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8th March 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. More than 460 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack ball bearing plant at Erkner with good results. 75 other heavy bombers attack targets, including factory at Wildau and centre of Berlin. Enemy opposition is heavy, and 36 bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. Over 225 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Volkel airfield once and Soesterberg airfield twice in morning and afternoon missions.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike at Orte marshalling yard and Orte, Fabrica di Roma railroad. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Rome, Tiburtina marshalling yard and dock area at Porto Santo Stefano. P-40 fighter-bombers hit gun positions and road junction near Rome while A-36 Apache dive bomber attack road junction near Montalto di Castro, also hitting a bridge and a train, and guns and a castle Southwest of Celano. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit gun emplacements. P-40 fighters strafe vehicles near Rome, Via Appia.

Tenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit airfields at Anisakan, Shwebo, and Onbauk, destroying more than 30 Japanese aeroplanes. Later 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Shwebo, scoring hits along runway and in dispersal area and leaving several Japanese aircraft aflame. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit 2 bridges at Lalawng Ga and Warazup, knocking out the latter. 16 A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit targets from Chanmoi to Shaduzup.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out a number of low-level strikes as Allied ground forces capture Lombrun Plantation on Los Negros, virtually completing capture of the island. More than 70 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Nubia and Awar airstrips, the bombers and escorting fighters claim 17 aeroplanes shot down in Wewak area. Fighters continue to strafe coastal targets in Northeast New Guinea and on New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 23 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Rabaul, blasting Chinatown and wharf area. 46 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters pound dock area East of Rabaul. 9 P-38 Lightning fighters, turning back from Rabaul, bomb Buka airfield.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, striking from Makin, bomb Ponape and Kusaie. A-24 Banshee dive bomber and P-40 fighters, also from Makin, bomb and strafe runways and antiaircraft positions at Mille. Tarawa based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Bombers fly negative search and patrol missions for an enemy submarine. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly cover for a convoy en route from Adak to Shemya.

Wasserfall (Waterfall)
testing began at Peenemünde and continued until 17 February 1945, when Peenemünde was evacuated.

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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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