Eighth Air Force. 420 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers hit I G Farben industrial plant at Ludwigshafen.
12 aircraft are lost on mission.
Ninth Air Force. 35 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26
Marauder medium bombers bomb Cherbourg, Maupertus airfield.
Bad weather restricts further operations.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers strike Perugia airfield. A-20 Havoc
light bombers hit defences in close support of United States
Fifth Army. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit marshalling yards
at Foligno and Arezzo and attack bridge at Roccasecca. A-36
Apache dive bomber hit gun positions, trucks, and trains in
Cervaro, Aquino, Cassino area, bomb Aquino station, and hit
Velletri railway yards. P-40 fighters give close support in
Monte Maio, Monte La Chiaia, Monte Porchia, and Cedro Hill
areas as Fifth Army drives toward Rapido River.
Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters
escort, bomb an aircraft factory at Maribor and a torpedo
factory at Fiume. The P-38 Lightning fighters battle a superior
number of enemy fighters over Maribor area. 3 P-38 Lightning
fighters are lost and several others are missing. 4 fighters
are claimed destroyed, with 1 probably downed and 4 damaged,
during the fierce half hour fight.
Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and 15 P-38 Lightning fighters pound
Lanywa area, hitting oil plant and storage tanks, causing
several fires, and strafe several antiaircraft positions.
19 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
bomb supply and troop concentrations at Nanyaseik.
Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 6 P-40 fighters sink 2 large
boats on the Yangtze South of Hukow and sink a large powerboat,
a barge, and a small ore craft at Shihhweiyao. 11 P-38 Lightning
fighters claim between 30 and 40 sampans destroyed along the
river from Hankow to Chiuchiang. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
on sea sweep claim a 300 ft passenger vessel sunk South of
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-39
fighters, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Alexishafen,
Madang area, hit Erima, Bogadjim, and targets along Bogadjim
Road, attack positions from Weber Point to Vincke Point, and
strafe huts and barges near Saidor. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb Cape Gloucester area. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit forces
near Arawe. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also hit Lorengau
Thirteenth Air Force. General Hubert Harmon becomes Commanding
General. 8 squadrons of Allied fighters support Navy dive
bombers in attack on Cape Saint George area. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb Vunakanau airfield.
Launched 7 January 1944
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