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6th April 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb V-weapon site at Watten.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Perugia airfield while B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridge and its approaches North West of Orvieto. Weather prevents other medium bombers operations. Fighter-bombers attack railroad stations at Capronica and Maccarese, guns Southeast of Littoria, road bridge East of Pescasseroli, railroad bridges in Arezzo area, other rail facilities in C Italy, and small transport vessels in the Aegean.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Zagreb airfield. Numerous other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers abort because of weather. Escorting fighters and the heavy bombers claim 17 fighters destroyed in combat. 6 United States aircraft are shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage railroad and rolling stock at Shwebo. 6 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's bomb Tamanthi area. 80 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troops in Namti area, support ground forces Northeast of Kamaing, damage a bridge near Myitkyina, and hit troops, oil dumps, and supplies at Mogaung and Manywet.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters from Suichwan pound barrack South West of Nanchang, causing heavy damage. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike during 6-7 April 1944, on airfields near Canton is curtailed by bad weather; only 1 medium bombers reaches target, dropping fragmentation bombs on revetments.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to pound coastal targets in Wewak, Aitape, and Madang areas and at numerous other points along coast. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Koepang.

Thirteenth Air Force. 34 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Dublon. 22 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lakunai airfield and revetment area. 30 fighter-bombers bomb vicinity of Toboi wharf with incendiaries while more than 20 others carry out incendiary strike on Wunapope, causing severe destruction to several buildings. Fighters maintain sweep over Rabaul and New Ireland areas.

Twentieth Air Force. General Arnold assumes command of Twentieth Air Force at Washington, DC where Headquarters will remain until July 1945. Chiefs of Staff is General Hansell (currently Deputy Chief of Air Staff), with Colonel Cecil E Combs as his deputy for operations.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bomb Wake. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Eniwetok hit Ponape twice. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Abemama bomb Jaluit, rearm at Majuro, and hit Maloelap during return flight.

R192 R-boat
Sunk 6 April 1944

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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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