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10th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Bad weather restricts operations to North West France. 873 heavy bombers are airborne but over 200 abort due to cloud conditions. 589 including 31 Pathfinders, attack 8 airfields in France and 9 coastal installations in Pas de Calais area. One B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is downed by antiaircraft at Evreux. VIII Fighter Command, flying over 1,600 sorties, supports heavy bomber missions and launches attacks against about 80 targets, including railroad facilities, convoys, tank column, trucks, radar station, tunnels, gun emplacement, supply dump, and a power plant. About 225 vehicles, including train engines and cars, are destroyed, along with 16 Luftwaffe aircraft. 25 fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force.

IX Tactical Air Command establishes its first station on the Continent, at au Guay. 500 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb targets in assault area in France. Targets include military concentrations, road and rail bridges and junctions, artillery batteries, marshalling yards, and town areas. Aircraft of more than 15 fighters groups fly escort to bombers and transports, and bomb numerous targets in support of ground assault, including rail facilities, roads, troop concentrations, artillery, and town areas.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack bridges, railroads, and roads North, Northeast, and North West of Rome. Light bombers hit motor transport in town of Arcidosso. Fighter-bombers and fighters bomb and strafe motor transport and roads North of battle area, destroying numerous vehicles, especially along the roads between Rome and Vetralla. In ground action Indian 4th Division takes Pescara and Chieti, while 2d New Zealand Division reaches Avezzano East of Rome. XII Bomber Command is disbanded in Corsica.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack oil stores at Porto Marghera, oil refinery at Trieste, marshalling yards at Mestre, Trieste, and Ancona, and airfield at Ferrara. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly escort, strafe targets between Bucharest and Danube River and South of Craiova, and dive-bomb an oil refinery at Ploesti.

Tenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb targets at Chauk, Lonywa, and Yenangyaung while 29 others supply ammunition to Imphal area. 50 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters blast targets at Myitkyina, Mogaung and Tapo.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit railroad traffic and tracks at Linfen and Loning and tank concentration at Lingpao. 6 P-40 fighters hit bridge at Tasa. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters carry out 150 sorties against numerous targets throughout Tungting Lake area. Numerous river craft are destroyed or damaged, Kukang and other villages Northeast of Changsha are bombed, Hankow Wuchang airfield revetments and buildings are pounded, Changshowkai area is blasted, and several river landings and storage installations in the lake area are attacked. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on South China Sea sweep claim 1 small cargo ship sunk.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit airfields at Babo, destroying grounded aircraft, fuel dump, several buildings, and a gun position. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes hit Wewak area with more than 100 tons of bombs.

Thirteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters skip bomb supply tunnels at Keravia Bay while 4 others strafe nearby antiaircraft positions. Antiaircraft guns South of Rapopo are attacked by 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 20 P-39 fighters, and 20 Navy dive bombers. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ratawul. 31 P-39 fighters and 20 Navy aircraft hit Chinatown at Buka and a supply area Northeast of the airstrip, a barge at Sohano Island, trucks near Tsirogei, and a ford near Monoitu.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk and Ponape during 9-10 June 1944. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit Nauru during the day.

R310 R-boat
Launched 10 June 1944

R110 R-boat
Sunk 10 June 1944

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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