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9th February 1944

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. 133 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb V-weapon sites in coastal France, marshalling yards Tergnier, and targets in area. This marks the first of the IX Bomber Command raids on marshalling yards.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers, in lose support to United States Fifth Army forces, attack motor transport and troop concentrations in Campoleone area while A-20 Havoc light bombers blast another troop concentration to the West. P-40 fighters hit Cisterna di Latina and gun positions. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters pound concentration points of counter-attack against Fifth Army beachhead in Anzio area, strike along main Fifth Army front, and attack villages of Piedimonte and Aquino and gun positions near Cassino and Ausonia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather grounds all aircraft with exception of 1 P-38 Lightning fighter which flies weather reconnaissance mission.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and A-36 Apache dive bomber carry out 75 attack sorties against Seinnyinba, bivouac and supply areas in Mogaung, Loilaw area, bivouac and buildings at Pyindaw, camps at Kumnyen and near Maingkwan and Shingban, and storage area and bivouac on Mogaung, Kamaing road near Sawnghka. A bridge over Namtawng River near Maingkwan also is destroyed.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe and bomb large barracks and oil storage at Chefang and pound town areas of Homun and Mangshih. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers demolish wireless station South West of Haiphong.

Fifth Air Force. Occupation of Huon Peninsula is completed as United States and Australian forces meet Southeast of Saidor. A-20 Havoc light bombers pound village of Mindiri. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Amboina and Lautem.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and Navy fighters cover Navy dive-bomber attack on Vunakanau airfield, scoring many hits on antiaircraft positions, buildings, and runways. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with Navy fighters escort follow with strike on same target, hitting runways and revetment area. 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with 20 P-38 Lightning fighters supporting, hit Tobera airfield, thoroughly saturating runway.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-24 Banshee dive bomber from Makin, along with supporting P-40 fighters, bomb and strafe oil storage and gun positions on Jaluit. During a dusk till Dawn operation on 9-10 February 1944, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers operating at intervals from Tarawa maintain strikes against Wotje Atoll and Taroa.

R135 R-boat
Launched 9 February 1944

R227 R-boat
Launched 9 February 1944

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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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