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
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
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers, based at Makin, hit Ponape.
Sunk 16 June 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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