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13th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Bad weather cancels large-scale bombing of high priority targets in Germany. Overcast bombing against tactical targets in North West France is undertaken. On first mission of the day cloud cover is less than anticipated and visual runs are made by 128 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers against airfields at Dreux, Saint-Andre-de-L'Eure, and Evreux. On second mission 208 heavy bombers, including 15 Pathfinders, attack airfields at Beauvais, Nivillers and Beaumont-sur-Oise, and bridges and scattered targets between Brittany and the assault area. Bridges bombed are at Porcaro, Montfort-sur-Meu, Ploermel, La Vicomte-sur-Rance, Saint-Vincent-sur-Oust, and Vannes. Antiaircraft fire downs 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. VIII Fighter Command furnishes support for the heavy bomber missions and conducts fighter-bomber and strafing attacks against bridges, trains, trucks, and other vehicles. The fighters, flying a total of 782 sorties, claim 6 aeroplanes, bomb 5 bridges, and destroy 3 locomotives, 23 trucks, and 4 other vehicles. Losses of VIII Fighter Command total 4.

Ninth Air Force. 397 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb rail and road junctions, marshalling yards, and fuel dumps in assault areas in France. Aircraft of 9 fighters groups escort bombers and attack bridges, marshalling yards, troop areas, rail and road traffic, gun emplacements, ammunition dumps, and other targets.

In the United Kingdom the first V-1 flying bomb lands in South England. More land during 13-14 June 1944, and throughout the rest of the month.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers bomb shipping at Leghorn with excellent results and score numerous hits on bridges, viaducts, rail lines, and roads in North Central Italy. Fighter-bombers continue to disrupt retreat over entire area North of battle zone as British Eighth Army's 13 Corps pushes toward Orvieto and 10 Corps reaches Terni.

Fifteenth Air Force. 560 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, most with fighters escorts, attack airfields at Oberpfaffenhofen, aircraft component plants at Munich Allach, marshalling yards at Innsbruck, Munich, and Porto Marghera, and several targets in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Heavy bombers and fighters claim over 30 aircraft shot down. 10 United States aeroplanes are lost and several others are missing.

Tenth Air Force. A few United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit Mogaung while 39 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly ammunition to Imphal area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 56 fighter-bombers pound marshalling yard at Wuchang. About 70 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack a variety of other targets in the Tungting Lake region, including many river vessels, airfield at Pailochi, troop positions Northeast of Changsha, warehouse and factory area at Shasi, and numerous general targets. 12 fighter-bombers hit Japanese Headquarters and barracks at Loyang. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over South China Sea claim 1 cargo vessel sunk. 4 P-40 fighters pound Japanese positions at Watien and Kaitou.

Fifth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and a few B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters attack miscellaneous targets in Wewak area. P-39 fighters hit area around Hollandia and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb bridge over Orai River and fuel dumps near Sarmi. A-20 Havoc light bombers blast enemy positions North of Borokoe. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airstrip at Liang. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Admiralty Islands bomb Woleai, Dublon, and Satawan.

Thirteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and 23 P-39 fighters hit Ralum and antiaircraft positions to the South. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Tobera antiaircraft guns and airfield. 15 others, in 2 waves, bomb Praed Point. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers also bomb Tobera. 31 P-39 fighters and 12 Navy aircraft attack supply dumps at Buka and Tapsadawato, bomb approach to Abia River bridge, and hit garden area at Tabago.

Seventh Air Force. Attack during 12-13 June 1944, by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Eniwetok against Truk and Ponape is followed by daylight attack by Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers against Nauru and Ponape.

Eleventh Air Force. During 12-13 June 1944, 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched to fly an offensive sweep and provide air cover for a naval Task Force abort missions due to weather.

M267 Minesweeper
Launched 13 June 1944

R50 R-boat
Sunk 13 June 1944

R97 R-boat
Sunk 13 June 1944

R248 R-boat
Launched 13 June 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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