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16th June 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 313 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, including 22 Pathfinders, attack 4 airfields and 4 CROSSBOW supply sites in France, losing a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers to ground fire. P-38 Lightning fighters of VIII Fighter Command cease flying shipping patrol as of this date. 18 escort heavy bomber missions and attack a concentration of stalled trains between Angouleme and Poitiers, dropping external fuel tanks on them and firing the tanks by strafing. The same tactics are used on trains in marshalling yard at Saint-Pierre-d'Excideuil. Heavy damage is inflicted on both targets, including heavy troop casualties. At Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise a large number of railroad cars are burned by oil and phosphorous bombs and strafing attacks. Other marshalling yards, a power station, railroad station, trains, barges, tanks, trucks, gun emplacements, antiaircraft tower, and an armoured vehicle are attacked. A total of about 400 railroad cars are attacked and about half of them set on fire. In general the fighters attacks are highly effective.

Ninth Air Force. Bad weather prevents bomber operations. More than 500 fighters strafe and bomb rail lines, bridges, and highway traffic in Cherbourg Peninsula.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit rail and road bridges, viaduct, and other command targets at Casalecchio di Reno, Villa Vergano, Lissone, Viareggio, Pisa, Vernio, Grizzana, and Pietrasanta. A-20 Havoc light bombers continue to hit ammunition supplies. Fighter-bombers continue interdiction by hitting bridges, trucks, rail lines, and other targets closer to the front, which now reaches across Italy from West coast near Grosseto to East coast in vicinity of Macerata.

Fifteenth Air Force. Approximately 600 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack oil targets at Vienna and Bratislava. Between 200 and 250 fighters attack the formations and 15 United States aircraft are shot down. Heavy bombers and escorting fighters claim 70 aeroplanes destroyed.

Tenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina and targets in North Burma.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers and fighters hit widespread targets in Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) and in South Pacific (SOPAC). Personnel areas and barges along coast in Wewak and Hansa Bay areas are hit throughout the day. Airfields and shipping at Efman and Samate Islands and at Babo and Sorong are attacked. Dublon and Yap are bombed. Heavy bombers hit Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul. Heavy bombers, medium bombers, light bombers and fighters attack a large variety of targets on Gazelle Peninsula from Tobera airfield to Rabaul.

South Pacific (SOPAC). General Mitchell, United States Marine Corps (USMC), becomes head of Commander Air North Solomons (COMAIRNORSOLS).

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, based at Makin, hit Ponape.

R81 R-boat
Sunk 16 June 1944

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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