Skip to comments.ODESSA IS CAPTURED BY RED ARMY; U.S. FLIERS RIP INVASION DEFENSES (4/11/44)
Posted on 04/11/2014 5:02:06 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Soviets capture Kerch
Tuesday, April 11, 1944 www.onwar.com
On the Eastern Front... In the Crimea, forces of the Soviet 4th Ukrainian Front capture Dzhankoy. The Soviet Independent Coastal Army (Yeremenko) captures Kerch.
Over Occupied Holland... A force of 6 RAF Mosquito bombers destroy the Central Population Registry building in The Hague. Gestapo records are destroyed.
April 11th, 1944 (TUESDAY)
NETHERLANDS: The Hague: Six RAF Mosquitoes of No. 613 Squadron precision-bomb the Gestapo offices in the Kleizkamp Art Galleries, destroying files on the resistance and Dutch people earmarked for deportation. (22)
BELGIUM: 229 Ninth Air Force B-26s and 36 A-20s, including 3 dropping Window, attack Montignies Airfield at Charleroi, military installations on the coast, and Chievres Airfield. (Jack McKillop)
FRANCE: During the Eighth Air Force’s Mission 299: 5 B-17s drop 2 million leaflets on Paris, Rouen, Le Mans, Rennes, Vichy, Lyon, Limoges and Toulouse between 2301 and 0055 hours local without loss.
90+ Ninth Air Force P-47s dive-bomb a military installation and Gael Airfield, France. (Jack McKillop)
GERMANY: The Eighth Air Force flies Mission 298: 917 bombers and 819 fighters are dispatched in 3 separate forces to bomb production centres (primarily fighter aircraft factories) and targets of opportunity in northern Germany; 64 bombers are lost, one of the heaviest single-day losses of World War II. The bombers also drop 2.4 million leaflets:
- 108 B-17s hit aviation industry targets at Sorau and 17 bomb Cottbus; 127 hit Stettin, 20 hit Trechel, 16 hit Dobberphel and 23 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 12-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 19 B-17s are lost.
- 172 B-17s hit Rostock, 52 hit Politz, 35 hit the industrial area at Arnimswalde and 15 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 34-20-19 Luftwaffe aircraft; 33 B-17s are lost.
- 121 B-24s hit aviation industry targets at Oschersleben and 99 bomb Bernburg; 9 bomb aviation industry targets at Halberstadt, 9 bomb Eisleben and 5 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 27-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 12 B-24s are lost.
Escort is provided by 124 P-38s, 454 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47 Thunderbolts and 241 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51 Mustangs; the fighters claim 51-5-25 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 65-0-67 on the grounds: 7 P-47s and 9 P-51s are lost. (Jack McKillop)
One of the B-24s lost was 42-7522, that crashed 2km north of Bernburg. There are three survivors of the crash. (Byron Blake)
U.S.S.R.: Kerda falls to the Soviets. They also take Kerch, in the Crimea, forcing a German retreat to Sevastopol.
ITALY: Increased German aerial mining activities are noted off Anzio.
Twelfth Air Force B-25s hit the Montalto di Castro railroad bridge, while B-26s hit marshalling yards at Ancona and Siena; fighter-bombers concentrate on attacks against railroad targets northeast of Rome and buildings inland from the east coast; tracks are hit hard in the Arezzo-Pontassieve area as are stations at Maccarese and Cesano; an overpass, bridges, railroad cars and dumps throughout central Italy are attacked, as is the town of Gaeta. (Jack McKillop)
BURMA: Air Commando Combat Mission N0. 43 2:30 Flight Time Hailakandi, Assam to Naumgkan, Burma. Bombed ground troops and strafed village. (Chuck Baisden)
17 Tenth Air Force P-51s and B-25s fly ground support missions and bomb a road near Maungkan; Mogaung Valley targets are attacked by 50+ fighter-bombers and 2 B-25s; targets include HQ and stores at Sahmaw, HQ and ammunition dump southwest of Mogaung, troops at Myitkyina, and targets of opportunity to the south, a gun position south of Kamaing, and HQ at Waingmaw. (Jack McKillop)
FRENCH INDOCHINA: 3 Fourteenth Air Force B-25s hit railroad targets of opportunity north of Vinh and seriously damage a bridge south of Thanh Hoa. (Jack McKillop)
JAPAN: Of 3 Eleventh Air Force B-24s attempting to fly a photographic and bombing run over Matsuwa Island, Kurile Islands installations, 2 must turn back; the third bombs the runway area. (Jack McKillop)
NEW GUINEA: 80+ Fifth Air Force A-20s and B-25s, supported by 30 P-47s and P-40s, blast AA positions, stores, dumps and personnel areas at Hollandia; 50+ B-24s bomb barges, AA guns, and other targets along Hansa Bay which is also hit by 12 B-25s. 12 other B-25s bomb targets on Karkar Island. (Jack McKillop)
PACIFIC OCEAN: Two Japanese warships are sunk:
- AUSNPB4Y-1 Liberator of Bombing Squadron One Hundred Eight (VB-108) based on Eniwetok attacks an enemy submarine while on patrol, claiming a sinking. This was undoubtedly HIJMS I-174, which departed on 3 April 1944 from the Inland Sea of Japan for the Marshall Islands. It failed to answer when called on 11 April 1944.
- The submarine USS Redfin (SS-272) sinks Japanese destroyer HIJMS Akigumo in the eastern entrance to Basilan Strait in the Philippines. (Jack McKillop)
SOLOMON ISLANDS: On Bougainville Island, 20+ Thirteenth Air Force fighter-bombers are dispatched against coastal gun positions but fail to locate their objective; 12 of the fighter-bombers bomb Aitara while 2 claim destruction of a bridge near Mawareka. (Jack McKillop)
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO: About 40 Thirteenth Air Force fighter-bombers hit the eastern section of Rabaul on New Britain Island while 12 others strike Talili Bay ammunition dump; 24 B-25s blast supply areas at Ratawul. (Jack McKillop)
CENTRAL PACIFIC: Seventh Air Force B-25s from the Gilbert Islands hit Ponape Island in the Caroline Islands, rearm at Majuro Atoll, and carry out a shuttle mission against Jaluit and Maloelap Atolls in the Marshall Islands. (Jack McKillop)
FDR is heading “South,” meaning Hot Springs, I assume. Lucy Mercer isn’t on the official list of the party, but I have a feeling she just might be going too.
Not quite that far south. He is only going as far as Warm Springs.
He could go to White Sulphur Springs, where everything smells of rotten eggs.
It’s 11:59pm, I am standing on the corner of Broadway and 4th and, by golly, I need a hat, NOW! What to do?