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
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.
testing began at Peenemünde
and continued until 17 February 1945, when Peenemünde
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