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8th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 237 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Frankfurt Main using blind bombing techniques, and 127 bomb V-weapon installations at Watten and Siracourt. 78 heavy bombers bomb targets, including Wiesbaden.

Ninth Air Force. Headquarters Ninth Air Force extends IX Bomber Command's choice of targets considerably, although first priority for POINTBLANK missions (support of Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan)) and next priority for CROSSBOW targets (V-weapon sites) is maintained. In morning raid, nearly 200 medium bombers attack V-weapon sites and targets in North West France. In afternoon raid, more than 100 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites and military installations in same general area, most of the medium bombers attacking Breck-sur-Mer. This is IX Bomber Command's first 2-mission day.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Cisterna di Latina. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Siena marshalling yard and warehouses, and railway bridge Northeast of Civita Castellana. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Piedimonte. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack gun positions near Ausonia, tracks between Rome and Orte, and town of Veroli, and fly strafing and bombing sweeps in Anzio battle area against motor transport, gun positions, road junction East of Cisterna di Latina, and town of Pontecorvo. P-40 fighters hit Roccasecca, Castello, Caprile, Piedimonte, Aquino, and other targets, including supply dump and gun positions. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb Atina. Desert Air Force (DAF) (United States and British) destroy large number of trucks near Sora.

Fifteenth Air Force. 454th Bomber Group (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) becomes operational, giving Fifteenth 10 operational heavy bomber groups. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Viterbo, Tarquinia, Orvieto, Piombino, and Prato. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit marshalling yard at Verona. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escort the Orvieto, Piombino, and Prato missions.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges at Budalin and Songon, displacing a section of the former and destroying an approach to the latter. 7 others hit stronghold at Badana. 16 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and a single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit camp at Mogaung. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe railroad cars North West of Myitkyina while a lone B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs camp at Kumnyen.

Fifth Air Force. Nearly 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Alexishafen and Madang areas. P-39 fighters strafe targets during sweeps over wide areas of Northeast New Guinea and New Britain. During 8-9 February 1944, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Toeal.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters over Bougainville bomb and strafe Tiaraka huts and bivouac area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Makin and Abemama hit Maloelap and Mille.

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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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