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6th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 206 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack airfields at Sanint-Andre-de-L'Eure, Evreux, Fauville, Chateaudun, and Caen, Carpiquet, and V-weapons rocket-launching installation at Eclimeux as targets. Bad weather causes more than 400 heavy bombers to abandon mission.

Ninth Air Force. Around 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapons sites, airfields, and a factory, all in France. Principal targets bombed are at Rosieres-en-Santerre, Amiens, Glisy, Cormeilles-en-Vexin, and Grandvilliers.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Orte marshalling yard while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Frascati road junction. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Campoleone railroad station and town of Roccasecca. P-40 fighters bomb Cisterna di Latina, Santa Lucia near Campoleone, Cori and nearby road junction, and Atina. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit San Stefano al Mare, Cisterna di Latina, Frascati and Albano Laziale, and strike numerous vehicles, railroad cars and other targets on armed reconnaissance missions North and South of Rome. German counteroffensive against Anzio beachhead and on Cassino front forces Allied withdrawal.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather restricts operations to photo and weather reconnaissance flights.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit warehouses and freight cars at Wuntho and claim 4 warehouses destroyed.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe sampans and power launches between Yoyang and Puchi. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridges and damage 3 trains at Anxuan, Tien An, Phong Loc and Dong Hoi.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Bunabun Harbour, Madang, and targets from Bogia to Cape Croisilles. Others bomb targets in Admiralty Islands concentrating on Momote and carry out light attacks on Talasea village and Cape Dampier gun positions in New Britain. P-39 fighters strafe and sink barges near Nubia. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit shipping near Kairiru and Mushu Islands causing considerable damage and destruction.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-34 Lexington bomber and P-39 fighters hit barges in Green Island area. Lakunai airfield is hit by 32 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, covered by more than 60 Army Air Force and Navy fighters, and shortly afterwards by 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by nearly 50 Allied fighters. Allied aircraft claim 16 aeroplanes shot down. Lakunai is practically unserviceable as result of cumulative damage.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Tarawa hit Maloelap and Wotje. A-24 Banshee dive bomber and P-40 fighters from Makin attack Mille. Tarawa based P-39 fighters strafe Jaluit.

M156 Minesweeper
Sunk 6 February 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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