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7th April 1944

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Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges, tracks, and viaduct at Attigliano, Ficulle, Certaldo, Pontassieve, and Incisa in Valdarno, and hit Prato marshalling yard. Light bombers hit ammunition dump. Ausonia, Pignataro Interamna, San Apollinare, and Terracina are bombed by P-40 fighters along with dump and several gun positions Southeast of Rome. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters also hit bridges and trucks in this same area and attack Empoli marshalling yard while A-36 Apache dive bomber hit gun emplacements, train and tracks in Orvieto area and vicinity and approaches to Montalto di Castro bridge.

Fifteenth Air Force. Over 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack marshalling yards at Treviso, Mestre, Bologna, and Ferrara. Almost 100 P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fly sweep over Gorizia, Udine area. Heavy bombers and fighters claim almost 20 aircraft shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Japanese positions near Buthidaung in Arakan area while 24 others over Chindwin region attack villages around Thaungdut and Tamanthi. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit gun positions at Mawlu. Throughout Mogaung Valley more than 100 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit numerous targets including fuel and ammunition stores near Manywet, supplies and railroad station at Myitkyina, supplies and radio station at Sahmaw, Kamaing area, bridges at Nsopzup and supply dumps West of Mogaung. 30 of the fighter-bombers carry out ground support missions at Shaduzup.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe 3 barges and several junks at Saint John Island, leaving them burning. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on sweep from Hong Kong to Formosa claim a large river boat and a small freighter sunk and 2 other freighters damaged. 1 heavy bomber is lost. 4 P-40 fighters attack a large concentration of small vessels at Haiphong, sinking at least 4.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-39 fighters hit villages, barges, supply area, and coastal road in areas around Madang, Tadji, Bogia, and Uligan Harbour. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb barracks at Penfoei. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Langgoer and Wakde Islands.

Thirteenth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers pound supply areas at Ratawul. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Talili Bay, 11 bomb Vunakanau airfield, and 13 blast Tobera airfield. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers maintain night heckling of Rabaul area. 4 P-40 fighters bomb pillboxes near Reini River while 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Monoitu Mission.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Maloelap, rearm at Majuro, and bomb Jaluit on return flight.

Eleventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched to destroy a convoy, believed Southeast of Matsuwa Island, turn back due to engine, navigation, and weather difficulties. A flight of F-7A Tigercat fighter aircraft of the 2d Photo Charting Squadron (1st Photo Group, 311th Photo Wing), arrives. Its mission is mapping of Kuril Islands.

R138 R-boat
Launched 7 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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