Eighth Air Force. During first mission, 231 United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, including 16 Pathfinders,
attack 8 airfields in North France. Clouds and malfunction
of blind bombing equipment cause nearly 100 aborts. 2 heavy
bombers are lost. Favourable break in weather over North France
permits a second mission. 273 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
bomb 3 airfields and 2 landing strips, along with some targets,
in same general area hit by the earlier mission. 1 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers is lost to antiaircraft fire. VIII Fighter Command
fighters escort both heavy bomber missions and during first
mission P-38 Lightning fighters bomb 2 bridges North of Paris,
damaging 1 of them severely. After escorting second mission,
a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers group bombs 2 marshalling yards
with good results. Other fighters bomb a bridge and a marshalling
yard as targets. 15 locomotives, train cars, trucks, and other
vehicles are destroyed, along with 5 aeroplanes. VIII Fighter
Command loses 8 fighters while flying 1,027 sorties during
Ninth Air Force. Operational control of air-ground coordination
of fighter-bomber missions moves from Headquarters Ninth Air
Force and 21 Army Group Combined Control Centre (in United
Kingdom) to Advance Headquarters IX Tactical Air Command (in
Normandy) operating in close proximity to United States First
Army. 265 medium bombers attack fuel dumps, a bridge and a
railway line South of battle area in France. Over 1,300 fighters
fly escort and top cover, and strafe and bomb troop concentrations,
military vehicles, bridges, gun emplacements, tanks, and other
Twelfth Air Force. Except for a United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack on 1 bridge and
an A-20 Havoc light bombers raid on an ammunition dump, weather
prevents completion of light bombers and medium bombers missions.
Fighter-bombers are also restricted but manage to hit several
gun positions, command targets, boats, small ships, barges,
and targets in battle area and at various other locations
including Capo d'Enfola and other points on Elba (where French
forces land and begin clearing island), and Rio Marina.
Fifteenth Air Force. Operations are limited to reconnaissance
Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-36
Apache dive bomber attack forces at Mogaung. 25 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers fly ammunition to Imphal area.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and fighter-bombers attack large
troop concentrations at Shanglishih and Fenglinpu, bomb town
of Lanchi and nearby villages, attack 4 villages in Chuchou
area, hit troop barges at Changsha, damage several supply
boats at Yiyang, and bomb military installations at Ichang.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters
hit shipping in Sorong harbour and airstrips in Babo area.
In Wewak area, A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers, and fighters continue to pound barges and villages.
Heavy bombers again bomb Truk, hitting targets on Eten and
Dublon. Heavy bombers hit Lakunai airfield while A-20 Havoc
light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and fighters
attack numerous targets between Rapopo and Tobera.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, flying from Kwajalein, bomb Ponape.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Makin hit Nauru.
Eleventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 3 air cover missions for
Naval Task Force on withdrawal, following the shelling of
Kurabu Cape installations.
Launched 17 June 1944
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
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