Eighth Air Force. 800 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers operating in 3 forces, bomb oil plants, other industrial
targets, marshalling yards, airfields, and some unidentified
targets at Merseburg, Lutzkendorf, Zeitz, Bohlen, Zwickau,
Gera, Chemnitz, and Brux. An estimated 430 Luftwaffe fighters
offer intense opposition. 46 heavy bombers are lost.
Ninth Air Force. IX Troop Carrier Command carries out EAGLE,
a full scale exercise of the tactics and techniques of paratrooper
drops, glider tow, paratroops in resupply, air landing of
supplies, and medical evacuation as a dress rehearsal for
the airborne invasion of Normandy. More than 450 medium bombers
attack coastal defences, airfields, bridges, railroads and
railroad guns, and V-weapon
sites in France and Belgium. Thick haze impedes visibility
and causes many aborts.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers blast command posts along main battlefront
as Allied ground forces seek to break through Gustav Line.
Medium bombers hit concentration near Fondi, attack forces
at Vallecorsa and Pastena, and bomb numerous positions along
main front. Fighter-bombers pound command posts, guns, bridges,
road and rail traffic, and troops along assault front and
in rear areas, concentrating especially on the Monte Cassino
Benedictine Abbey and surrounding area.
Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 730 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers largest heavy bomber force used by
Fifteenth Air Force on any day to this time attack German
Headquarters at Massa d'Albe and Monte Soratte, town of Civitavecchia
airfields at Tarquinia and in surrounding area marshalling
yards at Chivasso, Piombino, Marina di Carrara, Viareggio,
and Ferrara Orbetello Island, Piombino harbour, docks and
command at San Stefano al Mare, harbour, marshalling yard,
and railroad bridge at Chiavari, La Spezia marshalling yard
and harbour, and several targets. 26 P-38 Lightning fighters
strafe Piacenza airfield. Other fighters fly over 250 sorties
in support of bombing missions.
Tenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-31
Vengeance dive bomber's hit positions at Labawa and South
Southeast of Maungdaw. 36 A-31 Vengeance dive bomber's hit
villages around Bishenpur while 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
strike at Tiddim road North North West of Tonzang. 50 B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers knock out railroad
bridge at Pinbaw, pound gun positions and supply area at Myitkyina
and hit defensive positions near Kazu Tiangsup. 4 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers damage Myothit bridge while 8 P-38 Lightning
fighters bomb Kyaukye. 21 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit
airfields at Meiktila and Heho, claiming 8 interceptors downed.
4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers knock out bridge at Daga while
2 others bomb camp at Taungbaw.
Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters and 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit several
targets in South China and in Indochina. Military installations,
artillery positions, and tank concentrations are pounded in
Yoyang area, a bridge and several trucks are damaged at Sienning,
a naval vessel is attacked at Hong Kong, a radio station on
Cat Ba Island is bombed, and railroad yards, supply dump,
and river junks are blasted in Phu Lang Thuong area.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mokmer airfield and attack targets
on Ceram, Amboina and Timor. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers blast villages,
coastal bridges and roads, vehicles, airstrip at Boram, and
other targets throughout Wewak Hansa Bay region.
Thirteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 P-40 fighters and P-38
Lightning fighters pound Tobera airstrip and nearby personnel
areas some of the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers returning from
Tobera bomb Sohano Island. 12 P-39 fighters and about 70 Navy
SBD Dauntless dive bomber and torpedo bombers sink numerous
barges throughout Rabaul area, especially at Simpson Harbour
and Keravia Bay. Gun positions in Matupi area are also attacked.
Seventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Nauru. A single
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Kwajalein bombs Jaluit.
Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers reconnoitre and bombs Matsuwa
Island installations, concentrating on the airfield on Tagan
Sunk 12 May 1944
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