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03/01/44

Eighth AF

HQ and HQ Sq, VIII AFSC is redesignated as HQ and HQ Sq, ASC, USSTAF, after functioning as such during Jan and Feb while redesignation was being authorized. 8th Strat Air Depot Area is redesignated VIII AFSC.


03/01/44

Ninth AF

IX TCC establishes Pathfinder school to provide pre-invasion trg in all navigational aids.


03/01/44

Twelfth AF

Twelfth AF undergoes a reorganization as a result of 1099 of several operational units (see 14 Feb 44). XII TCC (Prov), consisting of a single wg, is disbanded and its personnel absorbed into 61st TC Wg and other units, the 51st Wg being placed under the administrative control of Twelfth AF. HQ XII BC is reduced to 1 offlcer and 1 enlisted man as other personnel are transferred to 57th Bomb Wg, which along with 42d Bomb Wg, is placed under the administrative control of Twelfth AF. HQ XII BC will exist as a retaining cadre until 10 Jun 44 when it is offlcially disbanded. P-40's attack gun positions and vehicles in US Fifth Army battle area. P-47's attack 2000 ton vessel in the Adriatic. P-40's and Spitfires of XII A Spt Cmd maintain cover over Anzio beachhead area.


03/01/44

Fifteenth AF

For the 6th consecutive day, bad weather forbids all operations except rcn missions.


03/01/44

Tenth AF

8 P-40's score 3 hits on bridge at Namkwin. 4 others hit Myitkyina A/F dispersal area. 56 A-36's and P-51's attack stores and personnel areas at Sawnghka.


03/01/44

Fourteenth AF

14 B-25's and 16 P-40's pound military zone in NE part of Nanchang.


03/01/44

Fifth AF

About 30 B-24's and B-25's hit Los Negros I and Lorengau. Other HBs and MBs drop supplies to Allied ground forces on Los Negros I. More than 100 B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and ftr aircraft, along with RAAF airplanes, pound Hansa Bay, Awar Pt, A/F in Wewak area, and enemy installations and positions at Madang, Alexishafen, and Saiba.


03/01/44

Thirteenth AF

B-24's bomb Kahili. P-38's hit Ballale and Buka. P-39's bomb and strafe Monoitu Mission.


03/01/44

Seventh AF

A-24's and P-40's from Makin hit Jaluit and Mille while B-25's pound Maloelap.


03/01/44

Eleventh AF

XI Strat AF is activated at Shemya. It includes all units of XI BC and XI FC stationed at Near Is, and is only a tac operating agency without administrative functions.


03/02/44

Eighth AF

232 HBs attack M/Y at Frankfurt/Main (using blind-bombing technique) while 133 bomb T/Os in SW Germany, including Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Limburg, and Dernbach. 84 HBs hit A/F at Chartres. Failure of Pathfinder equipment causes many aircraft assigned to Frankfurt mission to return without bombing tgt.


03/02/44

Ninth AF

353 B-26's attack NOBALL tgts, Tergnier, and Amiens/Glisy and Rosieres-en-Santerre A/Fs in morning and afternoon missions.


03/02/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's attack assembly area E of Carroceto and, with B-25's, bomb guns and assembly area NW of Cisterna di Roma, A-20's hit troops in beachhead battle area. P-40's and A-36's blast troops and guns throughout Anzio battle area, also hitting Cisterna and Littoria. P-47's hit motor vessel of Sibenik, leaving it burning. P-40's and A-36's fly uneventful cover over Anzio.


03/02/44

Fifteenth AF

459th Bomb Gp (B-24) becomes operational, giving the Fifteenth AF 13 HB gps on combat status. Nearly 300 B-17's and B-24's, escorted by more than 150 P-38's and P-47's, spt US Fifth Army's Anzio beachhead, bombing Cisterna di Roma-La Villa area, Velletri, and troop concentrations, guns, and other military tgts in battle area at several points, including Stazione di Campoleone and Carroceto areas.


03/02/44

Tenth AF

5 P-51's bomb arty positions in Maingkwan area. 20 P-40's hit fuel dump at Myitkyina, arty at Shingban, and trucks on road near Walawbum. 8 A-36's and P-51's hit encampment on Pagoda Peak near Mogaung.


03/02/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's sink small steamer near Mon Cay and bomb railroad shops and coal treating plant at Campho. 10 P-38's damage 2 bridges and strafe 2 barracks areas N of Nanchang. 2 P-40's bomb and strafe A/F and barracks at Keng-tung.


03/02/44

Fifth AF

80-plus B-24's and P-40's hit Hansa Bay area, airstrip at Nubia, and Madang-Alexishafen area. More than 60 B-25's and A-20's pound enemy forces on Los Negros I as Allied ground forces occupy Momote A/F. P-47's providing cover for the MBs claim 7 enemy ftrs shot down.


03/02/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's join Navy ftrs in covering Navy dive bmr strike on shipping installations in Keravia Bay area. 12 B-25's pound Rabaul while 11 others, with Navy ftr spt, bomb Rapopo. Shortly afterwards, 20 escorted B-24's blast town area of Rabaul. 14 P-38's follow immediately with strike on same tgt. P-39's hit Japanese-occupied Piano and Monoitu Missions.


03/02/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Makin and Abemama bomb Ponape and Kusaie. B-25's bomb Maloelap.


03/02/44

Eleventh AF

9 B-24's fly a futile shipping search over the Kurils. Turned back by a weather front, they either jettison or bring back their bombs.


03/03/44

US

Roosevelt announces that the Italian Fleet will be divided equally among US, UK, and USSR.


03/03/44

Eighth AF

Thick clouds cause abandonment of mission to bomb industry at Erkner, Germendorf, Annahof and Berlin. Of more than 750 HBs dispatched, 79 manage to bomb T/Os, including Wilhelmshaven and Helgoland. 11 HBs are lost on mission.


03/03/44

Ninth AF

218 B-26's bomb A/Fs at Laon/Couvron, Beauvais/Tille, Rosieres-en-Santerre, Roye/Amy, and Montdidier, and military installations at Juvincourt-et-Damary and Berneval-le-Grand.


03/03/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Rome/Ostiense and railroad stations at San Benedetto de Marsi. Weather cancels LB and other MB operations. P-40's hit gun positions in N Anzio beachhead area while A-36's attack train and tented area between Magliano Romano and Rome. Other P-40's fly patrol over Anzio beachhead area."


03/03/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 200 B-17's and B-24's, with over 50 P-47's as escort, bomb M/Ys in Rome area and A/Fs and landing grounds at Viterbo, Canino, and Fabrica di Roma. More than 80 B-24's and over 100 P-38's abort because of bad weather.


03/03/44

Tenth AF

22 B-25's, some supported by Spitfires and Hurricanes, bomb Ft White area; 10 B-25's and 4 P-51's pound A/Fs at Katha, MawIu, and Shwebo. 12 B-25's and 8 P-51's hit railroad tgts and a warehouse at Kyaikthin and Kyunhla. 14 B-24's covered by 22 P-40's, hit A/Fs at Lashio, Hsenwi, and Loiwing. 70-plus P-40's, A-36's, P-51's, and B-26's hit fuel storage, supply areas, roads, and other tgts over widespread areas of Burma, including Shingban, Myitkyina, Zigyun, Mogaung, Manywet, and Washawng. 6 P-38's attack Okshitpin bridge but tgt is not damaged."


03/03/44

Fourteenth AF

P-40's damage coal grading building at Campha Port.


03/03/44

Fifth AF

More than 30 B-24's hit Hansa Bay and Alexishafen areas while 20 P-39's attack Madang and Bogadjim and 22 A-20's pound Erima. 14 A-20's and B-25's hit enemy positions on Los Negros I.


03/03/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's and Navy ftrs cover Navy dive bmr strike on Rabaul and Simpson Harbor. 24 B-25's follow with attack on Rabaul, which later in the day is bombed by 20 B-24's. 5 P-38's bomb radar installations at Cape Saint George while 10 bomb Buka A/F. P-39's hit T/Os on E part of Shortland I and W part of Buka I.


03/03/44

Seventh AF

B-24's out of Makin bomb Ponape. B-25's from Tarawa hit Maloelap. This date marks beginning of Operation FORAGER, the capture of the S Marianas (Saipan, Tinian, and Guam) for bases for B-29 strikes against Japan. Seventh AF aircraft maintain neutralization strikes against A/Fs in the Carolines and continue hitting Wake and the bypassed Marshalls.


03/03/44

Eleventh AF

9 B-24's take off from Shemya to search for enemy shipping, but return due to heavy icing and squalls. 6 P-40's fly a search mission between Shemya and halfway to Attu."


03/04/44

Eighth AF

31 B-17's bomb Kleinmachnow area SW of Berlin, becoming the first US bmrs to hit the German capital area. Around 180 HBs attack T/Os including Bonn, Dusseldorf, and Cologne. Snow flurries and clouds cause cancellation of 1 bomb div's participation in mission and more than 250 of the 510 HBs dispatched abort.


03/04/44

Ninth AF

251 B-26's and 21 A-20's scheduled to bomb Malines M/Y and Bernay/Saint Martin A/F abort mission because of heavy cloud cover over tgts.


03/04/44

Twelfth AF

Weather cancels most Twelfth AF operations. P-40's fly a few sorties against gun emplacements in battle area, and others uneventfully patrol Anzio area.


03/04/44

Tenth AF

60-plus A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's, and a single B-25 bomb dumps, roads, bivouac area, and other tgts in Seton, Sawnghka, Pinbaw, and Walawbum areas. Numerous ftrs carry out patrol and armed rcn sorties in Sumprabum area.


03/04/44

Fourteenth AF

5 B-25's and 23 P-40's (16 of them Chinese) pound A/F at Kiungshan. The A/F is heavily damaged and several parked airplanes are destroyed. The MBs and ftrs claim 17 interceptors shot down. 4 P-38's and 2 Chinese B-25's claim a freighter, a tanker, and a motor launch sunk in Shihhweiyao and Wuhu areas. 6 B-25's bomb Thanh Hoa chromium mine and Campha Port docks. 2 P-40's strafe railroad yards and warehouses at Hongay and Campha Port. 5 P-40's are dispatched to bomb Cao Bang but because of bad weather attack Chinese-held Lungchow by mistake. 6 waves of Japanese airplanes bomb A/F at Suichwan, causing considerable damage.


03/04/44

Fifth AF

20-plus A-20's and B-25's spt ground forces on Los Negros I. More than 30 B-24's with ftr escort, pound A/Fs in Wewak area. More than 20 other B-24's bomb Hollandia. A-20's bomb buildings and gun positions in Saidor area.


03/04/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's join Navy ftrs and dive bmrs in strike on AA positions and T/Os in Rabaul area. 4 patrolling B-34's hit T/Os along both coasts on New Ireland and at Vunalama and Mandres Plantations on New Britain. 48 B-25's and 12 P-38's, along with 20-plus Navy ftrs, hit Rabaul town area in 3 closely spaced attacks. P-38's also attack T/Os on Duke of York I. 12 P-39's hit Monoitu and T/Os along SW coast of Bougainville. B-34's join Navy planes in attacks on Japanese embarkation ports around Choiseul Bay. Shortland I T/Os are hit by P-40's on patrol.


03/04/44

Seventh AF

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


03/05/44

Eighth AF

219 B-24's are dispatched to bomb A/Fs at Mont-de-Marsan, Cazaux, and Bordeaux but bad cloud conditions force a tgt change and multiple aborts. 152 HBs bomb A/Fs (secondary and last resort tgts) at Bergerac, Cognac, and Landes de Bussac."


03/05/44

Ninth AF

217 B-26's attack NOBALL tgts in Saint-Omer-Abbeville area.


03/05/44

Twelfth AF

XII TCC (Prov) is disbanded at Palermo. Weather again severely hampers operations, but P-40's hit Pontecorvo and A-36's attack Formia.


03/05/44

EAC

During the night, Gen Wingate's Special Force of long-range penetration troops begin dropping by glider onto Japanese lines of comm in C Burma. US engineer troops drop first, followed by British 77th and 111th Brigs. Col Philip G Cochran's Air Commando unit flies them in, dropping them on a strip designated Broadway, about 50 mi NE of Indaw. Another projected drop site, Piccadilly, is unusable as the Japanese have blocked it with fallen trees. Of 67 gliders dispatched, 32 reach Broadway. 539 men, 3 mules, and 65,972 Ibs of supplies are safely put down, including such items as bulldozers and lighting apparatus.


03/05/44

Tenth AF

B-25's, A-36's, P-51's, and P-40's fly more than 60 sorties against tgts in Burma, including arty positions, storage areas, ground troops, roads, and a bridge. The tgts are in the Zigon, Shingban, and Myitkyina areas.


03/05/44

Fourteenth AF

8 B-25's bomb and strafe Chiengmai A/F, destroying 9 airplanes, the water tower, and nearby railroad station. Barracks area is also damaged.


03/05/44

Fifth AF

About 30 B-24's bomb enemy positions on Los Negros. In NE New Guinea, elements of US 32d Div land at Yaula. A-20's bomb and strafe the area. P-39's pound areas around Madang and Erima. Australian ground forces break out of Ramu Valley and retreat toward Madang.


03/05/44

Thirteenth AF

22 B-25's, with Navy ftr escort, bomb Simpson Harbor. 4 B-34's on patrol hit barges anchored off supply dock at nearby Raulavat Plantation. 9 B-24's follow with raid on Rabaul town area. 13 others, with Navy ftrs covering, blast revetment area and airstrip at Tobera. 11 P-38's hit Borpop A/F, and P-40's and Navy ftrs hit barges at Kabanga Bay and off Warangoi R. 16 P-39's attack AA positions at Monoitu bridge, and 3 P-38's hit Siar."


03/05/44

Seventh AF

The Seventh continues to hit the Marshalls and Carolines. P-40's from Makin carry out FB mission against runways and A/F installations at Mille. B-25's hit Maloelap and Mille. B-24's bomb Ponape and last resort tgts at Kusaie and Mille.


03/06/44

Eighth AF

658 HBs attack Berlin area, bombing the metropolitan area and T/Os in nearby cities of Potsdam, Wittenberge, Templin, Oranienburg, and Kalkberg. Fierce ftr opposition claims 69 of the bmrs, the highest number lost by the Eighth in a single day.


03/06/44

Ninth AF

260 B-26's bomb NOBALL tgts, Hirson M/Y, and A/F at Beauvais/Tille. Heavy clouds cause over 50 B-26's and A-20's to abort missions.


03/06/44

Twelfth AF

P-40's pound gun positions N of Anzio beachhead (mostly NE of Ardea), and bomb Frosinone and hit guns near Littoria. A-36's fly armed rcn of roads and railroad NE of Rome, hitting several vehicles and bombing railroad cars at Capranica."


03/06/44

Tenth AF

4 B-25's knock center span out of Sittang bridge and blast 2 AA positions. 14 B-25's lay mines around Kham Yai I, bomb nearby Prong I, and hit M/Y at Pegu. 18 P-51's and P-40's attack Sawnghka bridge with poor results, start fires near Lalawng Ga, and bomb dumps near Walawbum.


03/06/44

Fifth AF

B-25's continue to hit Japanese forces on Los Negros. B-24's bomb airstrip and other tgts in Awar-Nubia area. P-39's and RAAF airplanes hit Japanese forces around Madang. P-39's and P-38's strafe and dive-bomb Cape Hoskins-Talasea area as US Marines land about midway up the coast of Willaumez Peninsula in preparation for drive on Talasea.


03/06/44

Thirteenth AF

P-39's hit Monoitu Mission and huts and bridge on Miwo R. 24 B-25's, with ftr escort, pound Tobera while 24 B-24's and 12 P-38's hit Kavieng and Panapai A/F.


03/06/44

Seventh AF

A-24's and P-40's from Makin bomb and strafe runways at Mille. B-25's from Tarawa pound A/F at Wotje."


03/07/44

Ninth AF

112 B-25's and 18 A-20's attack V-weapon sites on Channel coast of France, military installations near Criel-sur-Mer and Greny, and T/Os in the area. Bad weather causes recall of over 150 other HBs before they attack tgts.


03/07/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Rome/Ostiense M/Y while B-25's hit M/Y at Littoria. A-20's strike Zagarolo railroad station. P-40's attack enemy positions in Anzio beachhead area with good results, while A-36's hit comm at Montebello, railroad station near Civitavecchia, gun emplacements near Littoria A/F, and train at Monterotondo. P-40's over Anzio beachhead encounter no air opposition.


03/07/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 300 B-17's and B-24's bomb Toulon submarine base, M/Ys at Poggibonsi, Prato, and Pontassieve, A/Fs at Fabrica di Roma, Viterbo, and Orvieto, and town of Castelfiorentino. P-47's and P-38's fly about 150 sorties in spt of HBs.


03/07/44

Tenth AF

20-plus P-51's and A-36's on armed rcn hit T/Os from Walawbum to Shaduzup. 2 B-25's hit troop concentrations NW of Shaduzup. Another attacks road bridge and barges near Shwebo and along the Irrawaddy. Offensive rcn over several A/F in Burma results in no major action.


03/07/44

Fifth AF

B-24's and B-25's continue to hit tgts on Los Negros and other of the Admiralty Is and bomb Boram A/F. P-38's and RAAF airplanes attack tgts in Talasea area.


03/07/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's, with Navy ftr spt, hit Tobera A/F. 24 B-24's and 14 P-38's hit Panapai A/F. 19 P-40's bomb and strafe Rabaul. Ftr aircraft pound tac tgts on Bougainville, including Koromira Mission, supply area on Jaba R, and bivouac S of Maririei R near Menoavi.


03/07/44

Seventh AF

B-24's out of Abemama hit Kusaie and Jaluit. P-40's bomb and strafe A/F at Mille. B-25's pound runways, AA positions, storage areas, and barracks on Taroa.


03/07/44

Eleventh AF

B-24's and B-25's fly negative search mission for an enemy submarine.


03/08/44

Eighth AF

More than 460 HBs attack ball bearing plant at Erkner with good results. 75 other HBs attack T/Os, including factory at Wildau and center of Berlin. Enemy opposition is heavy, and 36 bmrs are lost.


03/08/44

Ninth AF

Over 225 B-26's attack Volkel A/F once and Soesterberg A/F twice in morning and afternoon missions."


03/08/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's strike at Orte M/Y and Orte-Fabrica di Roma railroad. B-26's hit Rome/Tiburtina M/Y and dock area at Porto Santo Stefano. P-40 FBs hit gun positions and road junction near Rome while A-36's attack road junction near Montalto di Castro, also hitting a bridge and a train, and guns and a castle SW of Celano. P-47's hit gun emplacements. P-40's strafe vehicles near Rome/Via Appia.


03/08/44

Tenth AF

23 P-51's hit A/F at Anisakan, Shwebo, and Onbauk, destroying more than 30 Japanese airplanes. Later 5 B-25's and 2 P-51's hit Shwebo, scoring hits along runway and in dispersal area and leaving several Japanese aircraft aflame. 3 B-25's hit 2 bridges at Lalawng Ga and Warazup, knocking out the latter. 16 A-36's and P-51's hit T/Os from Chanmoi to Shaduzup.


03/08/44

Fifth AF

B-25's 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's, B-25's, and A-20's bomb Nubia and Awar airstrips; the bmrs and escorting ftrs claim 17 airplanes shot down in Wewak area. Ftrs continue to strafe coastal tgts in NE New Guinea and on New Britain."


03/08/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-24's and 23 B-25's pound Rabaul, blasting Chinatown and wharf area. 46 P-40's and P-39's pound dock area E of Rabaul. 9 P-38's, turning back from Rabaul, bomb Buka A/F.


03/08/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, striking from Makin, bomb Ponape and Kusaie. A-24's and P-40's, also from Makin, bomb and strafe runways and AA positions at Mille. Tarawa-based B-25's pound Wotje.


03/08/44

Eleventh AF

Bmrs fly negative search and patrol missions for an enemy submarine. B-24's fly cover for a convoy en route from Adak to Shemya.


03/09/44

Eighth AF

About 300 B-17's attack Berlin. 158 B-24's bomb other tgts, including Brunswick, Hannover, and Nienburg areas.


03/09/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's strike dock area of Porto Stefano, some bombs falling in Port'oErcole area. B-25's bomb bridge at Montalto di Castro. A-20's hit tank repair depot N of Tivoli. P-40's blast gUll positions W of Campoleone, W of Pratica di Mare, and S of Ciampino. A-36's bomb Capranica railroad station and tgts nearby. Ftrs fly uneventful patrols over Anzio.


03/09/44

Tenth AF

6 B-24's bomb Tavoy A/F and office area while 8 others hit town of Mogaung. Town area, supply dumps and road bridge at Kamaing are pounded by 10 B-24's, 16 P-51's, and 10 P-40's. The bridge is knocked out. 10 B-25's score numerous hits on airstrips at Indaw and Katha. P-51's, P-40's, and A-36's hit storage at Pyindaw, and spt ground forces at Walawbum and Shaduzup.


03/09/44

Fourteenth AF

13 CACW B-25's and 24 Chinese P-40's pound foundry and floating docks at Shihhweiyao. 40-plus P-40's carry out several sea sweeps off Indochina coast and fly armed rcn over NE Indochina. The ftrs damage vessels off Campha Port, strafe A/F at Mon Cay, bomb A/F at Weichow I (causing heavy damage), hit barracks at Luc Nam, damage vessels at Hongay, and bomb military installations at Cao Bang.


03/09/44

Fifth AF

B-25's pound Lorengau and other tgts on Manus. Numerous other Fifth AF aircraft carry out armed rcn over wide reaches of SWPA, attacking a variety of tgts.


03/09/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's bomb dock area along N shore of Simpson Harbor at Rabaul. 19 B-24's follow with strike on Rabaul town and wharf area and also hit A/Fs in the vicinity. 40-plus P-39's and P-40's hit dock area E of Simpson Harbor. At Empress Augusta Bay, 2 sqs of B-25's hit Japanese installations on nearby hills.


03/09/44

Seventh AF

B-25's based on Abemama attack Taroa I. B-24's from Tarawa hit Ponape and Kusaie.


03/10/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb Rome/Tiburtina M/Y and unsuccessfully attack Orvieto railrGad bridge, while B-25's hit Littoria M/Y. P-40's and A-36's strike at enemy positions on coast at San Felice Circeo, gun positions E of Littoria, guns and tanks at Cisterna di Roma, railroad at Montalto di Castro, train at Monte Libretti station, and railway buildings at Zagarolo. Ftrs patrol Anzio area without incident.


03/10/44

Tenth AF

23 B-24's pound town areas of Mogaung and Kamaing during the afternoon, following an earlier B-25 raid on Kamaing. 40-plus P40's, P-51's, and P-38's hit gun positions S of Walawbum, troops and storage areas W of Mogaung at Pahok, trains near Myitnge and Anisakan, A/F at Anisakan, and town area of Laban.


03/10/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-24's bomb Kowloon Docks. B-25's from Suichwan sink a motor launch and damage 2 cargo vessels and a barge in Anking area. Escorting P-38's shoot down several interceptors. P-40's and P-51's on armed rcn bomb or strafe barracks and shipping at Foochow, A/F and barracks at Nanchang, factory, barracks, and bridge near Sienning, freighters at Hongay and Campha Port, barracks at Ha Coi, and area E of Lang Son.


03/10/44

Fifth AF

11 B-25's bomb Lorengau and several T/Os on Manus. B-24's and P-39's, operating singly or in pairs, attack numerous scattered T/Os throughout SWPA during armed rcn flights.


03/10/44

Thirteenth AF

P-40's and P-39's attack Wunapope supply area. 19 B-24's pound Rabaul area, starting several large fires. 40 B-25's hit Japanese positions in the hills near Empress Augusta Bay. P-39's attack tgts at Kepiai Plantation.


03/10/44

Seventh AF

A-24's and P-40's from Makin and B-26's from Tarawa attack A/Fs, AA positions, and radio installations at Mille and Wotje. B-25's, operating out of Engebi on Eniwetok Atoll (secured by invading forces on 22 Feb) in the Marshalls for the first time, bomb Kusaie I.


03/11/44

Eighth AF

121 B-17's bomb Munster while 34 B-24's hit V-weapon site at Wizernes. Both attacking forces use blind-bombing techniques due to thick overcast.


03/11/44

Ninth AF

61 B-26's bomb Vweapon sites in N France. 53 abort because of weather and navigational difficulties."


03/11/44

Twelfth AF

MBs strike at Florence, Orvieto, and Fabriano M/Ys with good results. P-40, A-36, and P-47 FBs attack supply depot, railroad station, and factory in areas NE of Monterotondo, and numerous other tgts, including gun positions in battle areas, railroad facilities, and 2 supply trains.


03/11/44

Fifteenth AF

About 100 B-24's, escorted by 30-plus P-38's, bomb harbor at Toulon. More than 100 B-17's, escorted by more than 50 P-47's, hit M/Y at Padua. Other B-24's bomb M/Ys at Pontassieve and Prato and hit A/F at Iesi. HBs and ftrs claim destruction of more than 30 enemy airplanes in the air.


03/11/44

Tenth AF

70-plus FBs (P-40's, P-51's, and A-36's) and 2 B-25's hit fuel and ammo dumps, gun positions, roads, and general T/Os in or near Saungka, Pandaw, Walawbum, Labang Gahtawng, Shaduzup, and Mogaung.


03/11/44

Fourteenth AF

10 P-40's damage 3 barges at Campha Port, hit buildings on Weichow I, and attack town area at Ha Coi.


03/11/44

Fifth AF

12 B-25's pound Lorengau while 7 B-24's bomb enemy positions to the W of the town, as preliminaries for invasion of Manus increase. 80-plus B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's hit Boram A/F while more than 40 A-20's and P-39's attack tgts in Madang area. P-47's strafe Hansa Bay area. Other aircraft carry out armed rcn and sweeps over wide reaches of NE New Guinea and New Britain coastal areas.


03/11/44

Thirteenth AF

40-plus B-24's and B-25's, supported by 20-plus P-38's, pound Rabaul town area. 20 P-40's bomb Wunapope. 43 P-40's bomb Mosigetta area while 4 B-24's pound Monoitu Mission.


03/11/44

Seventh AF

B-24's, operating out of Kwajalein for first time, carry out the Seventh's first raid from the Marshalls against Wake. P-40's and B-25's, operating from bases in the Gilberts, pound Mille and Maloelap.


03/12/44

Eighth AF

52 B-24's attack V-weapon site at Saint-Pol/Siracourt, using blind-bombing technique.


03/12/44

Tenth AF

50-plus P-40's, A-36's, and P-51's, along with a single B-25, pound troops and supply areas at Shedwiyang and near Kamaing, bomb town of Shaduzup, and hit storage areas near Manywet and Malakawng.


03/12/44

Fifth AF

12 B-25's hit enemy positions and comm at Lorengau as landings on small offshore islands continue with beachhead being established on Hauwei I. 40-plus B-24's B-26's, and A-20's hit Wewak area.


03/12/44

Thirteenth AF

22 B-25's, with Navy ftr cover, pound Rabaul area, concentrating on N rim of Simpson Harbor. 18 B-24's, with Navy ftr cover, follow with strike against Rabaul customs wharf area. The HB strike is followed by an attack on town area of Rabaul by 64 P-40's, P-38's, and P-39's.


03/12/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa bomb Mille, Wotje, Maloelap, and Nauru. B-25's hit Jaluit.


03/13/44

Eighth AF

270 HBs are dispatched to bomb V-weapon installations in Pas de Calais area, but strike is cancelled because of bad weather. 7 bmrs manage to attack Paix A/F as T/O. 2 airplanes are lost to AA fire.


03/13/44

Ninth AF

40 B-26's attack V-weapOn site at Lottinghen/Les Grands Bois. 37 abort due to bad weather.


03/13/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb railway bridges NW and W of Sarzana and at Viareggio, hit tracks S of the latter, and, along with SAAF LBs, bomb Fabriano M/Y. B-25's bomb Spoleto M/Y, hitting E and W chokepoints and line to Terni, and also attack Perugia M/Y with less successful results. A-36's bomb railroad station between Orte and Orvieto while P-40's hit supply dump near Velletri and gun positions along beachhead line directly S of Rome.


03/13/44

Tenth AF

140-plus P-40's, A-36's, and P-51's along with 2 B-25's pound numerous T/Os in Shaduzup area, knock out a span of bridge in Shaduzup, hit town of Loilaw, pound supply and ammo dumps near Warazup and Seton, and bomb building area N of Namti."


03/13/44

Fourteenth AF

8 B-24's and 4 P-40's attack A/F and seaplane anchorage at Kiungshan on Hainan I. 16 P-40's bomb bridge at Puchi, scoring direct hits on both approaches.


03/13/44

Fifth AF

160-plus B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, P-47's, and P-40's thoroughly pound Wewak area; US aircraft claim 8 interceptors shot down. Other aircraft, operating singly or in flights of 2 or 3, attack several tgts in NE New Guinea-New Britain area. In the Admiralties, Hauwei I is cleared of enemy opposition and arty is brought ashore.


03/13/44

Thirteenth AF

2 B-24's, with Navy ftr escort, and 22 B-25's bomb Rabaul area, hitting NW part of Rabaul and harbor and waterfront section. 27 P-39's, P-40's, and P-38's pound Wunapope supply area.


03/13/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Engebi bomb Kusaie while B-24's from Tarawa hit Ponape. B-25's from Abemama and Tarawa pound Mille.


03/14/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb Prenestina M/Y and nearby chemical plant. B-25's strike Terni and Orte M/Ys, causing considerable damage, while A-20's attack tank repair facilities unsuccessfully. P-40's attack guns in Anzio beachhead area and also hit supply dump. A-36's and P-47's hit railway stations and town of Ostia.


03/14/44

Tenth AF

41 A-31's join British aircraft in hitting Japanese positions in Arakan and Chin Hills areas. 90-plus P-51's, A-36's, and P-40's, along with 3 B-25's, hit Japanese troops, bridges, dumps, and villages in Mogaung Valley.


03/14/44

Fourteenth AF

20 Japanese bmrs hit A/Fs at Hengyang and Suichwan. Surprise prevents effective interception by Fourteenth AF ftrs.


03/14/44

Fifth AF

More than 80 B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's, supported by Allied ftrs, pound Wewak area. 17 other B-24's bomb A/F at Tadji. 8 A-20's carry out sweep over Madang area while 12 bomb airstrip at Alexishafen.


03/14/44

Thirteenth AF

22 P-40's and P-39's hit Wunapope. 23 B-24's, with naval ftr cover, bomb N waterfront area of Simpson Harbor. 22 B-25's, with Navy ftr escort, bomb E section of town of Rabaul. P-39's, P-38's, P-40's, and Navy ftrs hit barges and other T/Os around coast of Bougainville and along NE New Ireland coast.


03/14/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Engebi bomb Kusaie. B-25's from Tarawa hit Wotje.


03/15/44

Eighth AF

330 B-17's and B-24's bomb industrial area of Brunswick. 2 P-47's each carrying 2 1,000-lb bombs, escorted by 6 P-47's, fly mission against enemy barge in Zuider Zee to test feasibility of this type of operation. The FBs score near misses.


03/15/44

Ninth AF

Ninth AF directive states that the Ninth is released from first priority commitment to assist Eighth AF. P-51's of the Ninth AF (committed to AEAF) will continue to escort HBs when required by the Eighth. Ninth AF Adv HQ assumes function of tgt selection and mission planning for IX BC. AEAF HQ has authority to indicate percentage of effect to be expended on each type of tgt on a long-term basis. 118 B-26's attack M/Ys at Aulnoye and Haine-Saint-Pierre and Chievres A/F. During the afternoon, 10 MBs using 'Oboe' to test its accuracy, bomb Coxyde A/F with poor results. Dive-bombing missions using ftrs begin with a 7-aircraft attack on SaintValery-en-Caux A/F.


03/15/44

Twelfth AF

MBs and FBs, together with MASAF HBs and other aircraft of MATAF in greatest air effort yet made in MTO, rain bombs upon enemy concentrations in Cassino and surrounding areas as NZ Corps begins third battle of Cassino. LBs and MBs also hit a cmd post E of Ceprano and town of San Benedetto de Marsi. Ftrs on patrol and sweep over Anzio, Cassino, and Rome meet no air opposition.


03/15/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 300 B-24's and B-17's bomb Cassino, area S of Cassino, and areas near Venafro, in spt of US Fifth Army. Over 250 other HBs return to base without bombing because of complete cloud cover of their tgt areas. Extensive ftr cover over Cassino area is provided by P-38's, and P-47's fly 2 sweeps over Viterbo-Canino area. There is no ftr opposition.


03/15/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's join British aircraft in pounding villages and Japanese positions in Arakan area. 31 B-24's and 20-plus RAF Wellingtons and Beaufighters pound supply dumps and T/Os in Rangoon area while 8 other B-24's hit barracks near Bangkok. Numerous US and RAF MBs and FBs attack villages, Japanese positions, ammo dumps, tanks, and many other T/Os in the Chin Hills, at Chindwin, in the Mogaung Valley, and in areas around Mandalay.


03/15/44

Fifth AF

More than 200 B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, P-38's, P-47's, and P-40's pound Wewak township, blasting docks, warehouses, gun positions, and numerous other tgts. Ftrs claim 11 enemy airplanes shot down. 36 B-25's bomb Tingo village and Lugos Mission area on Manus, where elements of 1st Cav Div make amphibious landing, take the mission, and head E toward Lorengau.


03/15/44

Thirteenth AF

Gen Hubert Harmon, CG Thirteenth AF, becomes COMAIRSOLS. 50-plus B-25's, P-40's, P-39's, and P-38's and Navy ftrs pound Wunapope supply areas. 24 B-25's, with Navy ftr escort, bomb Lakunai A/F. 22 unescorted B-24's, finding Tobera clouded over, bomb A/F at Rapopo as a secondary tgt.


03/15/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Kwajalein fly first Seventh AF mission against Truk Atoll, hitting Dublon I and Eten I before dawn; alternate tgts of Oroluk Anchorage and Ponape Town are also hit. B-25's from Tarawa hit Maloelap. By this date the A-24's, P-39's, and P-40's used against Mille and Jaluit during FLINTLOCK and CATCHPOLE have returned to Oahu for rest and reequipment.


03/16/44

Eighth AF

679 B-17's and B-24's bomb aircraft factories and A/Fs at Augsburg, Friedrichshafen, Gessertshausen, and Ulm. Ftr opposition is heavy against the first force of bmrs over France and Germany. 23 US bmrs are lost on mission.


03/16/44

Twelfth AF

FBs, LBs, and MBs blast gun positions in Cassino-Piedimonte area as battle of Cassino rages on. FBs also hit gun positions along Anzio beachhead front.


03/16/44

Tenth AF

29 A-31's hit Japanese positions in Arakan area. 6 B-25's damage bridge at Nattalin near Rangoon.


03/16/44

Fourteenth AF

7 P-40's on Yangtze R sweep damage 2 launches near Yoyang and pound barracks and storage at Sienning.


03/16/44

Fifth AF

70-plus B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's hit AA positions, buildings and salvage dumps at Wewak and nearby Brandi Plantation. 19 B-25's bomb personnel and storage areas at Nubia. B-24's and Catalinas attack Japanese convoy near Hollandia. Other B-24's bomb docks and factory area at Soerabaja.


03/16/44

Thirteenth AF

13 B-24's bomb Vunakanau A/F, and 12 B-25's follow with raid on Vunakanau radar Installations. 9 B-25's, 12 P-39's, md 11 P-40's hit Wunapope supply areas. 10 P-38's attack Cape Tawui while 11 B-25's pound N edge of Simpson Harbor. 7 P-38's strafe barges W of Raluana Pt. At Monoitu Mission, a raid by B-24's demolishes several buildings.


03/16/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Tarawa from Abemama pound Wotje, Ormed I and Mille.


03/16/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's take off from Shemya shortly before midnight 15/16 Mar to fly armed rcn over Matsuwa I, but turn back prematurely. Some of the bmrs jettison their bombloads over the tgt area.


03/17/44

Eighth AF

P-47 FBs, escorted by P-47 ftrs, attack Chartres A/F. 16 others bomb Soesterberg A/F, losing 2 aircraft to AA fire.


03/17/44

Ninth AF

70 B-25's bomb M/Y at Criel-sur-Mer."


03/17/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's bomb Montepescali M/Y and Cecina. B-25's hit Roccasecca and Castrocielo, while A-20's hit troop concentration in Cassino area. FBs hit guns in Cassino lrea and attack nearby railroad bridge and underpass with good results.


03/17/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 200 B-24's bomb Vienna and various T/Os. P-47's and P-38's provide escort. Over 100 B-17's abort because of bad weather.


03/17/44

Tenth AF

24 B-24's and 12 P-38's attack supply dumps in Kalewa area in Chin Hills region. 18 A-31's hit villages and positions in same general area while 22 others attack troops near Thaungdut. 30-plus B-25's, P-51's, and A-36's damage Shweli and Mogaung bridges and hit positions and supply dumps in Kamaing area. 37 P-40's blast A/F at Myitkyina. Numerous other aircraft fly miscellaneous sorties over Sumprabum area. 2 B-25's cause fires among oil installations at Chauk.


03/17/44

Fourteenth AF

5 B-25's bomb and strafe boatyards at Vinh and hit lumber stores and sawmills at nearby Ben Thuy.


03/17/44

Fifth AF

Almost 100 B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's attack Wewak area. P-38's hit Hansa Bay area while other B-25's bomb Madang-Alexishafen area. Soerabaja naval base is bombed by B-24's."


03/17/44

Thirteenth AF

31 FBs and 31 B-25's pound supply areas at Wunapope and at Ralum. A few FBs hit Japanese bivouac area on Matchin Bay. 20-plus B-24's pound airstrip at Namatanai."


03/17/44

Seventh AF

B-24's and B-25's from Tarawa bomb, respectively, Ponape and Jaluit.


03/17/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's fly armed rcn over Onnekotan I before dawn releasing bombs through overcast.


03/18/44

Eighth AF

679 B-17's and B-24's bomb aircraft plants and A/Fs at Oberpfaffenhofen, Friedrichshafen, Lechfeld, Munich, Landsberg, and Memmingen. Enemy ftrs attack in force and AA fire is heavy. 43 US bmrs and 13 escorting ftrs are lost. Total US claims for enemy aircraft destroyed are 84.


03/18/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's, B-26's, and A-20's bomb Foligno M/Y, Orvieto M/Y and railroad bridge, Poggibonsi railroad bridge, Piombino dock area, Colleferro railroad tracks, and assembly area N of Anzio. P-40's, A-36's, and P-47's attack gun positions in Anzio beachhead area, factory at Carroceto, motor transport concentrations in Cassino area, fuel dump, tank repair depot, and bivouac in beachhead area, motor transport around Ladispoli, railroad bridge N of Rome, and railroad tracks and cars at other points.


03/18/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 350 B-17's and B-24's bomb A/Fs at Villaorba, Udine, Gorizia, Lavariano, and Maniago. 126 P-38's and P-47's carry out sweeps in Udine-Maniago area, and strafe aircraft at Udine A/F tanker S of Marano Lagoon and a hangar, 2 trains, 2 radar stations, and seaplane anchorage (destroying 6 seaplanes) at Belvedere. HBs and escorts claim 48 enemy ftrs destroyed. 9 US aircraft are downed.


03/18/44

Tenth AF

12 A-31's hit Japanese positions W of Buthidaung in Arakan area. In the Chin Hills, 22 B-25's attack villages and oil storage areas near Kalewa while 16 B-24's and 41 A-31's pound same general area hitting Japanese positions and causing many fires. 20-plus P-51's and B-25's spt ground forces near Chindwin. 14 others hit truck park and supply area near Mandalay. 20-plus FBs (P-51's, P-40's, and A-36's) bomb Kamaing area while 10 more damage several riverboats near Katha.


03/18/44

Fourteenth AF

16 P-40's on Yangtze R sweep sink 1 large sailboat and strafe a transport ship at Chiuchiang. 2 P-40's damage bridge N of Haiphong and attack T/Os in the area, while 2 others sink 2 large junks at Thuong Mo. 12 P-40's on armed rcn from Nanning sink barge and damage other craft at Quang Yen, sink a transport vessel at Campha Port and damage a nearby bridge, attack a train and several buildings in Lang Son area, and damage a railroad bridge between Lang Son and Phu Lang Thuong.


03/18/44

Fifth AF

More than 100 B-24's B-25's, and A-20's continue to pound Wewak area, hitting AA positions and nearby Brandi Plantation. Japanese supply convoy reaches Wewak but escapes bombardment.


03/18/44

Thirteenth AF

12 P-40's pound fuel stores on Keravia Bay. 13 P-38's follow with strike on ammo dump at nearby Cape Tawui. 12 P-39's later hit Keravia Bay area. Still later, 24 B-24's and 13 B-25's blast town of Rabaul and foothills nearby. 18 P-39's, along with several naval FBs, hit shipping at mouths of Jaba and Tavena Rivers.


03/18/44

Seventh AF

2 B-25's from Engebi bomb and strafe Ponape. 13 B-25's from Abemama bomb Jaluit while 5 from Tawara hit the Atoll with bombs and cannon fire. 1 B-24 from Tarawa bombs Mille and photographs Mille and Majuro Atolls.


03/19/44

Eighth AF

172 B-17's attack Vweapon installations at Wizernes, Watten, and Marquise. 24 P-47 FBs dive-bomb Gilze-Rijen A/F. 11 P-47's fly top cover while 39 P-51's fly uneventful supporting sweep over S Netherlands.


03/19/44

Ninth AF

152 B-26's and 65 A-20's attack NOBALL tgts in SaintOmer area during morning and afternoon missions. 16 P-47's dive-bomb A/F between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Le Touquet. The morning raids precede Eighth AF attack with HBs on V-weapon sites."


03/19/44

MAAF

MATAF issues directive for Operation STRANGLE, to interdict supply movements in Italy by destroying M/Ys and attacking rail lines and ports in a concentrated campaign.


03/19/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's attack road bridge W of Arezzo and port installations at San Stefano al Mare. B-25's hit bridge approach in S Orvieto, M/Y's at Avezzano and Orte, and bridge at Orte. Tank repair shops near Tivoli are bombed by A-20's. P-47's and P-40's strike at enemy concentrations, dumps, and guns in US Fifth Army main battle area and in area N of Anzio beachhead.


03/19/44

Fifteenth AF

460th Bomb Gp (B-24) is declared operational making total of 14 HB gps operational in Fifteenth AF. 234 B-17's and B-24's, escorted by 100-plus ftrs, bomb A/F and town of Klagenfurt. Other B-24's (over 150) hit Graz factory complex M/Ys at Metkovic and Knin. Enemy (ftrs provide fierce opposition and along with AA fire, shoot down 17 HBs and 1 ftr. US aircraft claim 30 enemy ftrs destroyed in combat.


03/19/44

Tenth AF

20-plus B-25's and P-38's hit Wuntho. More than 20 A-31's attack villages and Japanese positions in the Chin Hills and near Chindwin. 70-plus FBs and 2 B-25's over Mogaung Valley bomb supply dumps, enemy positions, and T/Os throughout the area, concentrating attacks in and near Kamaing, Mogaung, and Sumprabum. 16 P-51's hit barracks and supply area at Meiktila A/F near Mandalay while 3 B-25's hit Indaw.


03/19/44

Fourteenth AF

2 B-25's, 9 P-38's, and 3 P-51's on Yangtze R sweep damage several river vessels, hit fort at Chihchow, and bomb A/F at Nanchang.


03/19/44

Fifth AF

Over 100 B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and P-47's pound Wewak area, hitting especially hard the Cape Moem and Cape Boram areas. Other B-25's and P-39's, along with RAAF airplanes, bomb Hansa Bay, Nubia, Madang, and Alexishafen area and hit tgts along Bogadjim Road. P-40's attack bivouac area and AA on Garove I. 130 B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and P-38's virtually destroy supply convoy proceeding from Wewak toward Hollandia, sinking at least 5 vessels.


03/19/44

Thirteenth AF

30-plus FBs over Rabaul area pound ammo dump and other tgts around Cape Tawui. 24 B-25's blast Wunapope area, concentrating on workers' quarters. 24 B-24's bomb airstrip at Panapai, causing considerable damage to runways.


03/19/44

Seventh AF

B-24's pound Wake from Kwajalein. B-25's from Abemama and Tarawa hit Maloelap, Jaluit, and Mille. 1 B-24 from Tarawa bombs Mille and photographs Mille and Majuro Atolls.


03/20/44

Eighth AF

51 B-17's bomb industry and transportation tgts at Frankfurt/Main. 99 HBs attack T/Os, including Bingen, Mannheim area, and Mainz area. Bad weather and malfunction of blind-bombing equipment cause nearly 300 HBs to abandon mission."


03/20/44

Ninth AF

67th Tac Rcn Gp completes series of 83 missions (begun on 23 Feb) during which photos were made of 160 mi of French coastline and 2 inshore strips, each 120 mi long; 9500 prints are produced and no aircraft are lost. Over 200 B-26's and A-20's bomb 4 NOBALL tgts and Creil M/Y. 85 P-47's dive-bomb A/Fs at Abbeville, Poix, and Conches.


03/20/44

Twelfth AF

310th Bomb Gp (M) is transferred from XII FC to 57th Bomb Wg, thus consolidating all B-25 units of the Twelfth under 1 wg. B-25's strike harbor and shipping at Piombino, Poggibonsi railroad bridge, Port' Ercole, and area around Orvieto railroad bridge. B-25's hit Orvieto M/Y and underpass and road bridge nearby, Terni M/Y, and dock at San Stefano al Mare. Factory at Fontana Liri is accurately bombed by A-20's. P-40's hit troop concentrations, guns, and fuel dump in Cassino-Fontana Liri area while A-36's blast railway station at Frosinone and also drop food for troops in Cassino area. P-47's hit fuel dump at Fontana Liri."


03/20/44

USSR

Red Army sweeps into Bessarabia.


03/20/44

Tenth AF

In the Arakan area, 12 A-31's hit Japanese positions near Kaladan and Buthidaung while 6 P-38's severely damage bridge at Lamu. 20-plus B-25's, and P-51's hit comm and transportation tgts in Katha area. 6 B-24's bomb Moulmein-Martaban area. More than 100 FBs strike Mogaung Valley buildings and supply areas, and fuel dumps at Mogaung, Myitkyina, Sumprabum, and Sahmaw.


03/20/44

Fourteenth AF

Photo rcn sorties are flown over C China and NE Burma.


03/20/44

Fifth AF

30-plus B-24's bomb A/F at Aitape. Over 20 P-39's and A-20's hit Japanese HQ and other tgts along Bogadjim Road while B-25's and P-39's on armed rcn hit tgts at Milhanak, along Gogol R, at Yeschan, Burui A/F, and at Erima. P-40's on armed rcn hit villages and barges along Bangula Bay coast. At night B-24's bomb remnants of supply convoy off Cape Terabu.


03/20/44

Thirteenth AF

20-plus FBs hit Ratawul supply area. Later 20-plus ftrs attack barges in Rabaul area while 3 B-34's blast several buildings at nearby Massava Bay. 23 B-24's bomb A/F at Vunakanau while 24 B-25's pound Lakunai. 10 P-40's and P-39's bomb Numa Numa and strafe coastal T/Os. Rcn patrol of SB-24's cover Marines moving onto Emirau I. Ftr patrol is unnecessary due to unexpected lack of opposition. After initial landing by Marines other Allied ground forces move ashore. By afternoon of 21 Mar the occupation of the island is complete. Construction of a base begins shortly.


03/20/44

Seventh AF

12 B-25's from Tarawa bomb radio station and pier on Emidj. 1 other B-25 from Tarawa bombs Mille, rearms at Majuro, and again bombs Mille on return trip.


03/21/44

Eighth AF

56 B-24's bomb Vweapon launching installation at Watten. 41 P-51's in a ftr sweep over S France claim 21 aircraft destroyed. About 650 B-17's and B-24's bomb Berlin area, including aircraft factories at Basdorf and Oranienburg. Of 12 brms lost, 1 B-17 is destroyed by a bomb dropped by a B-17 from a sq flying at a higher altitude.


03/21/44

Ninth AF

All B-26's dispatched to bomb NOBALL tgts in France are recalled because of bad weather.


03/21/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's make unsuccessful attempt to bomb Poggibonsi bridge. Weather cancels other B-25 missions and all A-20 operations. B-26's attack Arezzo and Bucine viaducts and Poggibonsi and Cecina railroad bridges. P-47's hit railroad bridges N of Rome while P-40's bomb tgts in Anzio area. A-36's drop food in Cassino area.


03/21/44

Fifteenth AF

Bad weather limits operations to photo and weather rcn missions.


03/21/44

Tenth AF

30-plus A-31's hit Japanese positions near Arakan and in the Chin Hills. 25 B-25's and P-51's destroy 1 bridge and damage another near Meza, pound buildings and T/Os in Mawlu area and hit a locomotive and several trucks in Banmauk-Indaw area. 6 P-38's bomb Monywa oil dumps, causing several large fires. 80-plus FBs and 2 B-25's hit town of Manywet, storage area at Myitkyina, buildings at Kamaing and Myitkyina, and warehouses, bypass, and bridge at Hopin.


03/21/44

Fifth AF

140-plus B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, P-38's, and P-40's attack numerous tgts in Wewak-Tadji-Hansa Bay-Schouten Is areas. P-39's and RAAF FBs blast Japanese positions in Madang area. P-40's and A-20's on armed rcn attack tgts on New Britain and on Garove I to the N.


03/21/44

Thirteenth AF

30-plus FBs and 24 B-25's pound Lakunai A/F area. 22 B-24's bomb Vunakanau A/F. Ftrs carry out barge sweeps in Rabaul area. 14 P-39's hit Numa Numa. Small strikes are flown against Monoitu and a bridge at Meive, and FBs spt ground forces and bomb bivouac along Empress Augusta Bay.


03/21/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Tarawa hit Mille, Maloelap and Ponape. Tarawa-based B-25's also pound Maloelap.


03/22/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's attack Poggibonsi railroad bridge and viaduct W of Arezzo. B-25's hit road bridge near Poggibonsi. P-40's bomb guns in Avezzano and Pico areas. P-40's on patrols over Anzio and Cassino claim 2 ftrs destroyed.


03/22/44

Fifteenth AF

Around 100 B-17's bomb M/Ys at Verona while about 100 B-24's hit M/Ys at Bologna and Rimini. P-38's and P-47's provide cover for all the missions. 2 HBs are lost to flak and another has to ditch.


03/22/44

CBI

Japanese move into India from Burma, penetrate to 30 mi E of Imphal.


03/22/44

Tenth AF

36 A-31's hit villages of Homalin and Myothit and bomb Japanese positions near Chindwin. Over 100 ftrs and FBs over Mogaung Valley attack troops, storage, and other tgts and cause several fires throughout the area. 20-plus P-51's and B-25's carry out ground spt missions in Mawlu area near Katha. Near Rangoon 4 B-24's set fire to Prome supply dumps while a single P-38 damages railroad bridges and several trucks at Pyinmana.


03/22/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's from Yangkai hit several tgts in and around Phu Dien Chau, Ha Trung, Dong Giao, and Nam Dinh. Results in(lude 3 locomotives destroyed and another damaged, 3 125-ft steamers damaged, and a bridge roadbed weakened. I B-25 is lost.


03/22/44

Fifth AF

130-plus B-24's, B-25's. B-20's, and P-40's attack Wewak area, hitting enemy positions, AA guns, storage areas at Wewak, Boram, and Yeschan, and hitting shipping offshore. Japanese HQ and troops are hit by 25 other aircraft in Aitape-Tadji area. P-47's hit barges at Alexishafen while P-39's hit HQ and supply dump along Bogadjim Road. A-20's hit barges near Pondo Plantation and hit Ewasse village.


03/22/44

Thirteenth AF

30-plus FBs hit supply area along Laruma R. A total of 13 B-24's carry out small strikes against Buka, Monoitu, Kahili, and Kara. 23 B-25's pound Lakunai A/F, 10 B-24's bomb Tobera, and a single B-24 hits Rabaul.


03/22/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Abemama and Tarawa bomb Mille and Jaluit.


03/23/44

Eighth AF

767 HBs are dispatched to attack A/Fs in W Germany and aircraft factories in Brunswick area. Due to unfavorable weather conditions, only 68 Hbs bomb primary tgt (A/F at Handorf). 205 bomb city of Brunswick (secondary tgt) and 432 others bomb T/Os, including Hamm M/Y, Osnabruck, Munster, Ahlen, Beckum, Neubeckum, and Drensteinfurt. 28 aircraft are lost, mostly to ftrs."


03/23/44

Ninth AF

220 B-26's on morning mission bomb Creil M/Y and A/Fs at Beaumont-le-Roger and Beauvais/Tille. In afternoon raid, 146 bomb Haine-Saint-Pierre M/Y.


03/23/44

Twelfth AF

B-26's bomb Florence/Campo di Marte M/Y while B-25's hit Pontassieve railway bridge and its approaches. P-40's attack guns in Cassino-Esperia area, causing many fires and explosions. A-36's bomb Cassino area with good results. Germans have been forced into narrow zone in W edge of Cassino but still hold positions commanding the town and the Abbey; NZ Corps breaks off attack.


03/23/44

Tenth AF

In Chin Hills region 12 A-31's hit Japanese positions, 12 B-24's and 10 P-38's bomb Kalewa, and 9 B-25's attack Kaing and Shwebo. In Katha area 12 P-51's bomb Naba Station while 12 others join 9 B-25's in attacking ammo and gas dumps at Indaw. 4 P-40's bomb stores at Kamaing while 30-plus other ftrs fly armed rcn over the Mogaung Valley in general. 12 B-24's pound Moulmein jetty and attack Moulmein-Bangkok railroad tgts, destroying 2 bridges, damaging several others, and scoring effective hits on 2 trains.


03/23/44

Fourteenth AF

B-25's on railroad sweep N from Vinh destroy 2 engines and several boxcars at Van Trai Station yards and attack 3 bridges between Vinh and Thanh Hoa.


03/23/44

Fifth AF

Nearly 100 B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and P-47's hit numerous tgts in Aitape, Wewak, Alexishafen, and Hansa Bay areas. 29 P-40's attack Talasea and nearby bivouacs, including Gogosi. B-24's bomb Babo and during the night attack shipping in Bismarck Sea.


03/23/44

Thirteenth AF

14 P-38's bomb T/Os at Komaleai Pt while 24 B-25's hit Buka area after weather prevented scheduled attacks on Rabaul. Ftrs fly sweeps over Rabaul and general New Ireland area, and 12 P-40's bomb fuel dump at Keravia Bay. 15 B-24's out of 24 dispatched plow through the bad weather and bomb Ratawul supply area.


03/23/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Kwajalein bomb Wake. B-25's flying out of Eniwetok hit Ponape. Tarawa-based B-25's strike Maloelap and Jaluit, commencing a series of B-25 shuttlemissions between Tarawa or Makin and the Navy's new base at Majuro Atoll which is used as the rearming base for the return strike.


03/24/44

Eighth AF

59 B-17's bomb Schweinfurt, using blind-bombing equipment. 162 other B-17's diverting from primary tgt at Schweinfurt because of clouds, bomb M/Y at Frankfurt/Main. Primary B-24 tgts, A/Fs at Metz and Nancy, are overcast, but 33 are able to bomb Nancy while 147 Dthers bomb secondary tgt of Saint Dizier/Robinson A/F.


03/24/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's pound supply and bivouac areas in Piedimonte and Castrocielo and harbor installations at Leghorn. B-25's hit bridge and railroad tracks NW of Orvieto, and A-20's bomb guns in Cassino area. P-40's and A-36's in Cassino area hit guns, troop concentrations, road, and causeway. P-47's on armed rcn in Rome-Orvieto-Orte areas hit train and bridge.


03/24/44

Fifteenth AF

More than 100 B-24's bomb Rimini M/Ys while 32 others attack Ancona, Senigallia, and rail and road bridges over Vomano R S of Giulianova. Over 200 other B-17's and B-24's turn back before reaching tgt and before rendezvous with ftr escorts. 3 B-17's and 1 B-24 hit T/Os in Italy and Yugoslavia. 6 B-24's are lost. The HBs claim 10 enemy ftrs destroyed.


03/24/44

Tenth AF

Near Chindwin 50-plus A-31's attack Homalin and Tamanthi. In Mandalay area 12 B-24's and 10 P-38's bomb Pyingaing dump, 9 B-25's hit Shwebo railroad yards and a nearby factory, and 8 P-51's attack Gokteik Viaduct. 4 P-40's bomb Japanese positions near Shaduzup.


03/24/44

Fifth AF

P-39's and P-40's hit Alexishafen with dive bombing and strafing attack at midday. A single B-24 bombs nearby Sek I. Other B-24's on armed rcn score hit on minesweeper. Organized Japanese resistance ends on Los Negros and Bougainville, although considerable time will be required for mopping-up operations.


03/24/44

Thirteenth AF

20-plus B-25's hit airstrip at Tobera. A few which lost contact with formation bomb Vunakanau instead. More than 30 P-38's, P-39's, and P-40's hit Wunapope with incendiary clusters, causing numerous fires.


03/24/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Tarawa bomb Jaluit while others, flying out of Eniwetok, hit Ponape and Ant Is.


03/24/44

Eleventh AF

3 B-24's fly photo mission over Onnekotan.


03/25/44

Ninth AF

More than 140 MBs attack Hirson M/Y."


03/25/44

Twelfth AF

Weather severely curtails operations. B-26's bomb Leghorn dockyard and town of Rignano sull' Arno. P-40 FBs attack gun positions in Anzio beachhead battle area. Ftrs fly cover over Anzio and Cassino areas.


03/25/44

Tenth AF

50-plus A-31's attack Japanese-held villages and gun positions from Kalewa to Homalin. 8 B-24's hit Mogaung supply dumps, causing fires and much smoke. 12 P-40's bomb Kamaing area. Japanese aircraft (5 MBs and 30 ftrs) attack Allied airstrips at Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar and Anisakan. Tenth AF and RAF interceptors claim 7 airplanes shot down.


03/25/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-24's from Chengkung bomb motor pool and fuel dump at Mangshih, demolishing a sizeable portion of the tgt area.


03/25/44

Fifth AF

More than 100 B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's continue pounding of Wewak area, destroying supply dumps along coast from Wewak Pt to the A/F, fuel dump W of Boram, and tgts along Sauri road and in Cape Wom area. Other A-20's attack coastal area around Bunabun Harbor. P-40's attack a Japanese HQ at Cape Hoskins. B-24's bomb BaboUrarom area. On Manus, last major battle takes place; isolated enemy positions remain to be eliminated.


03/25/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's pound Ratawul supply area while 34 FBs hit Keravia Bay fuel stores. 20-plus FBs hit Miwo R bridge and nearby bivouac area and bomb truck park W of Omoi R.


03/25/44

Seventh AF

Adv HQ in Tarawa is disbanded and the Seventh's operations in C Pacific forward area are placed under VII BC at Kwajalein. B-25's from Eniwetok pound Ponape and claim 4 ftrs shot down. B-25's from Abemama bomb Maloelap.


03/25/44

Eleventh AF

2 Shemya-based B-24's bomb Kurabu Cape and N coast of Onnekotan.


03/26/44

Eighth AF

Nearly 500 B-17's and B-24's bomb V-weapon installations and T/Os in the Pas de Calais and Cherbourg areas.


03/26/44

Ninth AF

338 B-26's and 35 A-20's attack Ijmuiden torpedo-boat pens. Nearly 140 P-47's and P-51's dive-bomb Creil M/Y and military installations in France.


03/26/44

Twelfth AF

Operations are at a minimum as bad weather continues. B-26's score numerous hits on Arezzo viaducts, B-25's attack Perugia railway bridge, scoring near misses, and A-20's successfully bomb troop concentrations N of Velletri. P-47's achieve direct hits on railway bridge NW of Stimigliano and near misses on railway bridge SW of Tarquinia. P-40's hit guns near Fontana Liri and N of Anzio beachhead with good results.


03/26/44

Fifteenth AF

60-plus B-17's and B-24's hit port of Fiume and M/Ys at Rimini and Maniago. P-47's and P-38's provide escort. Over 150 other B-17's and B-24's abort missions because of bad weather.


03/26/44

Tenth AF

In Chin Hills region 40-plus A-31's pound Japanese positions in Tonzang-Kalewa area and near Kalemyo. The FBs also claim more than 20 trucks destroyed in the Kalemyo area. Near Chindwin 3 B-24's and 3 B-25's bomb troops along Imphal-Tiddim road. 70-plus Fbs and a lone B-25 attack tgts in Moraung Valley area, including A/Fs at Manywet and Myitkyina, and bridges, roads, railroads and T/Os at Mogaung, Kamaing, and Myitkyina. In the Katha area 8 P-51's and 3 B-25's hit Japanese bivouac NE of Bhamo and claim 6 warehouses detroyed at Nankan.


03/26/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's hit Bakli bay area. 2 merchant vessels are laimed sunk, and damage is done to tracks and loading equipment. 4 P-40's on sweep of N coast of Gulf of Tonkin sink ore boat and damage 4 barges.


03/26/44

Fifth AF

220-plus B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, and ftrs hit Wewak, Boram, lape Wom, Aitape, Hansa Bay coast, Mushu I, and general area along N oast of NE New Guinea, blasting torage areas, barges, shipping, rounded airplanes, fuel dumps, and enemy troops. Other A-20's hit Bunaun Harbor while P-39's hit Madang rea. P-39's and P-40's attack Cape roskins and troops in Talasea area. On Manus I A-20's hit buildings and Japanese positions on S shore.


03/26/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's hit Vunakanau A/F and 37 FBs attack upply areas along Talili Bay. B-25's ontinue to heckle Rabaul area durg the night. In Bougainville area 3 B-24's and 20 FBs hit pillboxes and T/Os on islands off Tekessi R mouth and near Monoitu. FBs again spt round forces along Empress Auusta Bay, hitting supply dump N of Reini R and enemy positions near mouths of Tekessi and Maririei rivers. The FBs claim destruction of bridge over the Puriata R. 24 B-24's on mission against Truk I fail to reach tgt and bomb Pulusuk I instead. Several of the HBs are forced to land on Green I because of fuel shortages.


03/26/44

Seventh AF

Eniwetok-based B-25's strike Ponape. B-25's from Tarawa hit Jaluit, rearm at Majuro, and hit Jaluit again on return flight to Tarawa.


03/27/44

Eighth AF

Almost 700 B-17's and B-24's bomb A/Fs at Cazaux, Bordeaux, Pau, Biarritz, Mont-de-Marsan, Saint-Jean-d'Angely, La Rochelle, Tours, and Chartres, and an aircraft works at Tours.


03/27/44

Ninth AF

18 B-26's attack Vweapon sites in N France. 35 others abort due primarily to failure of blind-bombing equipment. Onset of bad weather makes this the last MB mission until 8 Apr.


03/27/44

Twelfth AF

A-20's successfully bomb Sesti Bagni railway station; B-26's hit Poggibonsi railway bridge, and tracks and train cars in the area; and B-25's attack bridges at Marsciano, Perugia, and Grosseto railroad bridges, scoring damaging hits at Grosseto. P-40's hit cmd post and supply dumps, and fly road rcn SE of Rome with good results. A-36's bomb Sesti Bagni railway station and nearby trucks, while P-47's attack bridge, junctions, and train cars on Rome-Orvieto railroad. P-47's and P-40's maintain cover over Cassino and Anzio battle areas.


03/27/44

Tenth AF

8 B-24's hit supply dumps at Kamaing, while about 50 FBs and 2 B-25's hit troops in Myitkinya area and spt ground forces near Kamaing. In Katha area 12 B-25's and 16 P-38's and P-51's hit bridge and railroad facilities near Meza and railroad near Kawlin. 60 A-31's pound T/Os along upper Chindwin R.


03/27/44

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's pound Viet Tri area, damaging 2 factories, a bridge, and several railroad cars. 60-plus P-40's, P-38's, and P-51's attack troops and buildings at Sienning and Kwanyinchow hit bridge, warehouse, and general area at Anyi, damage bridges at Kienchang and Puchi, and pound Nanchang A/F and surrounding areas.


03/27/44

Fifth AF

More than 200 B-24's, B-25's, A-20's, P-47's, P-40's, and P-39's attack storage areas, shipping, bridges, fuel dumps, enemy troop concentrations, and other tgts in areas around Wewak, Hansa Bay, Uligan Harbor, and Madang. Other aircraft carry out sweeps and armed rcn over New Britain and Bismarck Sea."


03/27/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's hit Wunapope with incendiaries. 34 FBs follow in rapid succession with another incendiary strike, leaving the entire vicinity in flames. 8 P-40's hit fuel dump at mouth of Tekessi R.


03/27/44

Seventh AF

B-25's and B-24's from Tarawa hit Maloelap, Mille, and Wotje. B-25's from Eniwetok Atoll bomb Jaluit and strafe and cannonade Ponape. A single B-24 from Tarawa bombs Jabor.


03/28/44

Eighth AF

363 B-17's attack A/Fs at Dijon, Reims, Chateaudun, and Chartres. 78 B-24's dispatched to bomb port area of Ijmuiden are recalled because of thick cloud cover over North Sea.


03/28/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's knock out bridge approach E of Perugia and bomb railway junction and M/Y at Montepescali. B-25's bomb railway bridge S of Mignano and viaduct to the SE, and hit Certaldo railway bridge. A-20's attack tank factory N of Tivoli. P-40's strike guns in Anzio area; guns, trucks, and roads during armed rcn of Cassino-Giulianello area; and supply dumps and truck parks near Velletri and Sora. A-36's attack 2 railroad bridges and tracks at Montalto di Castro and near Orvieto. Ftrs carry out patrols over Anzio and Cassino areas.


03/28/44

Fifteenth AF

Almost 400 B-17's and B-24's, largest Fifteenth AF attack to date, bomb M/Ys at Verona and Mestre, and railroad and highway bridges at Cesano and Fano. P-38's and P-40's provide excellent coverage and no HBs are lost. HBs and escorts claim 12 ftrs destroyed. 5 US ftrs are lost.


03/28/44

Tenth AF

In the Mogaung Valley 8 B-24's bomb Kamaing storage area, while 60-plus FBs and 9 B-25's furnish ground spt in Sumprabum, Mogaung, and Kamaing areas, and bomb storage and town areas of Manywet, Mohnyin, and Kamaing. 60 A-31's over Chindwin area attack villages from Thaungdut northward, while 6 others hit Kalewa.


03/28/44

Fourteenth AF

4 B-25's bomb barracks area at Vinh Yen, scoring direct hits on 4 buildings.


03/28/44

Fifth AF

B-24's hit Hollandia and Penfoei."


03/28/44

Thirteenth AF

24 B-25's bomb Tobera A/F, causing considerable damage to landing strip. FBs hit Ratawul supply area and SW part of Rabaul. A few P-40's attack Numa Numa supply area, a single B-24 scores damaging hits on Japanese-held mission at Monoitu, and other planes hit scattered T/Os.


03/28/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Abenama and Tarawa pound Jaluit, Mille, and Maloelap. A single B-24 from Kwajalein, en route to Eniwetok, bombs Rongelap. B-24's, flying night nission from Kwajalein, bomb tgts Lt Truk.


03/29/44

Eighth AF

187 B-17's bomb industrial area of Brunswick. 40 atack T/Os, including Stedorf and Unterluss. 77 B-24's are dispatched to omb V-weapon installation at Watten, but malfunction of Pathfinder equipment and navigational difficulties result in only 31 bombing the tgt.


03/29/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's attack Viterbo A/F, causing considerable damage to tgt. B-26's hit Leghorn and many mall craft nearby. French B-26's attached to Twelfth AF bomb Portoerraio on Elba. P-40's attack supply dumps and bivouac area SE of Rome, tank repair shop E of Rome, and guns and supply dumps E of Velletri. P-47's cut lines at railway overpass of Rome while A-36's bomb harbors at San Stefano al Mare and Civitavecchia and hit nearby T/Os. spitfires, P-40's, and P-47's patrol Anzio battle area.


03/29/44

Fifteenth AF

About 400 B-17's cmd B-24's (largest Fifteenth AF total to date) bomb M/Ys at Bolzano, Turin, and Milan. P-47's and P-38's fly escort. The HBs and ftrs claim 13 aircraft destroyed. 6 US aircraft are lost.


03/29/44

Tenth AF

In Chindwin area 70-plus A-31's hit Japanese positions and T/Os near Tonzang, Homalin, Imphal, Ukhrul, Tamu, and Jessami. 20-plus P-51's and B-25's over Katha area hit railroad and warehouse at Indaw spt ground forces nearby. 12 P-38's join numerous RAF airplanes in strikes on A/Fs, railroads, riverboats, and a variety of tgts in Mandalay area. 12 B-24's pound Victoria Lake region near Rangoon. 80-plus FBs and a few B-25's blast tgts throughout Mogaung Valley, including Waingmaw area, Mogaung, Nanyaseik, guns NE of Kamaing, and numerous scattered fortifications, supply areas, troop concentrations, and pillboxes. 80-plus other ftrs maintain patrol of Sumprabum area.


03/29/44

Fourteenth AF

12 P-40's and 3 P-51's attack railroad station area at Nanchang, causing much damage to buildings and yards. The FBs also strafe A/F and attack nearby bridge.


03/29/44

Fifth AF

Gen Prentiss is announced as CG V AFSC and Gen Carter as CG 54th TC Wg. B-24's bomb Hollandia. B-25's and A-20's pound Wewak area, hitting tgts at Cape Wom and Dagua and attacking shipping throughout the day. More A-20's pound Bogia-Bunabun area and P-39's hit AA position at Erima in Madang area. P-47's and P-40's on ftr sweep and armed rcn strafe coastal T/Os in NE New Guinea and New Britain.


03/29/44

Thirteenth AF

In Rabaul area 19 FBs hit T/Os along Miwo R and at Mawareka and Kimaku; 8 others abort because of bad weather. Ftrs sweeping vicinity of Rabaul strafe shipping in Keravia Bay and knock out gun position at Cape Tawui. 24 B-25's and 11 P-40's get through the bad weather and pound supply areas at Wunapope and Ratawul, respectively. A few P-38's hit Numa Numa while other FBs again spt ground forces at mouth of Tekessi R. B-24's of 307th Bomb Gp carry out the first daylight raid on Truk Atoll, bombing the A/F on Eten I. The mission is staged from Munda through Torokina for arming and Nissan for refueling before the strike. The unescorted HBs claim 31 interceptors destroyed, along with almost 50 airplanes on the ground. 2 B-24's are lost.


03/29/44

Seventh AF

B-25's from Kwajalein hit Jaluit and Rongelap. B-25's from Eniwetok strike Ponape while others from Tarawa bomb Maloelap and Jaluit.


03/30/44

Eighth AF

23 P-47 FBs of 2 gps launch dive-bombing attack on Eindhoven and Soesterberg A/Fs. A third gp of P-47's strafes A/Fs at Venlo, Deelen, and Twente and other military objectives in E Netherlands and NW Germany, including M/Y at Viersen, shipping on Rhine R, flak towers, and gun emplacements. 1 ftr is lost.


03/30/44

Ninth AF

IX Engineer Cmd is formally activated by WD. CG is Gen Newman.


03/30/44

Twelfth AF

B-25's hit harbor at Leghorn and railroad bridge NW of Orte. P-40's and A-36's attack ammo dump NW of Roccasecca, trucks and supply dump NE of Tivoli and near Fumone and Gaeta, railroad bridges SE of Civita Castellana and NW of Stimigliano and Orvieto, and motor transport N of Cori and at scattered points."


03/30/44

Fifteenth AF

463d Bomb Gp (B-17) becomes the fifteenth HB gp declared operational by Fifteenth AF. Nearly 350 B-24's and B-17's bomb M/Ys at Sofia and industrial complex and A/F at Imotski. Escorting ftrs and the HBs claim 13 enemy ftrs shot down. 4 HBs are lost.


03/30/44

Tenth AF

17 A-31's bomb Kaing area and NW Paungbyin. 5 others hit T/Os around Thayaung. 6 P-51's hit Anisakan A/F.


03/30/44

Fourteenth AF

2 B-24's fly sea sweep from Kunming, around Hainan I, and across Gulf of Tonkin to Nam Dinh. En route, a freighter is strafed. 1 HB bombs spinning mills at Nam Sinh, causing considerable damage.


03/30/44

Fifth AF

60-plus B-24's, with spt from more than 90 P-38's and P-47's, hit Hollandia in first big daylight raid. A/Fs and fuel dumps are bombed. A large number of enemy aircraft are destroyed or damaged on the ground. Escorting ftrs claim about 10 interceptors shot down. B-25's, A-20's, P-47's, P-40's, and P-39's continue to blast Japanese installations and forces in areas around Wewak, Tadji, and Madang.


03/30/44

Thirteenth AF

11 B-24's fly longrange strike against Moen I. The HBs score damaging hits on the A/F and claim 11 ftrs shot down. 1 B-24 is lost. The raid follows a snooper strike by 2 B-24's the previous night. In Rabaul area 10 P-38's hit SW part of the town with incendiaries while 24 B-25's pound nearby Wunapope. FBs and MBs, operating mainly in pairs, hit supply area on Mupeka R and Japanese-occupied areas at mouths of Puriata and Mamaregu Rivers. FBs continue to spt ground forces along Empress Augusta Bay perimeter hitting bivouac and truck park at Numa Numa, fords across Hongorai R, and bridge across the Puriata.


03/30/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Kawajalein and Eniwetok hit Truk before dawn. B-25's from Kwajalein and Tarawa strike Wotje, Mille, Jaluit, and Maloelap.


03/31/44

Twelfth AF

Weather prevents completion of most Twelfth AF operations. P-47's carry out sweep N of Rome.


03/31/44

Tenth AF

24 A-31's bomb Kaing and Homalin areas. 60 A-31's hit supply dumps and villages around Mintha, Ft Keary, Thaungdut, and Ukhrul. 9 B-25's hit nearby Pinlebu area. 10 P-51's hit Japanese positions near 'Broadway' airstrip. 12 P-40's bomb Warong area while others patrol around Sumprabum. Near Katha 3 B-25's and 6 P-51's hit warehouse, railroad cars, and track at Zawchaung.


03/31/44

Fifth AF

60-plus B-24's, with P-38 spt, pound Hollandia for second successive day. 3 A/Fs in area are thoroughly blasted and a large number of enemy airplanes destroyed. US aircraft claim 14 interceptors shot down. Supplies, enemy troops, and coastal tgts in Tadji, Wewak, and Hansa Bay areas are hit by 120-plus A-20's and B-25's.


03/31/44

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's bomb Ratawul supply point, 11 P-40's hit Wunapope, and 26 P-39's and P-38's bomb NE part of Rabaul with incendiaries. Ftr sweeps over Rabaul and New Ireland continue. 25 FBs pound Numa Numa supply area.


03/31/44

Seventh AF

B-24's from Eniwetok bomb Truk in predawn mission. B-25's from Eniwetok hit Ponape while others, flying out of Tarawa, pound Maloelap and Jaluit.


03/31/44

Eleventh AF

XI BG and XI FC are disbanded. Their headquarters personnel is absorbed by the 28th Bomb Gp and the 343d Ftr Gp, respectively.


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