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13th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. More than 1,200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers escorted by 6 fighters groups attack railroad bridge, 3 coastal batteries, and several highways along with targets along the Seine from Le Havre to Paris during a battle area support mission. 13 heavy bombers are lost. Over 800 fighter-bombers attack marshalling yards, bridges, tunnels, moving traffic and other transportation facilities in wide area Northeast of the Seine. 13 fighter-bombers are lost.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 575 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb fuel storage at Les Buissons, points along highways around Lisieux and Southeast to Rugles with aim of containing enemy in Falaise pocket, railroad targets at Peronne, Doullens, and Corbeil-Essonnes. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command, cover ground forces, and fly armed reconnaissance in Alencon, Le Mans, Domfront, and Chartres areas. About 125 transports fly ferry and evacuation missions. During 13-14 August 1944, 28 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Foret de Halouze ammunition dump and bivouac area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers blast coastal defence guns in Marseille area while light bombers during 12-13 August 1944, attack targets along Monaco Toulon road, and fighter-bombers hit guns and barracks in the area. Fighters strafe airfields at Les Chanoines, Montreal, Avignon, La Jasse, Istres-Le-Tube, Valence, and Bergamo. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack explosive stores in battle area in Arno River Valley.

Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack gun positions around Genoa, Toulon, and Sete, and strike at bridges at Pont-Saint-Esprit, Avignon, Orange, and Crest. 31 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Montelimar airfield. Other fighters fly 180 sorties in support of heavy bomber missions. 28 heavy bombers hit military installations at Pec.

Tenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers hit troops and supplies at Mankwi, Myothit, and Tali. 7 others knock out bridge at Kyauktalon and damage another near Namkwin. 26 fighter-bombers attack village of Pinwe and hit targets near Mawlu and Pinbaw. 9 B-26 Marauder medium bombers strike bomb storage area at Pinwe considerably damaging the village.

Fourteenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tungling, Sinsiang, and Hengyang, Pailochi airfield, shipping at Takao harbour and nearby coastal areas. 3 cargo vessels are claimed sunk. 51 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack trucks, bridges, railroad yards, troops, and other targets in Hengyang area. 18 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters pound Tengchung. 50 other P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters attack troops, bridges, railroad tracks, shipping, trucks, and other targets at several locations including Lienhwa, Siangsiang, Sinshih, Puchou, Tungyangtun, Hengshan, Weichow Island, Luichow Peninsula, Tingka, Mangshih, Nanchang, Puchi, and along Yunglo River.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Bad weather in Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) curtails operations. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb bivouacs and supply dumps at Manokwari. Bombers hit Cape Wom storage area while P-39 fighters co-operate with torpedo boats to hit Dagua personnel areas and Suain coastal positions. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-39 fighters hit Cape Wom, troops at Ulban, Matapau, and Suain, and support ground forces at Sarmi. Troop Carrier aircraft complete nearly 90 missions to Owi Island and other forward bases.

Eleventh Air Force. Of 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers departing Shemya during 12-13 August 1944, 1 aborts while the other 2 bomb Kashiwabara staging area. Later 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a shipping sweep East of the North Kurils during which fighters is downed.

M383 Minesweeper
Sunk 13 August 1944

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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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