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12th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. With bad weather over top priority targets in Germany, heavy bomber efforts are directed against airfields and landing grounds in Northeast France and rail and road bridges on the Brest Peninsula. 1,278 heavy bombers, including 25 Pathfinders, drop 3,295 tons of bombs on 22 of the primary targets and on secondary and targets. 8 heavy bombers are lost, mostly to ground fire. VIII Fighter Command furnishes support for heavy bomber missions and Ninth Air Force medium bombers, and attacks enemy communications and troop movements. Fighters damage marshalling yards at Juvisy-sur-Orge and Melun and several freight trains, and destroy 108 locomotives, train cars, trucks, tanks, and other vehicles. One group of P-47 Thunderbolt fighters is attacked by 50 Luftwaffe fighters in a fierce battle, 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and 5 Me-109's being shot down. During the day VIII Fighter Command flies 1,002 sorties and claims 26 aircraft destroyed. Losses total 17.

Ninth Air Force. 509 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb marshalling yards, road and rail junctions, bridges, artillery, town areas, troop concentrations, and various targets in France. Aircraft of more than 15 fighters groups fly close and area support for bombers and bomb and strafe rail lines, gun batteries, bridges, fortifications, radar installation, tanks, ammunition dumps, town areas and strong points in battle area of France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit bridges, viaducts, and rail lines at Collazone, Perugia, Foligno, Massa Lombarda, Pietrasanta, Cattolica, Pesaro, Arezzo, and Bucine. Light bombers hit Arcidosso and motor transport in the area. Fighter-bombers are restricted by bad weather but attack several bridges and roads in line of enemy retreat which at its farthest point is North and West of Viterbo.

Tenth Air Force. More than 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue to supply troops at Imphal with ammunition. 16 P-40 fighters hit Mogaung and targets in North Burma.

Fourteenth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troop concentrations in Yellow River area at Lingpao and South of Loyang. In Tungting Lake area about 100 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack numerous supply boats and other river and lake traffic, and hit dock areas and warehouses at Lanchi, Yuankiang, and at scattered points. Also hit are villages and troops in Changsha and Kuanchuang areas.

Fifth Air Force. Fierce ground fighting continues on Biak Island while Japanese aeroplanes attack Allied ground forces and shipping offshore. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters battle attacking aircraft, shooting down several. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troop concentrations, command, and various other targets in Wewak and Hansa Bay areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Peleliu airfield and Dublon Island.

Thirteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb runways at Tobera and Rapopo. 22 P-39 fighters and 10 P-38 Lightning fighters join 20 Navy aeroplanes in attacks on supply dumps near Ralum. 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Malapau village. 44 P-39 fighters hit Baku airfield, Tsirogei plantation, barges and pier South of Kleine Island, and occupied area West of Komai.

Seventh Air Force. Eniwetok based United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Truk during 11-12 June 1944, and again during the day.

R95 R-boat
Sunk 12 June 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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