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17th June 1944

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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 the day.

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 tactical targets.

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 missions.

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.

R142 R-boat
Launched 17 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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