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14th July 1944

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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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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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