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13th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 888 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, flying in 3 forces, bomb Saarbrucken marshalling yards and aircraft engine plant at Munich. 548 fighters execute escort assignments. In addition 1 flight of P-47 Thunderbolt fighters strafes a marshalling yard North of Karlsruhe, destroying 4 locomotives. 10 heavy bombers are lost, along with 5 fighters. 12 Luftwaffe aircraft are claimed destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather prevents bomber operations and restricts fighters. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance in Sens-Montargis area, hitting rail and highway traffic, warehouses, barracks, and armoured cars and tanks. Rail lines and bridges are hit in Saint-Florentin Dreux Evreux Chartres Mamers Gassicourt areas. IX Tactical Air Command fighters furnish area cover, bomb troop concentrations, vehicles, and gun positions in Lessay Coutances area, and attack rail traffic West of Angers, landing field West of Alencon, marshalling yard at Vendome, and bridge at Tours.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers again bomb bridges in the Po Valley. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit ammunition plant. Fighter-bombers attack targets, mainly railroads, in areas North of Arno River in advance of the battlefront.

Fifteenth Air Force. 581 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack targets in Northeast Italy, hitting marshalling yards at Verona, Mestre, Brescia, and Mantua, Pinzano al Tagliamento railroad bridge, and oil storage at Porto Marghera and Trieste. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers fly escort. Other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers carry out sweep over Po Valley.

Tenth Air Force. 44 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground forces in Myitkyina area. 40 more A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit bridges at Nyaunggon, Mohnyin, Myothit, Mawlu, and Henu, and attack Hopin, Lashio, and Indawgyi Lake areas.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Pailochi airfield, causing large fires and considerable damage. 45 P-40 fighters attack trucks, compounds, river shipping, and troop concentrations between Hengyang and Siangtan, pound town of Liling and Siangtan airfield, and strafe shipping from Changsha South along Siang Chiang River. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Chenghsien railroad yards and storage area. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tengchung and Mangshih.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again bomb Yap and Sorol. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb gun positions and airfield at Babo and in Manokwari area and hit supply depot at Kokas. Fighter-bombers support Allied ground forces in Aitape area while A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers pound occupied areas and gun positions in Wewak area and on Mushu Island. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also hit Amahai airfield.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to hit Tinian. Kwajalein based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin pound Nauru.

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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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