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6th January 1944

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Events On This Day

United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE). General Spaatz assumes command and names General Frederick Anderson and General Knerr as Deputy Commanding General for operations and administration.

Eighth Air Force. General Doolittle assumes command, replacing General Eaker who will go to Italy as Commanding General Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Pontedera hitting marshalling yard and Piaggio aircraft factory there, Lucca marshalling yard, and railway North of Follonica. P-40 and A-36 Apache dive bomber fighter-bombers attack gun positions in Cervaro, Monte Trocchio area and near Aquino, town of Cervaro, railway at Civitavecchia, trains North and East of Rome, Velletri train station, and town of Fondi.

Fifteenth Air Force. Control of Fifteenth Air Force operations against targets of Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan) is placed under United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE).

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and A-36 Apache dive bomber carry out ground support missions at Sumprabum and Taihpa Ga and hit cavalry bivouac and dumps at Kamaing. 12 P-40 fighters attack supply dump South of Sahmaw Junction and strafe Pahok.

Fourteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb a troop ship on the Yangtze, Northeast of Tungting Lake. The vessel is reported as sunk.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Alexishafen and Bogadjim areas. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack targets along road from Bogadjim to Yaula. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack targets on Huon Peninsula and others hit Borgen Bay area. P-39 fighters strafe barges at Borgen and Rein Bays.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters sweep Rabaul area, claiming 9 Zeros shot down during running battle over Cape Gazelle area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-34 Lexington bomber bomb and strafe targets in Choiseul Bay area, including jetty areas and buildings at Tarekekori, targets on Morgusaia Island, and gun positions on Kondakanimboko Island.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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