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7th January 1944

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Events On This Day

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 Hong Kong.

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 and Boela.

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.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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