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
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
June 1944, and again during the day.
Sunk 12 June 1944
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