Eighth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by a P-51 Mustang
fighter-bombers group, continuing United Kingdom-Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics-Italy-United Kingdom shuttle bombing
mission, take off from USSR bases, bomb steel and armament
works at Diosgyor and proceed to Fifteenth Air Force bases
in Italy. 750 heavy bombers from United Kingdom bomb 3 synthetic
oil plants, 2 aero engine factories, 3 marshalling yards,
airfield, motor works, ordnance depot, fuel depot, and several
cities and isolated targets in Central and South West Germany.
11 fighters groups escorting later strafe airfields and miscellaneous
ground targets. 28 heavy bombers and 9 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
are lost. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers claim 33 aircraft destroyed
in the air and 2 on the ground. A P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
group sweeping South of Munich strafes aircraft dispersal
area, airfield and a marshalling yard.
Ninth Air Force. XIX Tactical Air Command Headquarters accompanies
United States Third Army Headquarters to Chalons-sur-Marne.
B-26 Marauder medium bombers fly leaflet mission to coastal
North France and Belgium. Fighters support ground forces in
Brest and Nancy-Metz areas (air-ground coordination being
especially effective between XIX Tactical Air Command and
French 2d Armoured Division in defeating enemy move on Vittel),
and fly armed reconnaissance over Cologne, Aachen, Koblenz,
Linz, Rhine, and Wahn areas. XIX Tactical Air Command inaugurates
rail cutting campaign. Transports fly numerous supply and
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers destroy bridge at Peschiera del Garda,
cutting the Milan Verona line. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb guns and defensive positions
North of Florence. Fighter-bombers attack railroads, rolling
stock, and bridges in North Italy, although heavy overcast
hampers operations in North West.
Fifteenth Air Force. 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighters-escorted B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Auschwitz oil and rubber works
and Odertal and Blechhammer oil refineries, hit Cracow Auschwitz
area and bomb marshalling yard at Vrutky. Over 100 other heavy
bombers attack Avisio viaduct, Mezzocorona and Ora railroad
Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters hit targets at Mawhun and some of the
fighter-bombers afterwards strafe targets on the Irrawaddy
River from Katha to Shwegu. 8 others sweep the river between
Bhamo and Katha. 12 more hit targets along road in Kutkai
area. Large-scale transport operations in China-Burma-India
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claim 3 cargo vessels sunk off
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit 4 airfields and bomb villages on Morotai Island. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers hit Langgoer airfield while A-20 Havoc
light bombers and fighter-bombers hit 2 airfields in Efman
Island. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers,
and fighter-bombers hit Babo antiaircraft positions and airfields
at Manokwari and Ransiki.
Thirteenth Air Force. Thirteenth Air Force moves from Los
Negros to Hollandia.
Seventh Air Force. Saipan based United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit buildings on Pagan with
rockets and machine gun fire. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
on armed reconnaissance, snooper, and training missions bomb
Iwo Jima, Marcus, and Pagan.
launched against England, hit Colne Point.
Launched 13 September 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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