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
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
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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