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1st May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched on an early morning mission to attack 23 V-weapon sites in Pas de Calais area. Bad weather causes many aborts. 129 of these heavy bombers manage to attack V-weapon sites at Marquise, Mimoyecques, Watten, and Bois de l'Enfer and airfields at Paix, Montdidier, and Roye, Amy. In afternoon raid 328 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Troyes, Reims, Sarreguemines, Metz, Liege, and Brussels.

Ninth Air Force. The last of the 11 bomb groups (8 medium and 3 light) of IX Bomber Command becomes operational. 450 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack numerous marshalling yards and industrial targets in France and Belgium.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges at Albinia Station, North West of Chiusi, in and near Grosseto, near Monte Molino, Calafuria, and at Pontedera. Also attacked are viaduct at Monte Catellana and marshalling yards at Florence, Campo di Marte and Florence, with particularly good results at Florence. Light bombers hit ammunition dump at Fara in Sabina. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit rail tracks in Rome area, Priverno station, guns North of Anzio, dumps at Frascati, stations at Colleferro and Frosinone, tracks at Orbetello and Orvieto, bridge and tunnel North of Todi, road in Canino, dump and factory at Stimigliano, vessels East of Piombino, factory East of Cecina, bridge approaches at Grosseto and Arezzo, dump at Grosseto, and tunnel at Rignano sull Arno.

Tenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit troop positions and supply dumps. 7 P-40 fighters over Mogaung Valley hit Kamaing and attack positions North of Nanyaseik. 30 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Maymyo, Mandalay marshalling yard, and oil facilities at Yenangyaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit targets over wide areas of South China, Burma and Indochina. The fighter-bombers knock out bridge at Wan Lai-Kam, pound motor pool at Wan Pa-Hsa, and strafe railroad station and airfield at Yuncheng, damage 3 bridges and hit numerous boxcars at Bac Le, Dinh Ca, and Dong Mo, and bomb carbide mines at Loc Binh. Dong Dang and Na Cham railroad yards are also strafed. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-40 fighters bomb Tangyang airfield and nearby cavalry post. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers over Amoy claim a small freighter sunk. 15 enemy aeroplanes bomb airstrips at Ankang and Hengyang.

Fifth Air Force. 180 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters pound Wewak and Hansa Bay areas throughout the day. Numerous coastline targets are hit, including airfields, vehicles, command, villages, antiaircraft positions, bivouacs, supplies, barges, and offshore islands. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Thirteenth Air Task Force hit Woleai and Eauriprik Islands.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over Borpop area attack coastal guns. 40 fighter-bombers and more than 30 Navy dive bombers pound Vunakambi Plantation. 38 P-39 fighters, flying 18 different missions, hit a variety of targets on South West Bougainville, including missions at Tinputs, Koromira, and Tsimba, Hongorai River crossing, Numa Numa bridge, and huts at Aravia and Kunapaupau.

Twentieth Air Force. By this date all 4 very heavy bomber fields in Chengtu area are open to B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber traffic.

Seventh Air Force. Shore based Air Force Forward Area (TF 59) is activated to control all Army, Navy, and Marine shore based aircraft in the Central Pacific forward area. The command is headed by General Hale, former Commanding General of the Seventh. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin bomb Jaluit.

Eleventh Air Force. A single weather sortie is flown.

Wolf Junge
Takes command of the battleship Tirpitz on 1 May 1944 to 4 November 1944

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