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16th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 577 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Munich and surrounding area. Targets include marshalling yards, aircraft engine plants, Munich, Riem airfield, and city of Augsburg. 409 bomb Saarbrucken marshalling yards and adjacent areas. Fighters fly 684 supporting sorties and also strafe Bruges airfield and rail transportation. 11 heavy bombers and 3 fighters are lost.

Ninth Air Force. General Williams, Commanding General IX Troop Carrier Command, arrives in Italy from United Kingdom, and activates Provisional Troop Carrier Division which will take part in invasion of South France. About 375 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers, during morning and evening operations, bomb strong points in Saint-Lo area, bridges in front-line area, and bridges and fuel dump Southeast of Rennes. Fighters escort the bombers and fly armed reconnaissance over front lines in Chateaudun Orleans Tours areas.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit bridges in Po Valley at Peschiera del Garda, Mantua, Torre Beretti, Piacenza, Casale Monferrato, and Bressana Bottarone. Fighter-bombers hit railroads and bridge just North of battle line as United States Fifth Army forces take territory Southeast of Leghorn and push to within sight of Arno River Valley. British Eighth Army elements take Arezzo and thrust through to the Arno River.

Fifteenth Air Force. Around 380 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack oil and aircraft targets in Vienna area, bombing Munchendorf airfield, Winterhafen oil depot, Vienna marshalling yard, and Wiener Neudorf engine factory. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly more than 150 sorties in escort while 132 other P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers sweep Vienna area. More than 100 fighters oppose the raids. 10 United States aeroplanes are lost and several others are missing. United States claims of fighters shot down total over 30.

Tenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters continue to hit forces in Myitkyina area. 20 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack railroad bridges at Namkwin, Manla, and Hopin, and hit general targets in Hopin area. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town of Maingna and bridges at Mohnyin.

Fourteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Changsha, causing heavy damage. 40 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-40 fighters hit river shipping at Changsha, attack targets South of Hengyang, and bomb building area at Ikiawan.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue bombing Yap. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound antiaircraft positions at Manokwari. Fighter-bombers bomb supply dumps North of Moemi and attack shipping in Kokas Babo area. Bombers and fighters again hit troop and supply concentrations in Wewak sector. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Atamboea airfield. Troop Carrier missions to forward bases, especially Biak, increase.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters continue to pound Tinian.

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