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11th May 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 164 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards at Mulhouse, Belfort, and Epinal; 24 bomb secondary targets of marshalling yards at Chaumont. 66 attack Orleans, Bricy and other targets of last resort. 5 bombers are lost in these early afternoon raids. In late afternoon 2 forces, totalling 549 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, bomb marshalling yards at Saarbrucken, Ehrang, Volkingen, Konz Karthaus, Thionville, Liege, Brussels, Midi, Brussels, Schaerbeek, Bettembourg, and elsewhere in Luxembourg. 8 bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. More than 330 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack airfields at Beaumont-le-Roger and Cormeilles-en-Vexin and marshalling yards at Aerschot and Mezieres, Charleville. Bad visibility and failure to rendezvous with fighters cause over 100 aborts. This is start of Ninth's participation in Army Air Force pre-invasion offensive against airfields.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers, hampered by weather, attack Portoferraio, bridges near Orvieto and Ficulle, tracks at Piombino, viaduct at Poggibonsi, and bridges at Certaldo and Signa. Fighter-bombers hit Fondi, rail lines Northeast of Rome, airfields at Littoria, rail facilities in Perugia area, barge, harbour area, and factory in Portoferraio area, and tracks near Castiglione d'Orcia. Other fighter-bombers attack numerous positions along main front as United States Fifth and British Eighth Armies begin assault through the Gustav Line and the drive toward Rome.

Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit Japanese positions at Labawa and Southeast of Maungdaw. 36 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit positions at Kohima and Potsangbam. In Mogaung Valley 70 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters, attack Myitkyina and Pinbaw areas, Sahmaw, targets North West of Kamaing, gun positions at Nsopzup, and targets along road from Inkangahtawng to Kamaing. 24 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack airfields at Meiktila, Anisakan, and Heho, shooting down 13 aeroplanes in the area. 14 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Maymyo railroad station. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack railroad in Shwebo Sagaing area. 12 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridges at Pyu, Thawatti, Ela, and 7 miles South of Ela.

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters knock out main bridge North of Mangshih, bomb town area of Lungchwanchiang, damage radio station on Cat Ba Island and destroy several large junks off shore, and attack power dam West of Cao Bang, buildings at Dong Dang, and boxcars and oil drums at Lang Giai. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 24 P-40 fighters some firing rockets pound railroad yards and depot at Sinyang, blast warehouse area 30 miles to the North, and sink a small freighter, 3 motor launches, and several sampans between Siaokan and Chienli. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-40 fighters hit troops, tanks, and trucks in Yenshih Tengfeng Mihsien area and in Luchou Hsiangcheng vicinity. 6 P-40 fighters pound supply dumps at Mienchih and 13 P-40 fighters sink at least 5 supply boats on the YanFtze in the Hosueh area.

Fifth Air Force. 130 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb gun emplacements and supply areas on Wakde and Mokmer airfield and targets on Biak. 220 fighter-bombers, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to pound coastal bridges and villages, fuel dumps, vehicles, gun positions, supply areas, bivouacs, and various targets along the shoreline from Hansa Bay to Wewak.

Thirteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters bomb supply personnel area West of Tobera. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 12 P-40 fighters and 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Vunakanau airfield. Fighters on sweeps and bombing missions over the Bismarcks hit various targets at Kabanga Plantation, Gazelle Peninsula area, North of Sae River, and at Labout. 70 P-39 fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters (flying total of 18 missions) attack variety of targets, including piers at Chabai, Ratsua, and Porton, wooded area near Pipipaia, town of Siruluna, bridge at Tokinotu, and airfield at Buka.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, bomb Truk during 10-11 May 1944. During day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi hit Ponape while others, based at Makin, pound Jaluit.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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