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12th July 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 131 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with escort by 144 The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires, are dispatched against 10 V-weapon sites in Rouen area but abort because of thick blanket of low cloud over target area. 1,117 heavy bombers bomb marshalling yards, aero engine plant, and airfield at Munich. 754 fighters support the heavy bombers. 24 heavy bombers are lost, 13 to antiaircraft fire and the rest to accidents and unknown causes.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 300 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers fly morning and afternoon missions against fuel dumps at Foret d'Andaine and Foret d'Ecouves, military concentrations at Foret de Cinglais, rail bridges at Merey, Cinq Mars-la-Pile, Saumur, Nantes, and Nogent-le-Roi, and other rail and road targets. Fighters furnish escort, cover battle area, and fly armed reconnaissance over wide areas, attacking rail lines South and West of Rambouillet, bridges and fuel dump in Nantes vicinity, trains and military transport at Vitry-le-Francois, and grounded aeroplanes South of Chateaubriant, bridges at Craon, Le Mans, Pontorson, Mayenne, South of Rennes, North of Angers, and Tours, rail traffic South of Fougeres, and infantry and artillery positions near Periers.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb scattered motor transport in Florence Leghorn area during 11-12 July 1944. Medium bombers begin air offensive (MALLORY MAJOR) against road and rail bridges over the Pa River during the day. A-20 Havoc light bombers continue attacking ammunition supplies. Fighter-bombers hit barges and small boats on Arno River and attack roads, ammunition dumps, gun positions, tracks, vehicles, and a number of other targets in that general area North of battle line.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 420 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack targets in Southeast France, scoring numerous hits on Nimes and Miramas marshalling yards and cutting rail lines at Theoule-sur-Mer bridge and Var River bridge in Provence. Around 50 enemy fighters oppose the missions. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim 14 shot down. 7 United States aircraft are lost.

Tenth Air Force. 44 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters support ground forces in Myitkyina area. 28 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit bridge and other targets in Hopin, bomb Maingna pagoda, and hit Alanbo and Tagwin areas. 13 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges at Mongyin and hit targets in Myitkyina area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit towns of Liling and Yuhsien, river shipping at Hengyang, troop concentrations at Leiyang and near Yuhsien, airfield at Siangtan, and fuel dumps North West of Changsha. 34 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers bomb Tsingyun and pound Japanese concentrations at Lienchiangkou. 11 P-40 fighters bomb railroad yards at Yuncheng and hit radio station North of Tungkuan with rocket fire. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tengchung and 15 P-40 fighters bomb and strafe storage areas, villages, troop areas, and general targets in Lungling and Mangshih areas.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Manokwari airfield weather curtails further operations in Geelvink Bay area. A-20 Havoc light bombers, medium bombers, and fighter-bombers again hit troop concentrations and barges in Wewak area. Smaller strikes by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are flown against airfield at Laha, Dili, and on Koer Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pounds Yap.

Seventh Air Force. During 11-12 July 1944, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers stage through Eniwetok to bomb Truk. During the day B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Truk again. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters on Saipan continue to hit Tinian.

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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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