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11th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Weather prevents operations against priority targets in Germany 90 the heavy bombers attack bridges on the Loire, bridges and airfields on Brest Peninsula and near Paris, and coastal defences in Pas de Calais area. Of 1,043 heavy bombers airborne, over 400 abort or fail to bomb due to clouds and absence or malfunction of Pathfinders. 640 heavy bombers bomb targets, including 10 airfields and landing grounds, several bridges, and various targets. 3 heavy bombers are lost. VIII Fighter Command supports heavy bombers over North West France and Ninth Air Force medium bombers attack Paris area. Fighter-bombers attack over 60 targets, including railroad yards, sidings, junctions, bridges, trains, airfields, convoys, an oil tanker, a power station, and warehouses. Fighters destroy 5 aircraft. VIII Fighter Command loses 8 fighters.

Ninth Air Force. 129 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb rail and road bridges and intersections, rail lines, oil tanks, artillery, and town areas, in morning operations. Bad weather prevents afternoon operations. 10 fighters groups fly escort and strafe and bomb bridges, railroads, gun emplacements, rail and road traffic, and marshalling yards in support of Allied ground troops in France.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather cancels all light bombers and medium bombers operations. Fighter-bombers and fighters, operating on a reduced scale, hit vehicles, roads, and bridges North of battle line which United States Fifth Army's VI Corps has extended 65 miles North of Rome.

Fifteenth Air Force. 126 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 60 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers depart Russian shuttle bases for Italy to complete the first FRANTIC operation. On the way 121 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Focsani. 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers is lost. 540 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack oil installations at Constanta and Giurgiu (both raids having fighters escorts) oil refinery and marshalling yard at Smederovo. The heavy bombers and fighters claim total of 50 aeroplanes destroyed during the day's missions.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue flying ammunition to Imphal area. 55 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters attack targets at Myitkyina, Mogaung, Indawgyi Lake, and Padaung.

Fourteenth Air Force. In China's Tungting Lake area 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters pound towns of Lanchi and Anking, hit cavalry compound at Kintsing, attack Japanese Headquarters, positions, and river traffic North of Changsha, destroy or damage several boats, barges, and sampans at Changsha, and strafe numerous targets throughout the entire region. In Yellow River area, 27 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters pound barracks, fortifications, tank concentration, several armoured vehicles, and cavalry forces at Iching and Lingpao. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sea sweep in South China Sea claim 1 600 ft freighter sunk.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sorido airfield and surrounding areas as United States carrier forces attack Saipan, Tinian and Guam. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to saturate Wewak Hansa Bay coastline with bombs. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Dublon and Peleliu airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. 130 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters P-39 fighters, and Navy dive bombers pound antiaircraft positions South and South West of Rapopo. P-39 fighters fly 44 sorties against occupied areas at Komai, Kakaura, and Quaga, antiaircraft guns at Kangu Hill, and plantations at Arigua and Tsirogei.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok hit Truk during 11-12 June 1944. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers follow with raid against Ponape during the morning.

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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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