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16th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Over 950 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 11 oil refineries, aircraft plants and several targets in Central Germany. 16 fighters groups fly over 600 support sorties. 24 heavy bombers are lost. Fighters claim 32 air victories.

Ninth Air Force. The 4 groups of 98th Combat Bomber Wing move during 16-30 August 1944 from United Kingdom to the Continent. About 130 medium bombers and light bombers hit Foret de Roumare ammunition dump and rail bridges at Pont-Audemer, Thibouville, Brionne, Nassandres, and Le Bourg. Fighters escort IX Bomber Command, give air cover to armoured division and infantry forces, and fly patrol and armed reconnaissance over North and West France.

Twelfth Air Force. In support of DRAGOON forces, fighters and fighter-bombers continue to blast enemy defences and command on the beaches and in the invasion area of South France. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit lights and vehicles during 15-16 August 1944, from North of beachhead to Rhone River and during the day raid ammunition stores. Medium bombers pound Rhone River bridges and gun positions throughout the general area.

Fifteenth Air Force. 89 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb chemical works at Friedrichshafen. 108 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, supporting DRAGOON, attack railroad bridges at Saint-Vallier, Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny, Grenoble, and Isere-Valence. 42 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escort Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force (MATAF) C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft on supply dropping mission to DRAGOON beachheads.

Tenth Air Force. As last Japanese resistance in India ceases, 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Indaw. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit airfields at Lashio, Nawnghkio, Shwebo, Anisakan, and Onbauk. 37 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit strong points, pillboxes, and machine gun positions in Pinbaw area. 19 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack targets at Katha, bridge South of Bhamo, town of Tagwin, railroad targets between Naba and Hopin, enemy held monastery, and ammunition dump at Pegu.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wanling area and warehouses while 12 hit Chaling area and warehouses at Siangtan. 90 P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers hit bridges, fortified positions, troops, trucks, river craft, supplies, gun positions, and other targets in Hsenwi and Lungling areas and in widespread area around Tungting Lake and Central Yangtze River.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Miti and Lolobata airfields, warehouses and shipping facilities at Ternate Island, shipping in Wasile and Weda Bays, installations on Ajoe and Japanese positions at Tanimbar Islands. Off Alor Island B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink small vessel. A-20 Havoc light bombers support ground forces in Maffln Bay area while P-39 fighters hit troops and positions from Manokwari to Windissi and bomb airfields at Ransiki, Moemi, and Waren.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan hit Chichi Jima and Pagan. Marshall based B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Truk.

R20 R-boat
Sunk 16 August 1944

R182 R-boat
Sunk 16 August 1944, along with R213 and R217

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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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