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8th April 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 3 separate forces, a total of 639 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers divided into 13 combat wings, are dispatched against airfields in North West Germany and aircraft factories in Brunswick area. More than 600 heavy bombers bomb targets, with the largest force (192 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers) striking at Brunswick. The other heavy bombers bomb airfields including those at Oldenburg, Quakenbruck, Achmer, Rheine, Hesepe, Handorf, and Twente. 34 United States bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. 198 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Hasselt marshalling yard and hit Coxyde airfield. 32 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb area around Hasselt.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridge North West of Orte while A-20 Havoc light bombers successfully attack supply stores. Fighter-bombers hit several bridges, motor transport, and supply dumps in Central Italy, and bomb railroad tracks at Sesti Bagni and Maccarese.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit troop positions near Buthidaung. Nearly 50 others bomb Kohima and Homalin. Nearly 100 fighter-bombers and 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers again pound Mogaung Valley targets, including Manywet, storage areas and railroad at Mogaung, positions at Shaduzup, and general targets around Kamaing. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage bridge and track at Sittang.

Fourteenth Air Force.

11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb railroad yards at Hanoi. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage several small ships in Yulinkan Bay. 2 others strafe airfields on Weichow Island. 8 P-40 fighters pound oil dumps at Wanling, leaving target area in flames. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields on Samah Bay; 4 other s lay mines in the bay.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack targets in Aitape, Wewak area. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit targets in Hansa Bay area, firing fuel dump and destroying several warehouses and other buildings at 3 plantations, and strafing and bombing roads and bridges along the coast.

Thirteenth Air Force. During 7-8 April 1944, 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers heckle Kavieng airfield area. 50 fighter-bombers hit Northeast section of Rabaul. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb centre of Lakunai airfield. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again pound Monoitu Mission.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying out of Kwajalein, strike Truk. Abemama based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Ponape. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Tarawa hit Maloelap, rearm at Mojuro, and bomb Jaluit during return flight.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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