Thirteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with Navy fighters escort, bomb Simpson Harbour. 4 B-34 Lexington bomber on patrol hit barges anchored off supply dock at nearby Raulavat Plantation. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers follow with raid on Rabaul town area. 13 others, with Navy fighters covering, blast revetment area and airstrip at Tobera. 11 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Borpop airfield, and P-40 fighters and Navy fighters hit barges at Kabanga Bay and off Warangoi River. 16 P-39 fighters attack antiaircraft positions at Monoitu bridge, and 3 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Siar.

Seventh Air Force. The Seventh continues to hit the Marshalls and Carolines. P-40 fighters from Makin carry out fighter-bomber mission against runways and airfield installations at Mille. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Maloelap and Mille. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ponape and last resort targets at Kusaie and Mille.

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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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