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5th May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon installation at Sottevast.

Ninth Air Force. General Wood assumes command of IX Air Force Services Command.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb supply dump West of Albano Laziale. XII Tactical Air Command A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-40 fighters fly 24 missions cutting rail lines North and Northeast of Rome, and hitting guns North of Anzio beachhead and North of Gaeta, and a dump near Frascati. Bridges at Orvieto and West of Lake Bolsena are damaged by direct hits, a barge at San Stefano al Mare is hit, several trucks destroyed or damaged, rail lines are cut in several places near Sesti Bagni, and aeroplanes are hit at Canino landing ground. Desert Air Force (DAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attacks tracks South of Pisa.

Fifteenth Air Force. 465th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) becomes operational, making total of 20 heavy bomber groups operational in Fifteenth Air Force. 640 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers (the largest force of heavy bombers dispatched by Fifteenth Air Force to date) attack marshalling yard at Ploesti and troop concentrations and town area at Podrorica. Fighters fly over 240 sorties in support.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit concentrations Southeast of Buthidaung. 15 P-38 Lightning fighters hit targets along Tiddim road while 40 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's pound gun positions, camps, villages, and supply dumps South West of Bishenpur and at Kalewa. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Thayaung airfield area. More than 80 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out support of ground forces, hit gun positions and supply dumps, attack troop concentrations, and blast numerous targets throughout the Mogaung Valley. 11 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Naba and vicinity while 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 fighter-bombers hit ammunition dump North of Mohnyin. 12 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb large warehouse East of Monywa. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in harbour off Koh Si Chang Island.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb docks and shipping at Haiphong. 14 P-40 fighters damage bridges at Hsenwi and Wan Pa-Hsa and hit barracks and destroy several trucks at Kentung. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 23 fighter-bombers attack warehouse area at Chiuchiang, causing large fires. 25 Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters thoroughly pound Sinyang marshalling yards and storage area. 10 P-40 fighters sweep road from Loyang to Juchou, claiming 40-50 vehicles and numerous troops destroyed.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mokmer airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit supply areas at Wakde Island and along coast of Maffin Bay. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers again pound targets around Wewak and along coast of Hansa Bay, hitting supply and personnel areas, warehouses, and occupied villages.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb gun positions at Buka. 34 P-39 fighters hit various targets on Bougainville and Buka, including buildings at Porton, Chabai, and Kohiso, pillbox at Pau Island, and road near Tsundawan. Supply area at Chabai is bombed by 12 other P-39 fighters. P-40 fighters bomb buildings at Kieta and at nearby Rigu Mission. Fighter patrols continue over North Solomons and the Bismarcks.

Seventh Air Force. During 4-5 May 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein stage through Eniwetok and bomb Truk. During the day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Eniwetok strike Ponape, and 10 from Makin hit Jaluit and Wotje, using Majuro as rearming base between the attacks.

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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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