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18th August 1944

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Eighth Air Force. Nearly 700 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack 15 assigned targets including bridges, airfields, fuel dumps, an aero engine plant, and several targets, in France and Belgium supported by 8 fighters groups (1 other group escorts medium bombers of Ninth Air Force). 3 of the escorting groups later strafe 3 airfields in France, destroying 48 parked aeroplanes. 12 fighter-bomber groups successfully attack airfields and transportation facilities in the Seine Brussels area encountering about 100 fighters. 15 fighter-bombers are lost. 10 fighters are claimed destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 100 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers strike fuel dump, ammunition dump, rail and road overpass, rail embankment, and junction beyond battle line to disorganise retreating Wehrmacht forces. Over 1,000 fighters fly cover over ground forces in Argentan Paris area, along Seine River, and armed reconnaissance over North and West France.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers blast coastal guns in Toulon area and shipping in Toulon harbour. Fighter-bombers closely support beachhead troops, hit rolling stock and rail lines, and generally disrupt command as United States VI Corps overruns primary defences in coastal area of Southeast France. Fighters maintain beachhead patrols and area cover for bombers.

Fifteenth Air Force. 370 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters-escorted B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb 5 oil refineries around Ploesti. 89 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters cover, bomb Alibunar airfield.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers knock out road bridge, attack town areas, and hit general targets in Bhamo area. 4 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters knock out both approaches to bridge in Hsenwi. Troop concentration in Moda is pounded by 15 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and an A-36 Apache dive bomber. 39 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers closely support ground forces in various Pinbaw area sectors. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters sweep Lashio airfield, strafing several targets.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage areas at Mangshih. 6 pound storage area at Changsha. 60 P-40 fighters, P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters on armed reconnaissance attack troops, town areas, bridges, and other targets in East Burma, Lashio, Tengchung, Lungling, and Mangshih areas, and in Tungting Lake Central Yangtze River area at points including Yoyang, Chaling, Yuhsien, Hengshan, Chuchou, and Hsuchang.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound troops and storage area at Suain and hit defence lines near Sarmi. Armed reconnaissance missions continue over wide stretches of Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) including Amboina Ceram, Palau Islands, and Halmahera Islands. Several targets are attacked.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from Saipan bomb and strafe Pagan Island.

M328 Minesweeper
Commissioned 18 August 1944

T22 Torpedo boat
Sunk 18 August 1944

T30 Torpedo boat
Sunk 18 August 1944

T32 Torpedo boat
Sunk 18 August 1944

R245 R-boat
Launched 18 August 1944

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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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