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14th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 1,100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 9 airfields, 2 aero engine factories, 1 oil plant, 2 bridges, 2 rail junctions and other secondary and targets in South West Germany, East France, and Bordeaux region. Fighters fly 388 sorties in support and destroy 10 aircraft, 19 locomotives, and numerous other ground targets. 6 fighter-bomber groups attack targets within 130 miles radius of Paris, 136 fighter-bombers bombing various transportation targets.

Ninth Air Force. IX Bomber Command medium bombers and light bombers hit several highway and rail bridges, junctions and sidings mostly beyond battle lines in France to delay and complicate German retreat. Fighters escort bombers, fly armed reconnaissance over Falaise, Broglie, and Chartres areas, and support ground forces, especially 7 armed and infantry divisions, over wide areas of North and West France. A XIX Tactical Air Command squadron uniquely effects surrender of a number of Wehrmacht ground troops, Germans on roads being strafed by squadron Northeast of Carrouges wave white flags, whereupon planes buzz the road and shepherd enemy troops into a column which then proceeds to United States lines to surrender.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit coastal defence guns while fighter-bombers pound various gun positions, tracks, enemy Headquarters, and targets in the Toulon Nice area. Fighters strafe radar installations and targets along the French South coast as DRAGOON forces approach. During 13-14 August 1944 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit targets in West Po Valley and fuel dump North of Italy battle area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 540 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb gun positions in Toulon and Genoa areas as DRAGOON convoy heads for French Mediterranean coast. 145 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers strafe radar installations at several coastal points.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mohnyin and Indaw. 18 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound targets in Myothit area. 46 other fighter-bombers hit various North Burma targets including Naba junction, active area near Pinbaw, building and targets at Thaikwagon, command post at Hopin, motor pool at Nansiaung Forest, ammunition and other supplies in Mohnyin area, and bridges South of Bhamo one of which is slightly damaged.

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast Lungling while 16 P-40 fighters hit fortified pass and targets to the South. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad yards at Siangtan. 31 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit railroad yards, river shipping, and general targets at Hengyang. 13 P-40 fighters attack Tengchung. 13 others hit trucks, troops, and river craft at Pailochi and Siying and 4 bomb bridge at Hsenwi.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Ternate Island, antiaircraft positions, oil dumps, barracks, supply areas, and other targets throughout the Halmaheras. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound airfield at Babo while A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighter-bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, blasting bivouac, and troops at Terabu, Kaiten, and Wewak Point.

Seventh Air Force. The Seventh is reorganised as a mobile tactical airforce, retaining only units that will function in the combat area. VII Bomber Command includes 11th, 30th, 41st, and 494th Bomber Groups, VII Fighter Command includes 15th and 318th Fighter Groups and 8th Night Fighter Squadron and the recently activated VII Air Service Area Command is composed of 4 service groups. Saipan based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Iwo Jima and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Pagan. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit Rota. From the Marshalls, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ponape and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Wotje.

M444 Minesweeper
Sunk 14 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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