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14th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Bad weather again covers all strategic targets in Germany except one in the extreme North West. Major effort is against tactical objectives, mainly in France. 1,314 heavy bombers attack targets, including oil refinery at Emmerich, an airfield and a bridge in Germany, 16 airfields in France and 1 in Belgium, 14 bridges, CROSSBOW supply sites, and scattered targets in France. Heavy bomber losses total 14. VIII Fighter Command fighters escort the heavy bombers and engage in heavy aerial combat as fighters intercept the heavy bomber forces. VIII Fighter Command loses 4 aircraft while destroying 4 of the enemy. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe 3 airfields, 2 marshalling yards, an ammunition dump, and several other targets.

Ninth Air Force. Over 500 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers attack rail command South West of Paris and highway command centres South of beachhead area. Junctions, bridges, marshalling yards, gun emplacements, and various defensive strong points are included. Over 15 fighters groups fly escort and attack numerous ground targets, including rail lines running from South West of Paris to Rennes area, and highway traffic in Cherbourg Peninsula and South of beachhead area to the Loire River.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers bomb several bridges and viaducts in North Central Italy, with especially good results on viaduct and railway bridge North of Arezzo. Ships in Leghorn harbour also are hit. Light bombers pound ammunition supplies. Fighter-bombers continue to attack roads and bridges in and just North of battle area (only small number of vehicles are seen) as United States Fifth Army forces take Magliano and Orvieto falls to elements of British Eighth Army.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack oil refineries and other targets in Hungary and Yugoslavia, including Budapest, Petfurdo, Komarom, Osijek, and Sisak. P-38 Lightning fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort heavy bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters strafe and dive-bomb airfields at Kecskemet.

Tenth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers continue ammunition supply to Imphal vicinity. A few P-40 fighters hit Mogaung area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 43 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack river shipping, troops, and villages in Tungting Lake area, at or near Lanchi, Changsha, Chulianchiao, and Linyang.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-39 fighters hit Wewak area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kamiri airfield. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit airfields at Babo, Orai River bridge, and fuel dumps, and other targets near the river's mouth. Halong seaplane base is hit by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

Thirteenth Air Force. 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, P-39 fighters, and Navy aircraft hit supply areas and underground storages along North shore of Gazelle Peninsula from Vulcan Crater to Wunapope. Ralum, Keravia Bay, and Wunapope stores are the hardest hit. P-39 fighters fly 27 sorties along East shoreline of Bougainville from Bonis to Kieta, hitting Monoitu, Bonis, and pier at Kieta Mission.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly extensive photo reconnaissance over the Central and North Kurils. They are attacked by some 20 fighters of which 3 are damaged.

M83 Minesweeper
Sunk 14 June 1944

M343 Minesweeper
Sunk 14 June 1944

R73 R-boat
Sunk 14 June 1944

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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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