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17th August 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched against Les Foulons rail bridge abort because of cloud cover over target. 20 fighters groups strafe and bomb between Brussels and Paris, 11 marshalling yards, 2 airfields and numerous targets and destroy many locomotives, train cars, and road vehicles along with bridges, towers, warehouses and barges.

Ninth Air Force. 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb road bridges at Montfort-sur-Risle, Pont-Audemer, Nassandres, Beaumont-le-Roger, Le Bourg, Brionne, and Beaumontel, and rail bridge at La Ferriere-sur-Risle. Fighters fly ground force cover over Saint-Malo and Dreux and armed reconnaissance in North West France. IX Tactical Air Command fighters attack and severely damage Gestapo Headquarters near Chateauroux.

Twelfth Air Force. Despite bad weather, medium bombers attack railroad bridges leading to beachhead area of South French coast and hit coastal guns South West of Toulon. Light bombers hit motor transport during night and drop ammunition to invasion forces. Fighter-bombers and fighters on armed reconnaissance and patrol score excellent results against motor transport and rail cars and destroy several aeroplanes on airfields in South France.

Fifteenth Air Force. 53 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters cover, bomb Nish airfield. 250 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, bomb 3 oil refineries and targets in Ploesti area.

Tenth Air Force. 47 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers support ground forces in Pinbaw area. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Katha. 12 fighter-bombers pound town areas of Nanyinbya and Bilumyo. 12 other fighter-bombers attack artillery positions and storage areas in Momauk area. India is cleared of all Japanese forces.

Fourteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast Yoyang. 18 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad yards and storage area at Chiuchiang and 4 hit road and airfield in Hengyang area and storage buildings at Nanyo. 100 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on offensive reconnaissance attack town areas, bridges, hangars, supply dumps, railroad targets, and road and river traffic in East Burma, around Hsenwi, Tungling, and Tengchung, and throughout Tungting Lake Central Yangtze River area, particularly in Hengyang area. 8 P-40 fighters attack shipping in Haiphong area and between Dong Trieu and Ha Duong.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound airfields on Amboina, Ceram and Boeroe Islands. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe installations at Dili, on Moloe, and in North West Kai Islands. Medium bombers sink transport vessel off Halmahera Island. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Klamono oil fields while fighter-bombers hit gun positions, storage areas, and other targets at Ransiki and Manokwari and troop concentrations along North shore of MacCluer Gulf. On Biak P-40 fighters, supporting ground forces landing at Wardo, pound shore positions and troops inland as enemy remnants on Biak break up into small groups. P-39 fighters strafe troops from Cape Wom to Dandriwad River and near But, and hit gun positions at Marubian.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Saipan bomb Iwo Jima. Makin based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ponape.

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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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