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17th July 1944

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. In the morning 592 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers operating in 3 forces attack 12 railroad bridges, 3 rail junctions, a railway choke point, a V-weapon supply site, a marshalling yard, an airfield, and an oil storage dump in France. 463 fighters complete sorties in support of bombers; elements of 4 groups afterwards strafe ground targets, claiming 23 locomotives, 18 trucks, and 55 train cars destroyed. During the evening 126 heavy bombers attack 12 V-weapon sites in North West France. 5 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers groups provide escort.

Ninth Air Force. With operations limited by weather, 69 medium bombers hit fuel dumps at Rennes while 37 light bombers strike fuel dumps at Bruz and marshalling yard at Dolde-Bretagne. Fighters escort transports, fly area cover, attack fuel dumps and landing field at Angers, dive-bomb defences at Coutances in support of United States First Army, attack Nevers marshalling yard, and hit troop concentrations in support of First Army assault in Saint-Lo area.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers concentrate on Po Valley bridges, hitting road and rail bridges and viaducts at or near Alessandria, Ostiglia, Bogliasco, Borgoforte, Moline, Imperia, Asti, Mollere, and Casale Monferrato. Fighter-bombers continue to hit targets North of battle area, concentrating on bridges and rail lines, while United States Fifth Army elements take Luciana, and reach Arno River Valley, but make little progress toward Leghorn. British Eighth Army forces pursue enemy toward Florence.

Fifteenth Air Force. 162 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yard and railroad bridges at Avignon and railroad bridges at Arles and Tarascon. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort.

Tenth Air Force. 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers continue to hit forces in Myitkyina area, pound Tagwin, and bomb marshalling yard at Mohnyin.

Fourteenth Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Changsha. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 21 P-40 fighters pound railroad yards at Kaifeng. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters hit Tengchung.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Operations against the Carolines are restricted to snooper missions against Yap and Woleai. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb gun positions around Manokwari and airfield at Moemi. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink large lugger in Kaiboes Bay. A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and P-39 fighters hit troop concentrations and supplies between Aitape and Wewak at Abau, Parakaviu, Nyaparake, and East of Tadji and bomb Boram airfield and Cape Moem. Fuiloro is bombed by B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters bomb and strafe Tinian. 48 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin stage through Engebi to bomb Ponape. 47 of the medium bombers (1 aborts) attack airfields facilities, antiaircraft positions, and other targets throughout the atoll.

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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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