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02/02/44

Fifteenth AF

B-24's, with Spitfire escort, bomb radar station at Durazzo.


02/02/44

USSR

Stalin agrees to provide 6 bases for US aircraft in USSR. Soviet Army crosses into Estonia, and in Ukraine attacks along a 60-mile front.


02/02/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Sorong and Alexishafen. Nearly 50 A-20's pound installations in Madang area. B-25's hit New Britain costal tgts from Cape Gauffre to Rein Bay. Other B-25's attack shipping off Tingwon Is and off SE coast of New Britain.


02/02/44

Seventh AF

A-24's and P-40's from Makin bomb Mille runways and gun positions and along with P-39 escort strafe NE tip of the island. B-24's from Tarawa bomb Rongelap I.


02/03/44

Eighth AF

543 Hbs attack Wilhelmshaven while 61 bomb Emden T/Os. Bad weather causes more than 100 HB to abort mission.


02/03/44

Ninth AF

358th Ftr Gp becomes operational. This is the first of 17 ftr gps which are to be added by 9 May 44 to the Ninth AF, which previously had only 1 ftr gp, the 354th. 52 B-26's bomb V-weapon sites on W coast of France. Weather causes over 100 other aircraft to abandon mission.


02/03/44

Twelfth AF

MB missions are all abortive. A-36's, hit roads and other tgts S of Rome, destroying or damaging numerous trucks and bombing towns of Seese and Fondi as US ground forces meet strong resistence in dirve toward Cassino. P-47's hit Manopello and railroad facilities at Sulmona. Ftrs patrol Anzio area.


02/03/44

Fifteenth AF

B-24's, finding primary tgt obscured by bad weather, bomb T/Os (railroad yards and stations) at Stimigliano and Sulmona. Other B-24's return to base without bombing. P-47's fly ftr sweep over Prato-Pontassieve area.


02/03/44

Tenth AF

16 P-38's attack bridges, encampments, and buildings along Prome-Taungup road. 1 bridge is knocked out and another damaged. Atugboat is sunk at Akyab. 14 A-36's and a B-25 attack troops and camp area at Kumnyen and Lalawng Ga, and hit motor pool and repair depot at Shingban. 16 P-51's hit encampment at Sawnghka.


02/03/44

Fifth AF

Nearly 100 B-24's and B-25's, supported by P-38's, P-40's and P-47's, pound A/Fs in Wewak area. About 80 airplanes are destroyed on the ground an in the air. A-20's attack Alexishafen and Hansa Bay areas. P-39's and B-25's on armed rcn hit trucks at Erima, barges on New Britain coast, shipping in N Bismarck Sea, and Momote and Hyane Harbor.


02/03/44

Thirteenth AF

AAF P-40's and Navy ftrs cover Navy dive-dmr strike on Tobera. 15 B-24's with P-38 and Navy ftr escort bomb A/F at Lakunai. Allied aircraft claim 13 interceptors downed during the 2 strikes.


02/03/44

Seventh AF

P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe Mille.


02/04/44

USSTAF

Abbreviation for US Strategic Air Forces in Europe is changed from USSAFE to USSTAF.


02/04/44

Eighth AF

433 HBs are to attack industry and railroad yards at Frankfurt/Main but due to bad weather and navigational difficulties more than 200 of them bomb T/Os, including Koblenz, Giessen, Siegen and Trier.


02/04/44

Ninth AF

Gen Weyland becomes CG of XIXA Spt Cmd.


02/04/44

Twelfth AF

Weather prevents all MB, LB, and FB missions. P-40's and Spitfires maintain patrols over Aniz area, where a strong German counter-offensive had been launched during 3/4 Feb."


02/04/44

Fifteenth AF

B-17's bomb Antheror viaduct and Toulon harbor. B-24's are forced by bad weather to return bombs to base. Many of the B-17's returning from Toulon raid are forced to land at various friendly fields because of unsafe flying conditions."


02/04/44

Tenth AF

12 P-51's strafe runways and buildings at Indaw.


02/04/44

Fifth AF

B-24's and B-25's carry out small raids against Laha, Namlea, and Amboina. 170-plus B-24's, A-20's, and B-25's bomb But and Dagua A/Fs, Marienberg, and Madang-Alexishafen area. P-39's bomb and strafe Atemble and strafe T/O's in Alexishafen area.


02/04/44

Thirteenth AF

25 B-25's, escorted by 40-plus ftrs, pound A/F at Tobera. 18 B-24's, covered by 30-plus P-38's and Navy ftrs, hit A/F at Vunakanau.


02/04/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, flying from Tarawa and Makin, bomb Wotje, Maloelap, and Mille. B-25's from Tarawa and Abemama also hit Wotje and Maloelap. P-40's based at Makin bomb and strafe Mille.


02/05/44

Eighth AF

450 B-17's and B-24's attack A/Fs at Chateauroux, Avord, Tours, Chateaudum, Orleans, and Villacoublay, and aircraft works at Villacoublay. In view of previous decision to concentrate most of trg activities of Eighth AF in Com Cmd, a decision is made to transfer HQ from Limavady, N Ireland, to Cheddington, England, to bring it closer to the combat crew trg stations over which it is to be given supervision. Most of the transfer is completed between 7 and 15 Feb.


02/05/44

Ninth AF

Around 180 B-26's attack 6 V-weapon sites in N France.


02/05/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Terni M/Y, and A-20's hit Lanuvio and Piedimonte areas. P-40's and A-36's hit road junctions at Cisterna di Latina, Vetralla, and Velletri, bomb towns of Vetralla, Ardea, and Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi, and attack motor transport at several points, including areas N, NE and SE of Rome.


02/05/44

Tenth AF

In early morning hours, 8 B-24's bomb A/F at Heho while 6 others hit Aungban A/F. 9 B-25's follow with strikes on Heho, Sagaing, and Myittha A/Fs. During daylight hrs 14 FBs hit M/Y at Wuntho. During 5/6 Feb, 9 B-24's again hit Heho and 4 bomb Aungban.


02/05/44

Fourteenth AF

8 B-24's during 5/6 Feb bomb Bangkok. 3 others hit Nakhon Nayok and unidentified A/F on Mekong R. 2 B-24's and 2 B-25's attack convoy E of Hong Kong and claim 2 freighters and 3 smaller cargo vessels sunk. 4 P-40's on armed rcn strafe big wagon and truck column N of Hsenwi. 4 others bomb and strafe Hopang, causing large fires in the village.


02/05/44

Fifth AF

70-plus B-25's and A-20's attack Hansa Bay area. 48 B-24's pound Hoskins A/F, and some also bomb Gasmata, after weather prevents attack on Kavieng. B-24's fly light raid on Kamimana. B-25's on armed rcn in W Bismarck Sea claim 1 freighter sunk; others bomb wrecked ships off New Hanover.


02/05/44

Thirteenth AF

24 P-40's join 40 plus Navy ftrs in covering a strike by more than 60 Navy dive bmrs on Lakunai. This strike is followed by an attack of 13 B-24's, with 30-plus P-38 and Navy ftr escort, on same tgt.


02/05/44

Seventh AF

P-40's from Makin dive-bomb and strafe oil storage area, radio facilities, and small craft at Jaluit. P-39's strafe runways on Mille.


02/05/44

Eleventh AF

6 B-24's and 16 P-38's join Navy aircraft to fly air cover in several relays during retirement of US light cruiserrs and destroyers following bombardment of installations in the Kurabu Cape-Musashi Bay areas. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft also photograph and attack installations at Paramushiru and Shimushu.


02/06/44

Eighth AF

206 HBs attck A/Fs at Sanint-Andre-de-L'Eure, Evreux/Fauville, Chateaudun, and Caen/Carpiquet, and rocket-launching installation at Eclimeux as T/Os. Bad weather causes more than 400 HBs to abandon mission.


02/06/44

Ninth AF

Around 120 B-26's bomb V-weapons sites, A/Fs, and a factory, all in France. Principal tgts bombed are at Rosieres-en-Santerre, Amiens/Glisy, Cormeilles-en-Vexin, and Grandvilliers.


02/06/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb Orte M/Y while B-25's hit Frascati road junction. A-20's bomb Campoleone railroad station and town of Roccasecca. P-40's bomb Cisterna di Latina, Santa Lucia (near Campoleone), Cori (and nearby road junction), and Atina. A-36's hit San Stefano al Mare, Cisterna di Latina, Frascati and Albano Laziale, and strike numerous vehicles, railroad cars and other T/Os on armed rcn missions N and S of Rome. German counteroffensive against Anzio beachhead and on Cassino front forces Allied withdrawal.


02/06/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather restricts operations to photo and weather rcn flights.


02/06/44

Tenth AF

12 P-51's hit warehouses and freight cars at Wuntho and claim 4 warehouses destroyed.


02/06/44

Fourteenth AF

11 P-40's on armed rcn strafe sampans and power launches between Yoyang and Puchi. 6 B-25's knock out bridges and damage 3 trains at Anxuan, Tien An, Phong Loc and Dong Hoi.


02/06/44

Fifth AF

B-25's and B-24's pound Bunabun Harbor, Madang, and tgts from Bogia to Cape Croisilles. Others bomb tgts in Admiralty Is (concentrating on Momote) and carry out light attacks on Talasea village and Cape Dampier gun positions in New Britain. P-39's strafe and sink barges near Nubia. A-20's hit shipping near Kairiru and Mushu Is causing con3iderable damage and destruction.


02/06/44

Thirteenth AF

B-34's and P-39's hit barges in Green I area. Lakunai A/F is hit by 32 B-25's, covered by more than 60 AAF and Navy ftrs, and shortly afterwards by 19 B-24's, escorted by nearly 50 Allied ftrs. Allied aircraft claim 16 airplanes shot down. Lakunai is practically unservicable as result of cumulative damage.


02/06/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa hit Maloelap and Wotje. A-24's and P-40's from Makin attack Mille. Tarawa-based P-39's strafe Jaluit.


02/07/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb bridge approach S of Manziana. B-25's hit Viterbo M/Y and, in spt of US Fifth Army troops, bomb town of Cisterna di Latina as enemy counterattack begins in Anzio area. A-20's hit Piedimonte and road junction and railway station at Campoleone. A-36's hit San Stefano al Mare and nearby railroad siding, Pontecorvo and Belmonte in Sabina, plus several T/Os and tgts in spt of ground forces in battle areas. P-40's attack observation tower at Littoria, trucks at Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi, Campoleone, a railroad gun, Sezze railroad yards, Cisterna di Latina, and gun positions in battle areas. Ftrs encounter heavy aircraft activity over Anzio battle area and claim 16 shot down."


02/07/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather again limits operations to photo and weather rcn missions.


02/07/44

Tenth AF

A single B-25 bombs motor pool at Sumprabum.


02/07/44

Fourteenth AF

16 P-40's and 4 P-51's damage railroad bridges at Kienchang and Puchi and strafe warehouses at Teian. 2 B-25's score 2 direct hits on powerplant at Thanh Hoa, strafe nearby barracks, and attack radio station at Vinh.


02/07/44

Fifth AF

14 B-24's bomb Amboina and Lautem. P-39's fly strafing sweeps over New Britain. Single B-25's on rcn bomb Garua Harbor, Cape Dampier, and Kavieng.


02/07/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's join Navy ftrs in covering Navy dive-bmr strike on Tobera. Several gun positions and grounded aircraft are hit and runway is bombed into unserviceable condition. 11 aircraft are claimed shot down. Vunakanau A/F is bombed by 17 B-24's, escorted by P-38's and Navy ftrs.


02/07/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Tarawa and Abemama hit Wotje and Maloelap. P-40's from Makin hit storage area at Jaluit."


02/08/44

Eighth AF

237 HBs attack Frankfurt/Main (using blindbombing techniques), and 127 bomb V-weapon installations at Watten and Siracourt. 78 HBs bomb T/Os, including Wiesbaden.


02/08/44

Ninth AF

HQ Ninth AF extends IX BC's choice of tgts considerably, although first priority for POINTBLANK missions (spt of CBO) and next priority for CROSSBOW tgts (V-weapon sites) is maintained. In morning raid, nearly 200 MBs attack V-weapon sites and T/Os in NW France. In afternoon raid, more than 100 B-26's bomb V-weapon sites and military installations in same general area, most of the MBs attacking Breck-sur-Mer. This is IX BC's first 2-mission day.


02/08/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Cisterna di Latina. B-26's hit Siena M/Y and warehouses, and railway bridge NE of Civita Castellana. A-20's bomb Piedimonte. A-36's 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 E of Cisterna di Latina, and town of Pontecorvo. P-40's hit Roccasecca, Castello, Caprile, Piedimonte, Aquino, and other tgts, including supply dump and gun positions. P-47's bomb Atina. DAF Mrs (US and British) destroy large number of trucks near Sora.


02/08/44

Fifteenth AF

454th Bomb Gp (B-24) becomes operational, giving Fifteenth 10 operational HB gps. B-24's bomb A/Fs at Viterbo, Tarquinia, Orvieto, Piombino, and Prato. B-17's hit M/Y at Verona. P-38's and P-47's escort the Orvieto, Piombino, and Prato missions.


02/08/44

Tenth AF

7 B-25's 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's and P-51's and a single B-25 hit camp at Mogaung. 4 P-51's strafe railroad cars NW of Myitkyina while a lone B-25 bombs camp at Kumnyen.


02/08/44

Fifth AF

Nearly 50 A-20's and B-25's hit Alexishafen and Madang areas. P-39's strafe T/Os during sweeps over wide areas of NE New Guinea and New Britain. During 8/9 Feb, B-25's bomb Toeal.


02/08/44

Thirteenth AF

P-39's over Bougainville bomb and strafe Tiaraka huts and bivouac area.


02/08/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Makin and Abemama hit Maloelap and Mille.


02/09/44

Ninth AF

133 B-26's bomb V-weapon sites in coastal France, M/Ys t Tergnier, and T/Os in area. This marks the first of the IX BC raids on M/Ys.


02/09/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's and B-26's, in lose spt to US Fifth Army forces, lttack motor transport and troop concentrations in Campoleone area while A-20's blast another troop concentration to the W. P-40's hit Cisterna di Latina and gun positions. A-36's and P-40's pound concentration points of counterattack 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.


02/09/44

Fifteenth AF

Weather grounds all aircraft with exception of 1 P-38 which flies weather rcn mission.


02/09/44

Tenth AF

B-25's, P-51's, P-38's, P-40's, and A-36's carry out 75 attack sorties against Seinnyinba, bivouac and supply areas in MogaungLoilaw 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 R near Maingkwan also is destroyed.


02/09/44

Fourteenth AF

16 P-40's strafe and bomb large barracks and oil storage at Chefang and pound town areas of Homun and Mangshih. 2 B-25's demolish wireless station SW of Haiphong.


02/09/44

Fifth AF

Occupation of Huon Peninsula is completed as US and Australian forces meet SE of Saidor. A-20's pound village of Mindiri. B-24's bomb Amboina and Lautem.


02/09/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's and Navy ftrs cover Navy dive-bmr attack on Vunakanau A/F, scoring many hits on AA positions, buildings, and runways. 24 B-24's with Navy ftr escort follow with strike on same tgt, hitting runways and revetment area. 19 B-24's, with 20 P-38's supporting, hit Tobera A/F, thoroughly saturating runway.


02/09/44

Seventh AF

A-24's from Makin, along with supporting P-40's, bomb and strafe oil storage and gun positions on Jaluit. During a dusk-todawn operation on 9/10 Feb B-24's operating at intervals from Tarawa maintain strikes against Wotje Atoll and Taroa.


02/10/44

Eighth AF

138 HBs attack industrial area of Brunswick; fierce opposition accounts for loss of 29 aircraft. 28 airplanes bomb A/F at Gilze-Rijen.


02/10/44

Ninth AF

114 B-26's attack V-weapon sites in coastal France, A/Fs at Poix and Beauvais/Tille, bridge at Le Crotoy, and coastal battery N of Conch R.


02/10/44

Twelfth AF

LB and MB missions are aborted because of bad weather. P-40's and A-36's spt unsuccessful attempt of US Fifth Army's 1st Div to stem attack in Carroceto area. P-47's fail to locate tgt (Sora) and drop bombs at T/Os.


02/10/44

Fifteenth AF

B-17's bomb Albano Laziale, Cisterna di Latina, and Cecina. B-24's strike Campoleone and Velletri. P-38's bomb and strafe Tivoli, Vicovaro, and Monterotondo area. P-47's fly uneventful sweeps over Cisterna di Roma and Albano. Numerous HBs are forced to abort operations because of unsafe flying conditions.


02/10/44

Tenth AF

9 B-24's bomb Ban Mah arsenal at Bangkok and Don Maung A/F immediately to the N. 3 B-24's bomb Prome and Akyab, 9 B-25's pound Chiradan and Godusara, and 16 P-51's hit barracks and road at Chishidu.


02/10/44

Fourteenth AF

8 P-40's bomb Wanling and vicinity while 3 others fly top cover. The tgt area, a supply, staging, and trg center, is heavily damaged. 5 B-24's during 9/10 Feb mine mouth of the Yangtze. B-25's on sea sweeps claim 2 freighters sunk near Hainan I and SW of Hong Kong. 12 P-51's and P-38's strafe boats and parked airplanes in Chiuchiang area. 12 P-40's strafe power boats and sampans along the Yangtze from Puchi to Yoyang.


02/10/44

Fifth AF

50-plus B-24's bomb Boram A/F and harbor at Wewak. 6 B-25's and a B-24 hit Momote A/F and jetties at Manus I. P-39's strafe T/Os during sweep over wide areas of New Britain. The junction of Allied forces from Arawe and Cape Gloucester marks completion of campaign for W end of New Britain; occasional missions will still be flown in the area, but most will be restricted to barge sweeps and patrols.


02/10/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's and Navy ftrs cover Navy dive-bmr attack on Vunakanau A/F. B-25's with ftr escort bomb Vunakanau later in the day. Tobera is pounded by 21 B-24's supported by P-38's and Navy ftrs. The Allied airplanes claim 30-plus aircraft downed in New Britain area. P-39's hit buildings at Bonis and barges in Matchin Bay and near Green I.


02/10/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Tarawa hit Wotje and Maloelap. 3 B-24's from Abemama, sent to bomb weather and radio station on Rongelap I, abort due to fuel leak in lead HB. Attempt to bomb Jaluit during return flight is unsuccessful.


02/11/44

Eighth AF

180 HBs attack industrial tgts at Frankfurt/Main and Vweapon site at Saint-Pol/Siracourt. 130 HBs bomb Ludwigshafen and other T/Os when failure of blind-bombing equipment causes diversion from primary tgts. First P-51's join VIII FC.


02/11/44

Ninth AF

Most of 139 B-26's dispatched to attack NOBALL tgts in N France are recalled because of bad weather. 35 manage to bomb M/Y at Amiens.


02/11/44

Fifteenth AF

All operations grounded by bad weather.


02/11/44

Twelfth AF

Bad weather cancels operations."


02/11/44

Tenth AF

10 A-36's and P-51's hit supply area at Sawnghka. 12 A-36's and P-51's and a single B-25 bomb supply and bivouac area at Pyindaw. 8 P-51's hit road junction near Mogaung and nearby supply area. 8 P-51's and P-40's on armed rcn strafe large river steamer and a launch in Mandalay-Shwebo area.


02/11/44

Fourteenth AF

12 P-38's knock out 1 bridge and damage another at Sheklung. 6 B-25's, escorted by 20 US and Chinese P-40's, bomb storage area at Kai Tek A/F. The P-40's claim 5 ftrs shot down. Japanese aircraft bomb and strafe Namyung, putting the field out of use for several days.


02/11/44

Fifth AF

About 50 B-24's pound A/F at Kavieng, and 2 bomb Garove I. 7 B-24's bomb Kendari A/F and Dili. P-40's and RAAF airplanes pound forces still remaining in Saidor rea. Ftr sweeps and armed rcn continue over wide areas of SWPA.


02/11/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's join Navy trs in covering Navy dive-bmr strike on Wunapope. 22 B-25's, escorted by Navy ftrs, pound Vunakanau A/F. robera A/F is bombed by 15 B-24's vith P-38 and Navy ftr escort.


02/11/44

Seventh AF

P-40's and P-39's dive-bomb and strafe hangar and A/F installations and gun positions on Mille.


02/12/44

Eighth AF

85 B-24's bomb V-weapon installation at Saint-Pol/Siraourt.


02/12/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's attack gun ositions at Campoleone and surrounding area. B-26's hit Cecina. A-36's hit airplanes and trucks on landng ground and in area near Fabrica di Roma, attack troops in the area, bomb gun positions SW of Rocasecca, and hit towns of Fondi and Januvio. P-40's attack Cisterna di Roma, Sezze station and road junction, Cori, and gun positions NW of Atina.


02/12/44

Fifteenth AF

B-17's and B-24's strike troop concentrations and highways in Cecina area and near Lake Nemi. Bad weather causes all other missions to abort.


02/12/44

Tenth AF

8 P-40's hit town of Ransa and motor convoys S of Sumrabum. 40 P-51's and A-36's attack bivouacs at Walawbum, bivouac and motor pool at Padaw, storage area at road junction near Chishidu, and town of Chishidu. 30-plus P-51's and B-25's hit camps between Tsumhpawng Ga and Walawbum, storage area and motor pool S of Kamaing, motor convoy on Myitkyina-Sumprabum road, town of Namting, and bridges at Meza and Kanni.


02/12/44

Fourteenth AF

9 P-40's pound warehouse area at Wanling. 6 others bomb barracks at Vinh and strafe Dong Cuong A/F, railroad yards at Cam Duong, and sampans at Phu Tho. 5 B-25's on sea sweep in Gulf of Tonkin claim 2 trawlers sunk and hit shore T/Os SW of Haiphong. A single B-25 damages bridge at Ha Trung. 24 P-38's, P-51's, and P-40's intercept 25 ftrs near Suichwan, claiming 7 shot down. 2 US ftrs are lost.


02/12/44

Fifth AF

Gen Connell resumes cmd of V AFSC. About 50 A-20's blast occupied areas SE of Wewak.


02/12/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's, with Navy ftrs in spt, bomb Tobera A/F. 21 B-24's, escorted by P-39's and Navy ftrs, pound Vunakanau A/F. P-40's join Navy ftrs in covering Navy dive-bmr strike on Lakunai.


02/12/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Tarawa and Abemama hit Wotje and Maloelap. A-24's and P-39's from Makin bomb and strafe Mille.


02/13/44

CCS

CCS accepts revision of CBO Plan. The tgts are reduced to a number that can be decisively attacked and tgt lists are revised to keep up with the effort of the Germans to relocate vital industrial plants. Disruption of comm lines and reduction of German air power are high priority aims included in CCS directive on this date.


02/13/44

Eighth AF

377 B-17's and B-24's bomb 17 V-weapon tgts in Pas de Calais area. 39 bomb T/Os in the area.


02/13/44

Ninth AF

182 MBs attack V-weapon sites in coastal area of France. 16 others bomb secondary tgts in the area."


02/13/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb Bucine viaduct. B-25's and A-20's spt Fifth Army forces N and E of Anzio beachhead, blasting ammo dump and troop and vehicle concentrations. P-40 and A-36 FBs give spt in same areas, hitting troop concentrations, railway tunnel, buildings, vehicles, supply dump, and gun positions.


02/13/44

Fifteenth AF

Operations are restricted to weather rcn.


02/13/44

Tenth AF

6 P-51's and a B-25 damage road bridge and 2 warehouses in Wuntho area. 32 P-51's and A-36's hit supply area and radio installations S of Kamaing and blast bivouacs S of Walawbum. 18 P-51's hit road and railroad junction N of Sahmaw, bivouac N of Kamaing, and camp between Tsumhpawng Ga and Walawbum. During the night, 16 B-24's bomb Heho A/F.


02/13/44

Fourteenth AF

23 B-24's pound railroad shops at Vinh. 4 B-25's hit convoy E of Foochow, claiming 3 freighters and a transport sunk. 4 other B-25's damage 2 vessels off SW Hainan I and bomb dock, railroad, and oil dump at Bakli. 6 P-40's bomb and strafe barracks and hangars at Phu Tho and strafe freight cars at Yen Bay and Suo Ha.


02/13/44

Fifth AF

24 A-20's hit Aitape. 70-plus B-25's pound Momote A/F. 35 B-24's bomb Kavieng A/F.


02/13/44

Thirteenth AF

20 B-25's bomb Tobera A/F, and 23 B-24's bomb Lakunai A/Fs. Both forces are escorted by ftrs. P-40's and Navy ftrs escort Navy SBD's and TBF's divebombing runway and AA positions at Vunakanau.


02/13/44

Seventh AF

During 13/14 Feb, B-24's from Tarawa, operating individually at intervals, bomb Wotje, Taroa, and Mille.


02/14/44

SHAEF

Gen Eisenhower establishes HQ SHAEF. COSSAC comes under control of SHAEF.


02/14/44

Eighth AF

46 P-47 FBs attack Gilze-Rijen A/F. (Primary tgt, Eindhoven A/F, is overcast).


02/14/44

Twelfth AF

Twelfth AF loses several of its operational units, the 12th Bomb and 33d and 81st Ftr Gps being transferred to India, and the 52d TC Wg and its 4 gps being sent to UK. B-25's bomb Perugia M/Y, A-20's hit Grottaferrata. A-36's attack guns in Pontecorvo area, railway yards at Civita Castellana and Frosinone, motor transport near Genzano di Roma, A/F at Furbara, and Ferentino railway station, some of the missions being in direct spt of US Fifth Army main front. P-40's bomb and strafe troop concentrations N and E of Anzio beachhead, scoring hits on tanks, motor transport, and guns near Cisterna di Roma, Cori, and Rocca di Papa. P-47's hit Colleferro and dump at Valmontone. P-40's score direct hits on vessel and fuel dump in Rogoznica area.


02/14/44

Fifteenth AF

B-17's attack M/Ys at Modena, Brescia, and Verona and several T/Os including A/F and Piaggio aircraft factory at Pontedera and railroad bridges and lines at Parma, Sassuolo, Rubiera, and S of Vicenza. HBs and escorting P-47's claim 20 ftrs shot down. B-24's bomb M/Ys at Mantua, Verona, Massa Lombarda, Ferrara and Arezzo, and T/Os including Pisa M/Y, Prato M/Y, A/Fs at Pisa and Pontedera, and road-rail junction near Vaiano.


02/14/44

Tenth AF

P-51's and A-36's carry out 70-plus sorties against a variety of tgts in Burma. Tgts include supply area at Shingban, truck convoy N of Maingkwan, supply dumps and motor transport in Kamaing area, bivouac near Mogaung, troop md vehicle concentrations between Mogaung and Kamaing, arty positions at Laawn Ga, and railroad station and warehouses at Lundaung.


02/14/44

Fifth AF

A-20's with P-40 spt, bomb and strafe Dagua A/F, destroying and damaging over 20 aircraft. 80 plus B-25's pound Momote A/F. More Lhan 40 B-24's bomb A/Fs at Kavieng and Panapai.


02/14/44

Thirteenth AF

B-24's bomb Rabaul area in a diversionary strike while Navy TBF's lay mines in Simpson Harbor. 30 escorted B-25's pound Vunakanau A/F while 28 B-24's, also with escort, bomb Rapopo A/F. P-40's and Navy ftrs escort Navy dive-bmr raid on Tobera gun positions and A/F revetments. 4 B-25's also bomb Tobera. On Bougainville weather clears, permitting the first attacks, by 19 B-25's, on Kara and Kahili, in recent weeks. P-39's attack Puriata R bridges.


02/14/44

Seventh AF

40-plus B-24's from 1lth and 30th Bomb Gps, flying out of Makin and Tarawa, strike Ponape in first Seventh AF raid on the Caroline Is. 2 of the HBs hit alternate tgt of Emidj I.


02/15/44

Eighth AF

51 B-24's bomb V-weapon site at Saint-Pol/Siracourt. 34 P-47's bomb T/O, an A/F believed to be Coxyde or Nieuport.


02/15/44

Ninth AF

194 B-26's bomb V-weapon sites, Cherbourg/Maupertus A/F, and T/Os during morning mission. 122 B-26's again bomb Vweapon construction sites in coastal area of N France during afternoon.


02/15/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's and B-25's bomb Monte Cassino Benedictine Abbey in spt of NZ Corps assault to establish bridgehead across the Rapido S of Cassino. Other B-26's bomb railroad at Monte Molino and M/Y at Montepescali. A-20's attack motor transport, roads, and road junction in Albano Laziale area and NW of Valmontone. P-40's bomb concentrations near Cisterna di Roma, and dumps in Valmontone and Rocca di Papa areas. A-36's hit concentrations N of Anzio beachhead, strafe trucks and barracks in Frosinone-Rieti areas, bomb Tiburtina and Trastevere M/Ys in Rome area, and hit buildings N of Velletri.


02/15/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 100 B-17's bomb Monte Cassino Benedictine Abbey. 60-plus B-24's attack Poggibonsi M/Y, Campoleone, and Porto d' Ascoli. Heavy cloud cover causes numerous aborts. All the missions are unescorted.


02/15/44

Tenth AF

P-40's, P-51's, and A-36's hit tgts in Burma, including rice mill and radio station at Waingmaw, T/Os along Hukawng-Walawbum road, motor pool and dumps in Kamaing area, troops and supplies at Padi Ga and canal bridge at Ye-u. P-40's also drop land mines on Nampaung.


02/15/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's on sweep of Gulf of Tonkin coastal areas and N Indochina score direct hit on steamer at Haiphong and nearby railroad station, damage bridges near Viet Tri and patrol launch at Hanoi, and hit engine sheds at Thanh Hoa.


02/15/44

Fifth AF

70-plus B-24's, A-20's, and B-25's bomb Kavieng town area, harbor, and shipping and Panapai A/F. 17 other B-24's, prevented by weather from reaching Panapai, bomb Talasea on New Britain.


02/15/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's, with ftr cover, bomb runway and dispersal area of Vunakanau A/F. 20 B-24's hit Borpop A/F, causing heavy damage in runway and revetment areas. In ground action, US and NZ troops land on Nissan I in Green Is, 40 mi NW of Buka; opposition is weak and organized resistance will end on 23 Feb.


02/15/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa and Makin pound Ponape and Mille. 10 P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe runways and a disabled vessel at Mille.


02/16/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Orte M/Y and attack Campoleone area. B-26's bomb San Stefano al Mare and hit area near Perugia railroad bridge, bridge N of Orvieto, factory near Marsciano bridge, and bridge at Albinia Station. A-20's, with RAF and SAAF Baltimores and Spitfires, hit concentrations in Anzio battle area. A-36's bomb Rome/Tiburtina and Rome/Ostiense M/Ys in Rome area. P-40's attack Monte Cassino Abbey, pound tanks, trucks, and troop concentrations along US Fifth Army front, and hit towns of Fondi and Roccasecca. Ftrs over Anzio encounter increased air effort in conjunction with all-out ground offensive against Allied beachhead."


02/16/44

Fifteenth AF

B-24's, unescorted, bomb M/Ys at Pontassieve, Siena, Poggibonsi, and Prato, bridge at Cecina, and railroad and highway near Rieti.


02/16/44

Tenth AF

A-36's and P-51's hit supply dumps, troop concentrations, and encampment area near Myitkyina, Kamaing, Tonkin, and Walawbum. B-25's and P-51's destroy 3 locomotives at Kyaingkwin.


02/16/44

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's knock out railroad bridge at Yen Bay and damage 2 other bridges to the S near the coast.


02/16/44

Fifth AF

40-plus B-25's attack convoy off New Hanover. Over 30 B-24's bomb Panapai A/F and Kavieng, and some hit Cape Balangori and Talasea. 19 B-24's and B-25's bomb Halong. P-40's hit shipping and barges in Wewak area.


02/16/44

Thirteenth AF

12 B-24's, with 30 plus P-38's and Navy F4U's, pound runway at Vunakanau A/F.


02/16/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa bomb Wotje Atoll and Taroa I. P-40's from Makin fly 2 bombing/strafing strikes against Jaluit. A-24's bomb Mille.


02/17/44

Ninth AF

Advanced HQ, Ninth AF, is opened at Hillingdon House, Uxbridge. It is later joined in the area by advanced units of IX FC and by troop carrier units, all of which form a nucleus of advons so as to centralize tac operations in anticipation of combat on the Continent.


02/17/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Campoeone and Lanuvio area, B-25's hit dumps SW of Rome and N of Anzio, also hitting guns nearby. A-20's blast dump and troop concentrations in Anzio area. P-47's bomb dumps near Valmontone. A-36's hit Carroceto, oncentrations SE of Rome, and raiload underpass and a factory N of Anzio. P-40's blast enemy transport, runs, and assembly areas N of Cisterna di Latina, trucks N of Anzio nd N of beachhead battleline, raiload stations at Campoleone and Caroceto, and bivouac areas, dumps, a factory, and bridge in battle area. This entire air effort (the heaviest o date in spt of troops) is aimed at helping prevent breakthrough at he beachhead, where Germans are committed to full-strength counterffensive. A-36's bomb Monte Casino Abbey in only air action on US Fifth Army main front.


02/17/44

Fifteenth AF

455th and 456th bomb Gps become operational giving he Fifteenth AF 12 B-24 gps. Unesorted B-17's and B-24's attack Camoleone and Grottaferrata, motor ransport parks in Campoleone juncion and Rocca di Papa areas, troop oncentration near Frascati, stores depots in Grottaferrata area, and ther tgts in adv of US Fifth Army's Anzio battle line which is under heavy counterattack by German forces.


02/17/44

USSR

Soviet Army completes reduction of German pockets W of Cherkassy.


02/17/44

Tenth AF

38 A-36's and P-51's on armed rcn hit troops and supplies from Lonkin to Kamaing. 6 P-51's hit supply areas along roads around Lonton and Manywet; 2 others hit road junction near Maingkwan. 2 B-25's and 6 P-51's strike road bridge, railroad station, and rail cars in Pyingaing area. 2 B-25's and 6 P-51's attack but fail to damage bridge near Ye-u.


02/17/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's on sweep of Gulf of Tonkin score 2 direct hits on freighter at Vinh, damage bridge approach and locomotive at Yen Xuon Station, and destroy locomotive at Yen Ly Station.


02/17/44

Fifth AF

40 B-24's bomb Panapai A/F and Talasea. 16 B-25's claim 2 surface vessels and a submarine sunk off New Hanover. 16 P-47's strafe T/Os in Alexishafen area.


02/17/44

Thirteenth AF

20 P-40's join 40 plus Navy ftrs in covering an attack by 70 Navy dive bmrs on shipping in Keravia Bay. 8 airplanes are claimed shot down. 2 Navy ftrs are lost. In N Solomons Allied ftrs hit Queen Carola Harbor, Kessa Plantation and bridge N of Kahili.


02/17/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa and Abemama hit Ponape, Kusaie I, and Jaluit. P-40's strafe floatplanes off Emidj, as USN TF begins heavy attack on Truk.


02/18/44

Eighth AF

HQ issues orders to establish a photo rcn wg (8th Rcn Wg (Prov) ) in Cheddington. The purpose is to make the Eighth independent in aerial rcn and to consolidate the efforts of units presently engaged in this and related activities. Col Elliott Roosevelt, Director of Rcn for Ninth AF, is named CO."


02/18/44

Twelfth AF

A-20's hit troop concentration near Piedimonte. XII A Spt Cmd P-40's and A-36's fly 17 missions in spt of US Fifth Army troops resisting counteroffensive, which reaches its deepest penetration into Anzio beachhead on this day. Objectives include tanks, vehicles, gun positions, troop concentrations, and railroad underpass along the Anzio/Albano Laziale axis. Ftrs over Anzio successfully intercept air strikes on beachhead. NZ troops capture Cassino Station.


02/18/44

Fifteenth AF

Operations are restricted to photo and weather rcn.


02/18/44

Tenth AF

40-plus B-25's, A-36's and P-51's attack town of Ye-u and nearby bridge, bivouacs N of Laban, bridges in Pyingaing area and along Mu R, supply and troop concentrations at Waingmaw, radio station and supply area near Kamaing, and gun emplacements SE of Taihpa Ga. The strikes are generally successful."


02/18/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's on sweep of Gulf of Tonkin damage 2 large boats N of Bakli Bay, destroy ammo dump at Phu Ly, and knock out nearby railroad bridge.


02/18/44

Fifth AF

B-25's and RAAF Beaufighters hit Koepang. P-39's strafe T/Os at Madang and Cape Raoult.


02/18/44

Thirteenth AF

34 B-25's and 18 B-24's, both forces with ftr escorts, pound Vunakanau A/F. 2 B-25's and 4 P-38's hit Tobera A/F.


02/18/44

Seventh AF

P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe Jaluit and Mille. US forces land at Engebi.


02/19/44

Twelfth AF

Col Peter S Rask becomes acting CO of XII TCC until its disbandment on 5 Mar 44. B-25's blast troop concentrations to N of Anzio beachhead. A-36's and P-40's keep troops, tanks, and motor transport in beachhead battle area under attack, flying over 200 sorties in more than 20 missions as Allied counterattack turns tide of battle. Ftrs maintain control over N part of battle area.


02/19/44

Fifteenth AF

Operations are again limited to rcn flights.


02/19/44

Tenth AF

60-plus A-36's and P-51's and a few B-25's hit a variety of tgts in Burma. Tgts include fuel and supply dumps at Manywet and in Shaduzup area, Tonkin-Kansi road and a junction W of Manywet, Mu R bridge at Ye-u, railroad cars and tracks, locomotives, and river traffic between Monywa and Natyekan and between Alon and Segyi. Rail and road traffic in Bhamo and Hukawng Valley-Kamaing areas is also hit.


02/19/44

Fourteenth AF

B-24's, B-25's, and P-40's fly sea sweeps over widespread coastal areas from Formosa Straits to Indochina, claiming 3 ships sunk and others damaged. Railroad bridges, trains, and other T/Os near coastal areas are also attacked.


02/19/44

Fifth AF

12 B-25's attack shipping SW of New Ireland, claiming a small freighter and a patrol boat sunk and other vessels damaged. 7 A-20's hit shipping at Kavieng. Single B-24's and B-25's carry out armed rcn over wide areas of Bismarck Sea.


02/19/44

Thirteenth AF

20 P-40's and 40-plus Navy ftrs escort about 70 Navy dive bmrs in attack on Lakunai A/F. Ftr cover claims 22 airplanes shot down. 6 B-24's bomb same tgt immediately afterward. 14 B-24's, with P-38 and Navy ftr escort, hit Tobera A/F."


02/19/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa and Makin pound Ponape and Kusaie I. B-25's from Tarawa hit Wotje while Makin-based P-40's bomb and strafe Mille. US forces land on Eniwetok Is.


02/20/44

Eighth AF

Over 1,000 HBs are dispatched to bomb German ftr aircraft production centers. Nearly 900 HBs attack assigned tgts or T/Os. This mission, the first in which the Eighth dispatches over 1,000 planes, begins 'Big Week' attacks on German aircraft plants and A/Fs.


02/20/44

Ninth AF

35 B-26's bomb Haamstede A/F as a T/O, after about 100 MBs abort attacks on other A/Fs because of weather.


02/20/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's hit troop concentrations along roads in Vallalta area, B-25's hit dumps and assembly areas at N edge of Anzio beachhead, and A-20's bomb troop and motor transport concentration SE of Carroceto. A-26's and P-40's hit troops, trucks, and tanks NE of Carroceto, bomb town of Fondi, factory E of Carroceto, town of Piedimonte, and hit guns and T/Os along N line of beachhead. Axis attempt to achieve breakthrough is decisively defeated in center of salient created by counteroffensive and efforts end.


02/20/44

Fifteenth AF

B-24's blast troop concentrations in Anzio beachhead area as Axis efforts end.


02/20/44

Tenth AF

Bad weather limits operations to routine patrol over Sumprabum.


02/20/44

Fifth AF

HQ Fifth AF ADVON and HQ V BC move from Nadzab to Port Moresby. 38 B-24's bomb Alexishafen-Hansa Bay area. 18 B-24's bomb A/F at Laha and 12 others hit shipping off Kavieng.


02/20/44

Thirteenth AF

35 B-25's, with ftr escort, pound Lakunai A/F. P-39's attack barge trafflc, which has greatly increased off SE and NW Bougainville, claiming 20 of the craft sunk."


02/20/44

Seventh AF

9 B-25's from Tarawa bomb A/F at Wotje. P-40's from Makin strafe and bomb runways and small vessels at Mille.


02/21/44

Eighth AF

764 B-17's and B-24's bomb aircraft industry at Brunswick and A/F and storage park at Diepholz. T/Os hit in W Germany because of thick overcast over primary tgts are Hannover, M/Y at Lingen, and A/Fs at Achmer, Bramsche, Hopsten, Rheine, Quakenbruck, Vorden, Ahlhorn, and Hesepe. Only 3 airplanes are lost.


02/21/44

Ninth AF

18 B-26's bomb Coxyde A/F. Weather causes almost 190 aborts. The Ninth's Pathfinder Sq (provisionally activated on 13 Feb) takes part in this operation, its first venture into combat. 185 aircraft scheduled to attack other A/Fs in the Netherlands and France in afternoon are recalled because of bad weather.


02/21/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Orte M/Y, and B-26's hit Imperia docks. A-20's pound troop concentrations near Campoleone, along with P-40's and A-36's which also hit a fuel dump, tank and truck concentrations, and gun positions in the area. FBs also bomb and block Itri-Gaeta road.


02/21/44

Tenth AF

50-plus P-51's and A-36's and a few B-25's hit cmd post at Shingban, town of Mohnyin, bridge at Loilaw, camp at Shaduzup, 2 bridges at Namkwin, and warehouses and other buildings at Kawlin and Wuntho. FBs attacking fuel dump at Pin Hmi drop bombs in wrong area. B-25's, escorted by Spitfires and Hurricanes, score effective hits on tunnel on Maungdaw-Buthidaung road.


02/21/44

Fifth AF

Almost 30 A-20's hit Madang and Hansa Bay area. P-39's hit Raiven Plantation. 40-plus B-24's bomb Rein Bay and Eleonora Bay areas; others attack shipping off New Hanover.


02/21/44

Thirteenth AF

15 B-24's bomb Lakunai A/F; 4 others, with ftr spt, attack A/F at Rapopo. 20 P-38's join Navy ftrs in covering Navy dive bmr strikes on Lakunai gun positions. In Bougainville area 3 B-24's bomb Kara A/F while P-39's hit buildings at Tsundawan and in area S of Tabut, and bomb barges and jetty in Matchin Bay area.


02/21/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa and Abemama hit Ponape, Kusaie, and Jaluit. B-25's from Abemama bomb Maloelap. P-40's from Makin hit Mille. US forces gain complete control of Eniwetok Is.


02/22/44

USSTAF

HQ Eighth AF is redesignated as Hq, USSTAF.


02/22/44

Eighth AF

HQ VIII BC is redesignated as HQ, Eighth AF. 101 HBs hit aircraft production centers at Bernburg, Halberstadt, and Aschersleben in conjunction with Fifteenth AF strike at Regensburg; 35 aircraft are lost to fierce ftr opposition. 154 HBs attack various T/Os (Wernigerode, Marburg/Lahn, Magdeburg, Bunde, Nijmegen, Arnhem, and Enschede) and fly diversionary attack against A/F at Aalborg, which cannot be bombed because of clouds; 6 aircraft are lost.


02/22/44

Ninth AF

66 B-26's bomb Gilze-Rijen A/F. Bad weather causes more than 100 others to abort.


02/22/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Foligno M/Y and Montalto di Castro railroad bridge, and B-26's attack Albinia Station railroad bridge. A-20's hit area E of Campoleone. P-47's strike troops, gun positions, and road junction N of Carroceto, roads near Roccasecca, and town of Campoleone. A-36's hit guns NW of Carroceto and town of Formia. P-40's attack guns SE of Campoleone.


02/22/44

Fifteenth AF

B-17's attack Petershausen M/Y, Regensburg aircraft factory, and Zagreb. A large force of B-24's hits Regensburg aircraft plants about the same time as the B-17 attack. Other B-24's pound town of Sibenik and harbor at Zara. HBs claim 40 ftrs destroyed. 13 HBs are lost.


02/22/44

Tenth AF

70-plus B-25's, P-51's, and P-40's again hit variety of tgts in Burma. Bridges are severely damaged or put out of use at Zawa, Tindeinyan, Ye-u, Namkwin, and Loilaw. Warehouses and supply dumps are hit at Segyi and at Chantha, and at Pahok road and railroad junction are blasted. Also hit are T/Os at Kawlum and along Walawbum-Kamaing road.


02/22/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's on armed rcn strafe A/F at Kengtung and nearby truck convoy. At Bhamo a large rivercraft is hit and left sinking.


02/22/44

Fifth AF

30-plus B-25's and P-39's attack Madang area. More than 60 B-25's and B-24's pound Iboki Plantation in spt of US Marines advancing on the area from Natamo, (and who capture Perry I).


02/22/44

Thirteenth AF

20 P-40's and 40-plus Navy ftrs cover 70 Navy dive bmrs attacking Keravia Bay shipping. 40-plus B-24's, with ftr escorts, bomb Lakunai and Keravat A/Fs.


02/22/44

Seventh AF

1 B-24 bombs Kusaie. 8 A-24's and 9 P-40's from Makin bomb Mille. 1 P-40 launches rockets against A/F tgts in first such attack by a Seventh AF aircraft.


02/23/44

Twelfth AF

P-40's hit gun position N of Campoleone and patrol Anzio area. Weather forbids other operations by Twelfth AF.


02/23/44

Fifteenth AF

B-24's bomb industrial complex at Steyr. Other HBs are forced to abort because of bad weather. HBs and escorting ftrs claim over 30 aircraft shot down.


02/23/44

Tenth AF

14 B-24's bomb A/Fs and other tgts at Akyab and Dabaing. 3 B-26's and 12 P-51's hit radio station at Man Pang; 4 other P-51's hit warehouses at Chantha.


02/23/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's attack 2 ships in Gulf of Tonkin and hit railroad cars and engine shed at Van Trai Station. 4 P-40's strafe Lashio A/F.


02/23/44

Fifth AF

Almost 50 A-20's and B-24's blast A/F, buildings, and AA positions in Wewak area.


02/23/44

Thirteenth AF

9 B-25's, with Navy ftr spt, bomb Vunakanau A/F; 10 other B-25's hit Keravat A/F. 4 B-34's on armed rcn over New Ireland strafe Cape Saint George area and bomb buildings and pier at Labur Bay. 4 B-24's attack bivouacs in upper Saua R area. 16 P-38's dive-bomb Wunapope supply area. Some attack town of Rabaul. This is first P-38 bombing raid on the Rabaul area. (P-38's, now free from constant responsibility of guarding bmrs against interceptors, will continue to divebomb Rabaul area through April. During the latter part of this campaign against the famed Japanese garrison, which is to be bypassed by Allied ground forces, P-39's will add their strength due to completion of an airstrip on Nissan I in the Green Is. By 20 Apr only 120 of 1400 buildings in Rabaul will still be standing).


02/23/44

Seventh AF

P-40's from Makin bomb Mille. 2 small boats are destroyed by strafing. B-25's from Abemama hit Taroa. B-24's from Makin and Tarawa bomb Kusaie, Ponape, and Jaluit.


02/24/44

Eighth AF

231 B-17's bomb Schweinfurt ball bearing plant (11 losses suffered) while 238 B-24's hit factory and A/F at Gotha (33 aircraft lost). 236 HBs attack secondary tgt of Rostock due to overcast at primary objectives of Poznan, Tutow, and Krzesiny. 61 HBs attack Eisenach, a T/O. RAF BC follows up with attack during 24/26 Feb of Schweinfurt.


02/24/44

Ninth AF

Advanced HQ IX A Spt Cmd (set up at Uxbridge on 15 Feb) assumes operational control of its gps, which hitherto had operated under orders from VIII FC. 22 B-26's bomb A/Fs at Leeuwarden, Deelen, and Gilze-Rijen on morning mission. 145 B-26's bomb NOBALL tgts between Saint-Omer and Abbeville during afternoon."


02/24/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's hit Fabrica di Roma landing ground. P-40's and A-36's hit gun positions, troop concentrations, trucks, and tanks in battle areas. P-47's bomb bridge at Arce.


02/24/44

Fifteenth AF

B-17's (in coordination with Eighth AF raids on Germany) bomb aircraft factory at Steyr and oil refinery at Fiume. HBs and escorting ftrs claim 35 ftrs shot down. 19 US aircraft are lost.


02/24/44

Tenth AF

12 B-24's pound harbor area at Moulmein, railroad sidings at Martaban, and T/Os near Mingaladon A/F and Zayat. Ftrs carry out numerous patrol and offensive sorties over Sumprabum area.


02/24/44

Fourteenth AF

7 B-25's bomb warehouse and dock area at Wuhu and 3 hit railroad yards and docks at Hongay. 9 P-40's attack docks and railroad yards at Campha Port. 10 P-38's on sweep of Yangtze R from Chihchow to Pengtse claim 4 river steamers, 5 tugs, 5 motor launches, and 15 sampans destroyed.


02/24/44

Fifth AF

30-plus A-20's hit Wewak area, blasting fuel dumps, trucks, A/Fs, aircraft, and supply stores. B-24's bomb Momote and Alexishafen.


02/24/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's and Navy ftrs escort Navy dive bmr attack on Wunapope supply area. Some of the ftrs later strafe sub off Cape Gazelle. 20-plus B-25's, some with Navy ftr escorts, attack Tobera, Keravat, and Vunakanau A/Fs and town of Rabaul. 14 P-38's hit Wunapope and Cape Gazelle area. Cape Saint George is attacked by 24 B-24's when Vunakanau area is overcast."


02/24/44

Seventh AF

A-24's and P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe small vessels, radio facilities, barracks, and gun positions at Jaluit and Mille. B-25's from Tarawa pound Wotje.


02/24/44

Eleventh AF

6 bmrs take off for armed rcn and shipping search over the Kurils. Only 1 gets through and jettisons bombs upon finding tgt overcast.


02/25/44

Eighth AF

680 B-17's and B-24's bomb airplane factories at Regensburg, Augsburg, and Furth, and ball bearing plant at Stuttgart. This mission is flown in conjunction with Fifteenth AF attack on Regensburg and with major efforts by RAF against Schweinfurt during 24/25 Feb and Augsburg during 25/26 Feb. 31 aircraft are lost.


02/25/44

Ninth AF

Gen Williams becomes CG IX TCC. 191 B-26's bomb Venlo, Saint-Trond, and Cambrai/Epinoy A/Fs in morning raid as diversion in spt of VIII BC HBs over Germany. 36 abort, mainly because of navigational error. 164 B-26's dispatched against military tgts in France during afternoon are recalled because of bad weather.


02/25/44

Twelfth AF

P-40's attack guns and troop concentrations E of Campoleone and in Carroceto area. A-36's bomb towns of Terracina and Sperlonga and roads in the area. P-40's also maintain patrols over Anzio.


02/25/44

Fifteenth AF

Continuing coordinated attacks with Eighth AF on European tgts, B-17's with ftr escorts pound Regensburg aircraft factory; enemy ftr opposition is heavy. Other B-17's hit Zara harbor and Pola. B-24's attack Fiume M/Y and port and hit Zell am See railroad and Graz A/F. Over 30 US airplanes are lost. HBs claim more than 90 ftrs shot down.


02/25/44

Tenth AF

8 B-25's and 4 P-51's attack bridges at Meza, Sinthe, and Natmauk, causing light damage to the bridges and destroying 3 locomotives and several railroad cars.


02/25/44

Fourteenth AF

16 P-40's attack docks, railroad yards, and warehouses at Hongay. In the harbor 1 large boat is sunk and another damaged. 2 P-40's hit a cargo vessel at Campha Port, leaving it sinking. 2 others bomb and strafe Weichow I.


02/25/44

Fifth AF

B-25's pound Lorengau and Alexishafen-Madang areas and Momote A/F, and A-20's bomb A/Fs at Alexishafen.


02/25/44

Thirteenth AF

P-39's on armed rcn bomb AA position at Monoitu, hit Aitara area, and attack barge in Cape Gazelle area. 20-plus B-25's hit Matupi and Rapopo. 21 B-24's and 17 P-38's follow shortly with another strike on Rapopo.


02/25/44

Seventh AF

P-40's out of Makin bomb and strafe tgts at Jaluit. B-26's from Tarawa and Abemama hit Mille and Wotje. B-24's from Abemama and Tarawa pound Ponape.


02/25/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's from Shemya are over Matsuwa I shortly after midnight 24/25 Feb on a photo rcn and bomb run. Mission is not completed due to weather.


02/26/44

Twelfth AF

Weather limits operations severely, but P-47's hit shipping N and S of Velaluka.


02/26/44

Tenth AF

15 B-25's and P-51's demolish warehouses, in Naba and Hopin, attack bridges at Ye-u, Bawgyo, and Tantabin, and strafe railroad cars and tracks at Tangon, Namyao, and Pyintha. The Tantabin bridge is rendered unusable while approaches of the Ye-u and Bawgyo bridges are damaged.


02/26/44

Fourteenth AF

11 B-25's from Nanning attack tgts at Tourane, destroying 5 warehouses and a hangar at the A/F and a locomotive and 4 buildings at the railroad yard.


02/26/44

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb Wewak and Momote. B-25's, along with P-39's, hit Madang-Alexishafen area and A-20's hit Angorum.


02/26/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's join Navy ftrs in covering Navy dive bmr strike on Wunapope supply and shipping facilities. 22 B-25's, with ftr spt, follow up with the day's second strike on Wunapope. Shortly afterwards, 17 P-38's strike the same tgt. 12 P-39's bomb and strafe Monoitu, Ruisei, Makapeko, and Mawareka.


02/26/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Tarawa and Abemama attack Wotje and Jaluit. P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe tgts on Mille.


02/26/44

Eleventh AF

XI BC (Air Striking Group TG 90.1) is directed to conduct armed photo rcn missions in the Kurils, day or night, as weather permits.


02/27/44

Ninth AF

Gen Quesada (reappointed CG IX FC on 21 Feb) receives authority to revive IX FC (existing only on paper since creation of IX A Spt Cmd) on temporary basis as an operational HQ to function as a Combined Control Center with RAF 11 Gp at Uxbridge, where FC will prepare operations orders for Ninth AF ftr and FB gps. Quesada retains command of IX A Spt Cmd.


02/27/44

Twelfth AF

A-36's attack Littoria A/F, Guidonia A/F, and Ladispoli dock area. Rail cars NE of Rome are also attacked. P-40's follow up with raid against Littoria and hit trucks and other tgts in the area. Weather prevents other operations by the Twelfth.


02/27/44

Tenth AF

30-plus P-51's and A-36's and 2 B-25's hit ammo dumps near the Kamaing-Walawbum road, stores and troops at Warazup, and warehouses, railroad and power facilities, bridges, and T/Os in Ye-u and Tindeinyan areas.


02/27/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's fly sea sweep from Vinh to Nam Dinh, bombing Nam Dinh distillery and railroad yards. No ships are sighted. 8 P-40's hit railroad bridge at Puchi, rendering it unusable.


02/27/44

Fifth AF

Col Jarred V Crabb becomes CG V BC. 30-plus B-24's, with P-40 spt, hit A/Fs at Boram, Wewak, and Tadji, 27 B-25's hit Hansa Bay area, and over 30 A-20's attack Alexishafen and Marakum village. More than 30 other B-25's attack Momote, Lorengau, and other tgts in the Admiralties. P-39's maintain armed rcn over New Britain.


02/27/44

Thirteenth AF

16 P-39's strafe barges and other T/Os along SW coast of Bougainville throughout the day. Wunapope is attacked by 21 B-24's and 24 B-25's (both forces supported by ftr escorts) and by 14 P-38's. P-40's and Navy ftrs cover Navy dive bmr strike on Lakunai AA positions. 3 other P-38's strafe radar station at Cape Saint George.


02/27/44

Seventh AF

A-24's and P-40's from Makin pound Jaluit and Mille, while B-25's from Abemama hit Wotje and Mille. B-24's from Makin and Tarawa bomb Ponape.


02/28/44

Eighth AF

181 B-17's and B-24's bomb 9 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. Heavy clouds cause over half the HBs dispatched to return without bombing. 7 aircraft are lost, most to AA fire.


02/28/44

Ninth AF

180 B-26's attack NOBALL tgts and Rosieres-en-Santerre. Bad weather makes bombing difficult and causes 34 other B-26's to abort.


02/28/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's attack Canino landing ground, but clouds prevent accurate bombing and most bombs fall W and SW of main tgt area. A-36's attack A/Fs at Littoria, Guidonia, and Marcigliana. P-47's hit motor vessels and tug off Dubrovnik and T/Os inland.


02/28/44

Tenth AF

6 B-25's hit bridges and trains between Pintha and Kinu; 1 bridge is damaged and several boxcars are destroyed. 13 B-24's bomb M/Y at Mandalay and T/Os at Akyab, Monywa, and Pakokku. P-51's, A-36's and P-40's attack bridges, radio stations, supply dumps, bivouacs, troop concentrations, railroad bypasses, AA positions, and other tgts at Seton, Sinkan, Ye-u, Kawlin, Loilaw, Namkwin, Shaduzup, and Mogaung-Kamaing area.


02/28/44

Fourteenth AF

6 P-40's on armed rcn strafe A/F at Myitkyina.


02/28/44

Fifth AF

23 B-24's and 39 A-20's thoroughly pound Hansa Bay area. Nearly 20 other B-24's bomb Nubia and Awar A/Fs. In preparation for Allied landing, 50-plus B-25's and B-24's pound Momote, Lorengau and other tgts in Admiralty Is.


02/28/44

Thirteenth AF

22 B-25's, with ftr escort, pound Rabaul; 9 mins later 12 P-38's glide-bomb Rabaul; 2 mins afterward 11 B-24's pound the same tgt. 6 other B-24's bomb Rapopo. P-40's and Navy ftrs escort Navy dive bmrs in strike on Wunapope. P-39's attack Monoitu Mission.


02/28/44

Seventh AF

P-40's from Makin strafe and bomb runway and radio installation on Mille. B-25's from Tarawa pound A/F on Wotje.


02/28/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's from Shemya search for enemy shipping. 1 HB crashes during takeoff, the others find nothing.


02/29/44

Eighth AF

215 B-17's attack aircraft production plants at Brunswick. 38 B-24's bomb V-weapon site at Lottinghen.


02/29/44

Ninth AF

19 B-26's bomb coastal gun position and nearby Breck-surMer A/F. 216 MBs abort mission against 8 V-weapon sites in France because of total cloud cover over tgts.


02/29/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb main and satellite A/Fs at Viterbo and several T/Os along W coast of Italy. B-26's bomb troops and gun positions W of Cisterna di Roma, while A-20's hit concentrations to the S. P-40's and A-36's strike at troop concentrations along N perimeter of beachhead. Other P-40's hit barracks and railroad yards at Littoria and tank concentration S of Cisterna. P-47's (with British aircraft) hit Giulianova railway station and shipping off Dubrovnik. Ftrs maintain patrol over Anzio beachhead.


02/29/44

Fifteenth AF

For fourth consecutive day, bad weather limits operations to rcn missions.


02/29/44

Tenth AF

7 B-25's knock spans out of 2 bridges N of Taungtha and damage bridges S of Myingyan and between Panaing and Mahlaing. 7 B-26's and 4 P-51's bomb wireless station at Sinkan, score near misses on bridge below Kawlin, and knock out 2 bridges in Ye-u area. 40-plus P-51's, A-36's, and P-40's hit supply area S of Seton, camp and stores near Mogaung (at Pagoda Peak), and railroad station at Myitkyina.


02/29/44

Fourteenth AF

23 B-24's pound warehouse area at Yoyang, causing several fires and secondary explosions. 12 B-25's bomb Yoyang railroad yards. 16 P-40's provide spt. 2 B-25's on sweep of NE China coast sink 3 sampans and damage a merchant ship at Siachwan Tao. 6 P-40's bomb and strafe ammo dumps at Kunlong. 12 P-38's and P-51's sink large motor launch NE of Anking, strafe barracks and 3 tugs in Teian area, hit barracks NW of Nanchang, and strafe railroad installations at Yangsin. 4 P-40's hit a barracks W of Nanchang. 2 B-25's sink a large rivercraft on the Yangtze near Chiuhsienchen and damage 2 more nearby.


02/29/44

Fifth AF

Allied amphibious forces land on Los Negros I, temporarily taking Momote A/F and then falling back to beachhead on Jamandilai Pt. Weather prevents full air spt but 7 B-24's and 8 B-25's manage to attack enemy positions and guns. Other B-24's and A-20's hit Erima, Wewak, Tadji, Awar, and Hollandia.


02/29/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's, with Navy ftr escort, pound Rabaul area. Later 12 P-38's hit tgts in same area. 16 AAF ftrs, along with 16 Navy ftrs, hit T/Os throughout S Bougainville and Shortland I. Numerous other ftrs, in forces of varying sizes, attack barges and scattered T/Os throughout N Solomons, Bismarck Archipelago, and waters in between.


02/29/44

Seventh AF

B-24's bomb Maloelap, Mille, and Wotje; B-25's hit Jaluit and Mille; P-40's attack Mille.


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