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7th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb bridge approach South of Manziana. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Viterbo marshalling yard and, in support of United States Fifth Army troops, bomb town of Cisterna di Latina as enemy counter-attack begins in Anzio area. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Piedimonte and road junction and railway station at Campoleone. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit San Stefano al Mare and nearby railroad siding, Pontecorvo and Belmonte in Sabina, plus several targets and targets in support of ground forces in battle areas. P-40 fighters attack observation tower at Littoria, trucks at Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi, Campoleone, a railroad gun, Sezze railroad yards, Cisterna di Latina, and gun positions in battle areas. Fighters encounter heavy aircraft activity over Anzio battle area and claim 16 shot down.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather again limits operations to photo and weather reconnaissance missions.

Tenth Air Force. A single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bomber bombs motor pool at Sumprabum.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers damage railroad bridges at Kienchang and Puchi and strafe warehouses at Teian. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers score 2 direct hits on powerplant at Thanh Hoa, strafe nearby barracks, and attack radio station at Vinh.

Fifth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Amboina and Lautem. P-39 fighters fly strafing sweeps over New Britain. Single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on reconnaissance bomb Garua Harbour, Cape Dampier, and Kavieng.

Thirteenth Air Force United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join Navy fighters in covering Navy dive-bomber strike on Tobera. Several gun positions and grounded aircraft are hit and runway is bombed into unserviceable condition. 11 aircraft are claimed shot down. Vunakanau airfield is bombed by 17 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy fighters.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa and Abemama hit Wotje and Maloelap. P-40 fighters from Makin hit storage area at Jaluit.

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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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