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18th July 1944

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Events On This Day

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 17-18 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 and Naungtalaw.

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 Kangtsun-i.

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 Truk.

R139 R-boat
Sunk 18 July 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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