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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