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15th June 1944

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Eighth Air Force. 1,225 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers operating in 8 forces bomb Misburg oil refinery in Germany and numerous tactical targets in France, including 9 airfields, an aircraft plant, a CROSSBOW supply site, 11 bridges, a marshalling yard, and various scattered targets. Losses total 4 heavy bombers. VIII Fighter Command escorts the heavy bombers, flies shipping patrol, and carries out fighter-bomber attack on bridges at Etaples. Fighter attacks destroy a locomotive and 5 trucks, along with 5 aircraft. A total of 762 fighters sorties are flown. No losses are suffered.

Ninth Air Force. Over 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers direct main attacks against fuel and ammunition dumps, rail and highway command, and armoured division Headquarters South of bridgehead on Douve River. Over 1,400 fighters fly armed reconnaissance in Valognes-Cherbourg area, West part of Cherbourg Peninsula, and along command lines South to Loire. Fighters also attack shipping between the Channel Islands and Cherbourg Peninsula.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers blast rail and road bridges in La Spezia sector and in area South of Florence. Light bombers again hit ammunition supplies. Fighter-bombers and fighters hit bridges and roads North of battle lines again only scattered motor transport targets are available for strafing. United States Fifth Army patrols move into Grosseto and British Eighth Army pushes beyond Todi toward Perugia.

Fifteenth Air Force. Weather cancels bombing operations. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters strafe La Jasse, Orange, Plan de Dieu, Orange, Caritat, Avignon, Chateau-Blanc, and Avignon, Pujaut airfields.

Tenth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly ammunition to Imphal area. 27 A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters pound Mogaung and Myitkyina.

Fourteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit Japanese cavalry forces at Chuchou and several supply boats on Siang Chiang River. 10 P-40 fighters destroy or damage several tanks, trucks, and train cars between Loyang and Shanhsien. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb warehouse area at Canton, causing heavy damage.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Far East Air Force (FEAF) United States is formed with jurisdiction over Fifth and Thirteenth Air Forces. General Kenney becomes Commanding General Far East Air Force (FEAF), with Headquarters in Brisbane. Far East Air Force (FEAF) heavy bombers, medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters attack barges in Manokwari area, village in Wakde area. Also bombed are airfields on Timor and Truk. Thirteenth Air Force aeroplanes still in Solomon Bismarck area hit Tobera airfield and forces on Bougainville. Amphibious forces of United States Marines land on Saipan.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS) is dissolved, to be replaced by a new command , Air Command, Northern Solomons (COMAIRNORSOLS).

Thirteenth Air Force. Headquarters Thirteenth Air Force moves from Guadalcanal to Los Negros, from which the heavy bombers have been operating since April as Thirteenth Air Task Force. General Streett becomes Commanding General Thirteenth Air Force, which becomes part of Far East Air Force (FEAF) United States. The medium bombers and fighters, together with other Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS) aeroplanes, continue to maintain the neutralisation of Rabaul and the pounding of the Bougainville Buka area through July 1944 and into August 1944.

Twentieth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's bomb Japan. With the exception of Eleventh Air Force's raids on the Kurils, this is first air attack against Japan since Doolittle's raid. 47 B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's, operating out of Chengtu, bomb primary target of Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata. The Twentieth's first combat loss during a bombing mission results when fighters destroy a B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber down with engine trouble at Neihsiang airfield in China.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly armed photo reconnaissance over Shimushiru Island.

Falke Torpedo boat
Sunk 15 June 1944

Jaguar Torpedo boat
Sunk 15 June 1944

Möwe Torpedo boat
Sunk 15 June 1944

T33 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 15 June 1944

M103 Minesweeper
Sunk 15 June 1944

M402 Minesweeper
Sunk 15 June 1944

R51 R-boat
Sunk 15 June 1944

R92 R-boat
Sunk 15 June 1944, along with R125 and R129. After being attacked by British aircraft.

R182 R-boat
Sunk 15 June 1944

R232 R-boat
Sunk 15 June 1944

R237 R-boat
Sunk 15 June 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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