Eighth Air Force. With conversion of 55th Fighter Group from
P-38 Lightning fighters to P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, the
Eighth acquires majority of P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups
to provide longer range high altitude escort for the heavy
bombers. Conversion to P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers will continue
until by the end of the year every group except 1 will be
equipped with them. In morning mission 319 B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers drop supplies to French interior forces in South
France. 4 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups fly 499 sorties
in support. No bombers or fighters are lost. Heavy bombers
claim 9 enemy fighters destroyed and the fighters claim 4.
During the evening 93 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields
at Peronne and Montdidier. Nearly 40 other heavy bombers do
not bomb because of failure of blind bombing equipment. Fighters
fly 83 uneventful sorties in support. No aircraft are lost.
Ninth Air Force. Weather again curtails operations. 62 B-26
Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers, using
Oboe, bomb railway embankment at Bourth and rail bridge at
Merey. Fighters provide escort and fly armed reconnaissance
over widespread areas of West France, attacking bridges, trains,
rail lines, and military transport targets. 85 Luftwaffe fighters
give battle near Brezolles and Alencon. 6 fighters are claimed
by United States fighters, against 5 missing from IX Fighter
Command. IX Tactical Air Command strafes and bombs defended
positions ahead of United States First Army. Fighters cut
rail lines in L'Aigle-Alencon area, bomb troop concentrations
near Periers, and marshalling yards at Chateaudun and Aube-sur-Rile.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers concentrate on Po River Valley bridges. 600 ft (2
centre spans) of Taglio di Po road bridge and 1 span of Piacenza
rail bridge are destroyed, and damaging hits are scored on
Corbola road and railroad bridges. Fighter-bombers again hit
gun positions and lines of command in and North of battle
areas while light bombers attack supplies.
Fifteenth Air Force. 430 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers attack 4 oil refineries at Budapest and Petfurdo
and marshalling yard at Mantua. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
and P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
fly uneventful sweep of Budapest area. P-38 Lightning fighters
strafe trains North of La Spezia and dive-bomb Ghedi airfield.
Tenth Air Force. 49 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters pound enemy forces in Myitkyina vicinity. 38 P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit
bridges at Mohnyin, Kadu, Henu, and Mawlu, bomb supplies at
Nyaungbintha, support ground forces near Myitkyina, bomb rice
mill at Mohnyin, and hit several buildings at Hopin.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
fighter-bombers and medium bombers hit fighters strip North
of Changsha, artillery positions at Leiyang, town of Sungpai,
and road and river traffic from Hengyang to Yuhsien and from
Sienning to Tungshan; also attacked are various targets around
towns of Hengyang, Changsha, and Chaling. During the night
fighter-bombers blast Pailochi airfield, destroying more than
20 enemy aeroplanes. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb roads
in Tengchung area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters
pound railroad yards at Siangsiang.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue to
blast Yap. Oil reservoirs and wells at Boela are bombed and
strafed by A-20 Havoc light bombers. B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack barge facilities
and gun positions at Lautem. On Vogelkop Peninsula night fighters
hit airfields while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb barge
terminal at Kokas. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Japanese forces
at Sauri and bomb airfields at But. Fighter-bombers support
ground forces in Aitape area along Driniumor River and Koronal
Creek and blast troop concentrations near Afua.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters again hit Tinian.
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