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WAR NEWS / MAY24 TH, 1944

Discussion in 'WWII General' started by WALT, May 24, 2002.

  1. WALT

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    ITALY ...The attacks of the Fifth and eight Armies continue...The Canadans take Pontecorrvo and to the North their 5th Armored Division reaches the River Melfa. Terraicina is occupied by II U.S. Corp despite resistance from 29th Panzer Grenadier Division....At Anzio the attacks also continue....Cisterna is still held by the Germans, but a little to the South of rt. 7 is reached near Latina...Hitler authorizes Kesselring to withdraw to the Caesar line.
    BURMA ...Their are strong counterattacks by units of the Japanese 18th Division South of Myitkyina.
     
  2. C.Evans

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    Grand idea Sir Walt--keep this happening--I like the bits-o-news. :D
     
  3. Erich

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    On May 24, 1944 a huge air battle took place in skies above Berlin. The 8th Air force took on the Reichs defence battles in a fierce contention. Luftwaffe lost 29 single engine fighters and US bomber command lost 34 heavy bombers.
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  4. Smoke286

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    Erich, does it say if all of those were lost to the German fighters or were some the victims of flak? It would seem to me if The US lost Bombers to German fighters at that rate they would not be able to keep up with the losses for very long.
     
  5. Friedrich

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    Hallo!

    I think that Erich's numbers show that in 1944, the Luftwaffe was being overwhelmed. Those fighter losses are too heavy and that bomber's losses are not as heavy as in 1943... Perhaps at night it was a little bit better, because there were not too too much night Allied fighters. But at day, the Mustang was showing himself as the best aeroplane of WWII and we were showing how weak we were at that point...
     
  6. WALT

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    Hi Carl, Smoke, Friedrick, and everybody. I will try to, but please keep in mind, most of the time Im just sorta posting a breif outline, and offten, thats all I have. The posting is meant to be just for gereral interest, but if you guys think its a good idea, then hey, lets do it !
     
  7. Otto

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    The "daily news" is a nice touch and much appreciated Walt,

    BTW, take a look at the avatars
     
  8. Erich

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    Smoke, others, yes Friedrich is quite correct that the P-51 B is coming in existance now to replace the P-47 as the prime bomber protector. As always, the defence of Berlin was often fought with huge numbers of Luftwaffe aaa/c generally falling to the guns of the bombers and Allied escorts. It only gets worse in July till the end of 44. There is a slight break in the defensive action as most Reichs defence units were involved in the Normandy campaign and generally slaughtered by being overwhelmed. Tactics did take a big turn come the second week of July when the Luftwaffe was ordered to attack the bombers from the rear almost entirely........well more to come as we go day by day.

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