Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). General
Eisenhower establishes Headquarters Supreme Headquarters Allied
Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied
Commander (COSSAC) comes under control of Supreme Headquarters
Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).
Eighth Air Force. 46 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-47 Thunderbolt fighters fighter-bombers attack Gilze-Rijen
airfield. Primary target, Eindhoven airfield, is overcast.
Twelfth Air Force. Twelfth Air Force loses several of its
operational units, the 12th Bomber and 33d and 81st Fighter
Groups being transferred to India, and the 52d Troop Carrier
Wing and its 4 groups being sent to United Kingdom. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers bomb Perugia marshalling yard, A-20 Havoc light
bombers hit Grottaferrata. A-36 Apache dive bomber attack
guns in Pontecorvo area, railway yards at Civita Castellana
and Frosinone, motor transport near Genzano di Roma, airfield
at Furbara, and Ferentino railway station, some of the missions
being in direct support of United States Fifth Army main front.
P-40 fighters bomb and strafe troop concentrations North and
East of Anzio beachhead, scoring hits on tanks, motor transport,
and guns near Cisterna di Roma, Cori, and Rocca di Papa. P-47
Thunderbolt fighters hit Colleferro and dump at Valmontone.
P-40 fighters score direct hits on vessel and fuel dump in
Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack marshalling yards
at Modena, Brescia, and Verona and several targets including
airfield and Piaggio aircraft factory at Pontedera and railroad
bridges and lines at Parma, Sassuolo, Rubiera, and South of
Vicenza. Heavy bombers and escorting P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
claim 20 fighters shot down. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb marshalling yards at Mantua, Verona, Massa Lombarda,
Ferrara and Arezzo, and targets including Pisa marshalling
yard, Prato marshalling yard, airfields at Pisa and Pontedera,
and road rail junction near Vaiano.
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers and A-36 Apache dive bomber carry
out 70 sorties against a variety of targets in Burma. Target
include supply area at Shingban, truck convoy North of Maingkwan,
supply dumps and motor transport in Kamaing area, bivouac
near Mogaung, troop armoured vehicle concentrations between
Mogaung and Kamaing, artillery positions at Laawn Ga, and railroad
station and warehouses at Lundaung.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers with P-40 support, bomb and strafe Dagua
airfield, destroying and damaging over 20 aircraft. 80 plus
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Momote airfield. More Lhan
40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Kavieng
Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Rabaul area in a diversionary
strike while Navy torpedo bombers lay mines in Simpson Harbour.
30 escorted B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Vunakanau airfield
while 28 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, also with escort, bomb
Rapopo airfield. P-40 fighters and Navy fighters escort Navy
dive-bomber raid on Tobera gun positions and airfield revetments.
4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also bomb Tobera. On Bougainville
weather clears, permitting the first attacks, by 19 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers, on Kara and Kahili, in recent weeks. P-39
fighters attack Puriata River bridges.
Seventh Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from 11th and 30th Bomber Groups,
flying out of Makin and Tarawa, strike Ponape in first Seventh
Air Force raid on the Caroline Islands. 2 of the heavy bombers
hit alternate target of Emidj Island.
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