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15th July 1944

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Events On This Day

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.

R145 R-boat
Launched 15 July 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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