Ninth Air Force. Weather cancels most operations but 4 B-26
Marauder medium bombers (92 others abort) hit L'Aigle rail
bridge during afternoon. 3 fighter-bombers fly uneventful
sweep. Fighters of IX Tactical Air Command fly area cover
and bomb infantry, artillery, marshalling yard, railroad,
and a bridge in Saint-Lo, Argentan, and Falaise areas.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers campaign against Po River Valley bridges (MALLORY
MAJOR) reaches successful conclusion (though interdiction
program against the bridges is subsequently continued on expanded
scale) as most of the rail and road bridges in target area
are destroyed or severely damaged by previous attacks and
raids which struck bridges at Bozzolo, Desenzano de Garda,
Cremona, Borgoforte, Ostiglia, Polesella, Sermide, Ferrara,
Aulla, Filattiera, Ficarolo, and Chiavari and marshalling
yard at Villafranca di Verona. Fighter-bombers attack road
bridges North of battle line and hit gun positions, roads,
motor transport, and other targets, while supporting ground
forces slowly advancing North along a line extending East
from the coast below Leghorn.
Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 600 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers bomb 4 oil refineries in Ploesti area and Teleajenul
pumping station. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning
fighters fly over 300 escort sorties.
Tenth Air Force. 38 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters continue support of ground forces in Myitkyina area.
60 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
attack bridges at Manla, Henu, and Mawlu, sweep Lashio, Katha,
and Talawgyi areas, and hit motor pool at Kadu and targets
around Sangin and Mohnyin. 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
attack Myitkyina area and hit bridges and supply area at Mawhun.
Fourteenth Air Force. Approximately 100 United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters,
and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers blast towns of Sinshih, Chuchou,
Siangtan, Siangsiang, Sungpai, and Chaling, concentrating
on military and railroad installations and river shipping.
Villages, troop concentrations, and river craft are attacked
North and West of Hengyang and from Chaling to Yuhsien. In
Salween area 26 P-40 fighters support Chinese forces and 12
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mangshih and Lungling. 12
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters bomb railroad
yards at Hsuchang, causing considerable damage.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast Yap,
scoring numerous hits in Yap town area and on radio station
and barracks area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, penetrating
heavy weather front, bomb airfields at Efman while B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit enemy forces along Korrido Anchorage, and
A-20 Havoc light bombers blast gun emplacements on island
off Manokwari. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-20 Havoc light
bombers, and fighter-bombers again pound troop concentrations
over wide area around Wewak.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe Tinian. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, hit Truk.
Launched 15 July 1944
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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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