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10th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 45 P-51 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Mustang fighter-bombers in Italy during FRANTIC mission are dispatched with Fifteenth Air Force aircraft to escort on a troop carrier evacuation mission. Over 150 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from United Kingdom bomb 2 bridges and 3 fuel dumps Southeast of Paris, plus target near Brienon-sur-Armancon. 5 fighters groups and a squadron afford escort, claiming 8 aeroplanes destroyed in combat. Rail and transportation facilities are strafed in Paris, Troyes, Dreux, Chartres and Evreux areas. 11 groups of fighter-bombers, in 2 operations, bomb large number of rail and highway transportation targets, including 15 marshalling yards South and East of Paris, and along French Belgian border.

Ninth Air Force. Nearly 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb rail bridges and embankments in wide areas around Paris. Fighters escort bombers, support ground forces, give defensive cover, and fly armed reconnaissance in battle areas and around Amiens, Paris, Cambrai, Meaux, Dijon, and Troyes.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers missions are cancelled by bad weather. Fighter-bombers, operating on reduced scale, hit gun positions along South coast of France in preparation for Allied invasion of South France (Operation DRAGOON).

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 450 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, with fighters escort, hit 6 oil refineries in Ploesti area.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Shwekyina. A few P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces by hitting railroad station at Mingon.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe Taiyuan airfield claiming more than 20 aircraft destroyed. 16 P-40 fighters destroy 4 trucks and damage about 50 others at Siangtan and in Changsha area. 2 P-40 fighters strafe numerous junks along South China coast.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Yap, concentrating on antiaircraft positions, airfields and town of Yap. Others hit airfields at Galela, Lolobata and Namlea. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langgoer airfield. Fighter-bombers attack Sorong, Manokwari, and villages along West coast of Geelvink Bay. Fighter-bombers continue to pound forces between Aitape and Wewak. Large-scale Troop Carrier missions are flown to forward bases, especially in Schouten Islands.

Twentieth Air Force. 2 missions are flown during 10-11 August 1944. In one, 24 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, out of Chengtu, bomb urban area of Nagasaki and 3 others hit targets. The B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's claim 1 fighters shot down, the first such claim (except probables) by the B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's. In other missions, the first staged through China Bay, 31 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb oil refineries at Palembang, 8 mine the Moesi River nearby, and 3 hit targets and a secondary target. The first attack, from Ceylon to Sumatra, is the longest single stage combat flight about 3,900 miles by B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's during the war.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying their first mission from Saipan, pound Iwo Jima, beginning the Army Air Force's neutralisation campaign of that island. Saipan based P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Tinian and Pagan Islands. All organised resistance on Guam ends. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein hit Wotje.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on a shipping sweep spot 2 patrol boats 75 miles East Southeast of Shimushu Island. One is sunk, the other is damaged.

M384 Minesweeper
Scuttled 10 August 1944

R89 R-boat
Sunk 10 August 1944

R34 R-boat
Sunk 10 August 1944

R146 R-boat
Launched 10 August 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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