Eighth Air Force. 437 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers attack targets in Germany, including Hemmingstedt
oil refinery, Kiel port area, Peenemunde
experimental establishment, scientific Headquarters at Zinnowitz,
targets of Cuxhaven, and marshalling yards at Stralsund. 454
fighters fly supporting sorties. 3 heavy bombers and 3 fighters
are lost. 571 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (in conjunction
with Ninth Air Force and The British Royal Air Force (RAF)
Bomber Command) bomb enemy equipment and troop concentrations
in support of assault by British Second Army in Caen area.
90 The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires fly uneventful
support for the heavy bombers.
Ninth Air Force. 400 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers
hit various military targets in support of ground forces in
Caen area, and later in day bomb rail and highway bridges
beyond the front lines. Large number of fighters fly escort,
dive-bomb gun positions at Rouen and Mantesla-Jolie, hit military
targets in Chartres area (using rockets), attack gun positions,
bridges, and other targets in Benney Alencon Saint-Lo area,
and fly armed reconnaissance and fighters sweeps over wide
areas of North and West France.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers bomb road junction South of Campi and
Sarzana and attack La Spezia area during 17
July 1944. During the day bad weather cancels medium bombers
missions. Fighter-bombers, operating on reduced scale, hit
several bridges, roads, rail lines, and other command targets
and guns North of and in battle area as United States Fifth
Army forces reach Leghorn.
Fifteenth Air Force. 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers attack Memmingen airfield Dornier
aircraft works at Manzell, and Casarsa della Delizia railroad
bridge. Between 260 and 300 fighters oppose the formations
attacking targets in Germany, beginning interception at North
Adriatic coast, continuing to the targets and back as far
as Brenner Pass. 20 United States aircraft are lost. Heavy
bomber's and escorting fighters claim 66 fighters shot down.
Tenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters hit Myitkyina area. 8 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters attack
Theinin, and 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers support ground
forces at Pyindaw. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Myitkyina
Fourteenth Air Force. In Hengyang Tungting Lake region 30
P-40 fighters strafe shipping between Chaling and Hengyang,
bomb town of Hengyang, and hit the airfield and several antiaircraft
positions in the area. 16 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers and
P-40 fighters hit river shipping from Lienchiangkou to Samshui
to Sainam. 13 P-40 fighters hit fuel dump on railroad near
Far East Air Force (FEAF). United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Yap,
bombing town and Blelatsch peninsula; several of the heavy
bombers bomb Sorol Island. Bad weather prevents strikes on
Vogelkop Peninsula. Fighter-bombers continue to hit barges,
supply routes, and troop concentrations in coastal area from
Aitape to Wewak.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters pound Tinian and Pagan. 5 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers, flying out of Kwajalein, hit Wotje. 25 B-24
Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Eniwetok, attack
Sunk 18 July 1944
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