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
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
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
May 1944. During day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi
hit Ponape while others, based at Makin, pound Jaluit.
Launched 11 May 1944
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